Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Minimizing Breakage Series:Hard Water Diagnosis


Hard Water is basically water  with a high mineral content. However, minerals can cause dryness and breakage. Hard water has a slightly more alkaline pH (8) than regular water. Hard water's elevated pH damages the hair by making it swell and lifting the cuticles more than normal. The deposits of these minerals on hair can build up on the scalp causing dandruff.

These are the signs to look for  to determine if you have hard water.

  • Hair tangles excessively after washing
  • Hair feels really dry despite diligent deep conditioning and moisturizing
  • Hair color fades easily  and dull rapidly
  • Shampoo does not lather as it should
  • Hair breaks chronically and does not respond to treatment and care
  • Hair does not take to color or other chemical processes such as relaxing
  •  Areas with the softest water include: parts of New England, The South Atlantic-Gulf States, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii
  • Areas with moderately hard waters are Tennessee, the Great Lakes area and the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States
  • Areas with Hard to very hard waters include Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona and Southern California

Credits: The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy

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4 comments:

  1. Great Post Tinuke!..I'll be on the look out for these tips.  Thanks for posting.

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  3. Can you just test the water with PH strips? I live in Ohio now and not quite sure where i fit. Maybe the moderate hard water?

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  4. You can test with your pH Strips I believe you are in the Great Lakes Region and have moderately hard water

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