How can hard water be harmful to my hair and skin?
It is hard, naturally, to believe that the water filtered by your town or city and comes to you through your tap could be harmful to your body. Hard water, which is water that contains high amounts of chalk, lime and other various other minerals, is not harmful in itself. But when repeatedly applied to your sensitive skin and hair, damage can definitely result.
How? The minerals in hard water are left on your skin, blocking pores and trapping bacteria. This can lead to itching, dryness, and rashes. Your hair also suffers from this buildup of minerals, clinging especially close to the scalp and making your hair appear dull, weighty, and lifeless. The minerals also prevent shampoo from lathering properly, making your attempts to scrub the shine back into your locks difficult. Residue from shampoo and products becomes further lodged in the minerals, adding to the weight and dullness of your hair.
How can I combat hardness in my water?
For temporary fixes, wash your hair and skin occasionally with apple cider vinegar. This will certainly help remove that pesky buildup of minerals and has plenty of other health benefits. The only way to permanently remove hard water however is through a water softening system. Installed directly into your home, a softener removes minerals, chlorine, and chemicals that your town or city does not. Your hair will be fuller and shinier, your skin smoother and left feeling truly clean after your shower. You just might save money too – say goodbye to those added products you’ve been using to try and sooth your skin and liven your hair.
How does a home water softener work?
A water softener works by switching "ions" of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium through these steps:
- Your water flows through a resin bed of small plastic beads or zeolite, which are covered with sodium or potassium ions. These ions change places with the calcium and magnesium ions as water flows through the system. When the sodium and potassium ions are depleted the softening process will stop and need to regenerate.
- Brine, rich in sodium and potassium, floods the resin bed during regeneration and replaces the sodium and potassium ions.
- Backwash follows. Unwanted calcium and magnesium, along with any sediment and dirt, are expelled from the system and drained away.
- Finally, the mineral tank is rinsed with fresh water and the brine tank is readied for the next cycle.
This entire process is automatic. It can be programmed to occur only when necessary, or at times when it will cause the least disruption to the occupants of your home. You can rise out of bed in the morning and step into your shower with the comfort and consolation that your home water softening system has done all the work for you. Your skin and your hair will thank you.