So you have tried every product on the shelf, the good, the bad and the damn right desperate. Nothing seems to work, your hair remains dry, brittle and straw like. You long for the defined curls, delicate sheen and healthy appearance printed on labels. Only to be left disappointed, despondent and discouraged because your strands seem to laugh evilly at the promise of skilfully marketed products. If this sounds like the predicament in which you find yourself. Then maybe it's time to turn your attention to the one thing that has remained consistent throughout the process… perhaps its your water.
Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Aluminium. Silica and Manganese can also be found in some elevated cases. A diet rich in minerals is essential for optimum nutrition and subsequent hair growth, however, minerals deposited on the shaft of the hair as a result of hard water can lead to dry, brittle, lifeless and untameable strands that are resistant to conditioning. Furthermore more these minerals react with the ingredients in soaps and shampoos to produce a solid salt precipitate aka soap scum… waters insoluble enemy and As far as your strands are concerned scum water is the spawn of Satan ( ok perhaps I went a bit too far, but you get the point ).
Use this simple questionnaire to help determine your hard water status.
Do your soaps and shampoo not lather well?
Does your hair lack lustre, feel dull and heavy despite cleansing & conditioning efforts?
Is your hair dry and suffering from chronic breakage despite relentless treatment efforts?
Does your hair colour turn dull and fade quickly?
Do you feel as though a film is left on your skin after taking a shower or bath?
Do you find that your laundry is not entirely clean or dingy looking following a wash?
Over time do you find there is a noticeable decrease in cleaning power of your detergent and soap?
If you answered yes to 5 or more questions then its likely you have hard water.
A simple way to minimise the effect that hard water has on your tresses is to use an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar is a multi-purpose superhero , its mild acidity reacts with the salts within soap scum, breaking them down into water-soluble molecules that are easy to wash away (Woo Hoo) Its low pH will also help restore the hairs own pH levels and close raised cuticles, which helps to treat and manage porous hair.
For this rinse you will need to;
Dilute roughly 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water (some trial and error will help you discover your preferred ratio)
After shampooing your hair with our cleaner curls shampoo, pour the rinse over your entire head, making sure to avoid getting it into your eyes.
Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Rinse, then feel free to condition your hair with our kiss me curls conditioner.
Your hair may smell slightly of vinegar but it should quickly diffuse. If you have very hard water in your home, it would be a good idea to invest in a water filter. These work by filtering out the insoluble charged calcium and magnesium atoms which react negatively with surfactants and soap. Or consider attempting a weekly vinegar rinse following a shampoo cleanse, this will help to prevent mineral build-up and reduce the damaging effects hard water can have on your hair.