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What Causes Dry Hair? 4 Hard Water Problems You Need to Know

Women avoids dry hair with home water softener system

Have you ever wondered what causes dry hair? Did you know that the answer is often the water you use to wash it?

In fact, hard water can impact your health in a number of ways, and the problems can range from merely inconvenient to seriously troublesome. Here are some of the reasons you should have your water tested for softness as soon as possible to reduce the hard water problems on your health.

1. Hard Water Dries Out Your Hair

Hard water wreaks havoc on your hair. If you have dry hair, there’s a good chance that hard water is the reason. Here’s how: Hard water is loaded with calcium and magnesium. These minerals make it difficult for soap to lather and wash your hair properly, leaving much of any shampoo you use undiluted. This undiluted shampoo sticks to your hair as a film, drying your hair out. Worse yet, because hard water doesn’t dilute soap easily, it can be hard to wash this film out, creating a cycle of dry hair that’s hard to fix.

2. Hard Water Can Cause Dandruff

That’s right: it’s not just your hair that hard water leaves dried and miserable in its wake. Your scalp can fall victim to hard water as well. The calcium and magnesium in hard water can combine with shampoo to create the same combination of soap and mineral film that dries out your hair on your scalp as well, causing dandruff.

The Impacts of Hard Water on Family Health

3. Hard Water Can Irritate Your Skin

The fact that hard water prevents soap from breaking down affects all aspects of washing. It has the same effect on the soap you use to bathe, as well as laundry detergent. As a result, soap residue can stick on your skin after a shower, or after putting on clothes washed in hard water. This can dry out and irritate your skin. If you have an existing skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema, hard water can exacerbate the problem. Additionally, the soap film that hard water leaves behind on your skin can clog pores, potentially causing acne.

4. Hard Water Can Damage Your Appliances

As minerals in hard water build up, they can eventually start to clog and damage items in your home, such as shower heads, faucets, and your fridge’s water dispenser. Although you can clean hard water buildup, doing so repeatedly over time can be a bigger headache than it’s worth, especially considering how easy it can be to solve a hard water problem in the first place.

Hard water isn’t simply a minor nuisance. It can negatively affect you and your family’s life in a lot of ways that you perhaps didn’t know before. Thankfully, it has never been easier to treat hard water and give yourself the peace of mind that something we take for granted in our day to day life is not something you need to be worrying about. Contact us today and schedule a free water quality assessment. For a limited time you can receive a $50 retail gift card, no strings attached!

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