Hard water is water that holds high mineral content. When water makes its way through our pipes and out of our taps through chalk and limestone hard water occurs which is mainly made of magnesium and calcium carbonates.
You can’t see hard water as it comes out of our taps; however, its existence is noticeable in the residue that it leaves behind.
Why Hard Water Affects Extensions The Way That It Does
If you live in a hard water area, your hair could be affected. Just think about all of that limescale that forms around your taps and in your kettle. That same residue also sits on the surface of your hair, and when you wash your hair, you continuously add to the problem.
Will I Be Able To Tell If My Hair Extensions Are Affected?
There are many signs that your hair is being affected by hard water, and if you suffer from any of the symptoms listed below the cause of this could be hard water.
Your hair is:
- Hard to brush, especially after washing your hair
- Tangling a lot
- Challenging to remove all of the shampoo and conditioner during washing
- Lifeless and Dull
- Unable to hold treatments or colour
- Unnatural looking change of hair colour
- Prone to dry, itching and breakage
The Impact Hard Water Has On Human Hair Extensions
Whether or not you use the highest-quality human hair extensions from renowned salons like Emilly Hadrill Hair; if you are washing your hair in a hard water area, this can impact your hair extensions. Therefore you need to take the appropriate action to limit the effect this can have on your hair.
For extension wearers, it’s critical to get to the bottom of this issue because the hair will not have the ability to correct itself as natural hair does. For our natural hair, our scalp begins to over produce sebum to keep the hair moisturised and nourished, limiting the effect the hard water has on our hair.
Unfortunately, hair extensions are not attached to the scalp; therefore you need to step in to protect them yourself.
Hair Oils Help Reduce The Impact Of Hard Water
Sebum is a natural oil that is produced from the scalp, and it plays a crucial role in keeping our hair shiny, soft and well-nourished. Hair extensions will not receive any of this natural oil from your scalp like your natural hair does, so you will need to use a product full of sebum to replace it.
By applying products with 100% pure sebum oil to the mid-lengths and ends of your extensions two to three times a week, you will be giving your extensions all of the nourishment they need to thrive and survive.
Use A Filtered Shower Head
You can remove several elements that make your water ‘hard’ by using a filter system on your shower head. This method will not work as perfectly as a fully installed water softening system; however, it will make a vast improvement.
You will need to bear in mind that the filter system will need to be replaced once every six months or so, as the more it is used, the less efficient it will be.
Other Solutions When Washing Your Extensions
If a filtered shower head or water softening system is not a good option for you, you should start to substitute the water you use to wash your hair with inexpensive bottled or filtered water.