Does Hard Water Cause Hair Loss?

hard-water-scalpHair fall can be caused by many factors, including heredity, stress, medication side effect, vitamin D deficiency, lack protein, alopecia areata, iron deficiency, hair treatments, hormone imbalance, diabetes and so on. Besides, it has also been suggested that there is a link between hard water and hair loss. So, can hard water make your hair thin? Actually, you really should think of this possibility, especially when it occurs without any noticeable reasons.

While drinking hard water is not bad for you, it may lead to hair problems. In fact, many people may not be aware that prolonged use of it can be one highly overlooked cause too. Although this view is widely held, it is important to note that some experts don’t really agree with it.

“Soft” water means that it contains a small amount of calcium and magnesium ions. In other words, it is called “hard” when it has a high mineral content. It is worth mentioning that there are “permanent” and “temporary” hardness. While the former is caused by sulphate and chloride compounds, the latter is caused by sodium bicarbonate or magnesium bicarbonate. So, the former can be reduced by boiling or softening by the addition of lime (calcium hydroxide) but the later won’t.

In a way, hard water can be so bad for your hair. First, because of the presence of calcium carbonate and other minerals, water is weakly alkaline. And the harder it is the more alkaline it becomes. As you may know, hair preferably grows in an environment of weak acid. Then the change of growth environment will thus affect their natural growth. So, after many washing with slightly alkaline water, they would be gradually eroded. Second, this water itself is difficult to get yours really clean due to the minerals dissolved. Third, some heavy metal ions are very hard to be removed once they penetrate and store under the scalp. Fourth, shampoo or soap containing sodium stearate will lead to the precipitation of sodium stearate and magnesium stearate when it contacts water that has high mineral content. When they attach to the dry scalp, the buildup of minerals and shampoo on the scalp will cause frizz to your hair. As a result, over time hair loss is unavoidable. However, you might become immune if you live in an area with hard water for long enough.

Even though a lot of people do believe that the use of high mineral water can cause hair loss, some medical experts argue that there is no evidence supporting this claim. In fact, many professionals believe that it is incapable of such damage, except for leaving mineral residue on them. The mineral residue tends to make yours appear frizzy, dry, tangled, lifeless, and dull. In addition, the high mineral content can lead to dryness, split ends, dandruff, and breakage. If the breakage occurs near the scalp, it tends to give you the feeling of an increase in hair loss after the washing. So, some medical experts conclude that severe or sudden Alopecia is not normal and shampooing with water with high mineral content is simply a scapegoat.

So, how to prevent hair loss due to hard water? If this problem does concern you, you should test the mineral content and then use the following tips accordingly. First, soften your water to reduce the amount of minerals left on the hair surface after shampooing. Second, use bottled or filtered alternative to wash yours to reduce the exposure. Third, boil the water. Fourth, add vinegar or lemon to neutralize alkalis and wait for a few minutes before the washing.

If you are suffering from hair loss, it is a good idea to consult a doctor. Although hard water may be harmful, most experts do not think it is one of the main reasons for this problem. So, apparently your priority is to discover the causes of Alopecia and identify yours for better treatment by talking to your doctor.

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