Hair fall is one of the most common hair-related problems faced by most of us. Or at least, one that affects our psyche the most. When you’re in the shower and see the clumps of hair that attach themselves to your hand as you shampoo, it can be quite a heartbreaking sight. Most of us have tried switching to a plethora of different hair fall prevention shampoos and conditioners or procured some fancy, expensive scalp cleansers on the recommendation of different hair specialists. One thing that is often ignored by most of us is the role played by the water we use when taking a bath.
Water is the primary agent of hair cleansing. What could it possibly be doing to ruin hair? Water isn’t as innocent as we play it out to be. The kind of water you’re using may, in fact, be the cause of your hair fall problems. How? You may ask. Here is your answer:
There are many types of water your hair could be exposed to - hard water (courtesy of the water supply coming to your house), chlorine water from swimming, hot water (depending on your water temperature preferences), rainwater (thanks a lot weather!), and many others. All these affect hair in different ways.
Many of us may be unaware of what kind of water flows in our taps. If your pipes are supplied with hard water, this could mean very bad things for your hair. Hard water causes thinning and breakage of hair, along with dryness. This is mainly due to the presence of excess amounts of magnesium, calcium, and silica in the water. This hair damage can become the primary causes of hair loss.
You must have noticed that your hair feels rough and frizzy after you’ve walked in the rain, even if it was just a slight drizzle, it still shows when you look in the mirror. This is because rainwater is often polluted due to the increasing atmospheric pollution in our world today. These pollutants that are dissolved in the water come in contact with your hair which translates to adverse conditions for hair health and therefore, hair fall.
Swimming is a great summer activity! The downside is that most pools are filled with chlorinated water. Even if you do wear a swimming cap, pool water will always find a way to get in. Nobody can say that they recall a time when they’ve gotten out of the pool with dry hair. When your hair gets wet in the pool, it’s not only water that it’s coming in contact with but also chlorine. Chlorine helps get rid of water pollutants, which is why it is used, but when it comes in contact with your hair, it makes it dry and brittle. This dryness eventually leads to the deterioration of the health of your hair, therefore causing hair fall.
Hot water showers are one of the most pleasurable kinds. Hot water is the best way to get rid of all the tension in all your muscles. As therapeutic as it can be, for your hair, it can be a cruel agent of destruction. At higher temperatures, hot water tends to get rid of the natural oils of the hair. When these oils are lost, hair loses its sheen and nourishment. Without this nourishment, the hair becomes coarse and weak, making it fall. In addition to this, hot water also adversely affects scalp health which adds to the hair fall problem along with causing itchiness and dandruff.
Other types of water:
Saltwater: Saltwater strips your hair of moisture leaving it dry and brittle and subject to breakage.
Groundwater: It contains many minerals such as magnesium and calcium which make your hair lose its lustre and strength.
Desalinated water: Though this water does not contain salt, it does contain sodium and chlorine, both of which are harmful to the hair, leading to hair loss.
As we can see from this classification, more often than not, there isn’t much we can do to prevent our exposure to these types of waters. The water we get at our homes depends on the government’s water supply which is out of our control. This means you’ll have to protect your hair in other ways, including regular oiling, conditioning, temperature regulation, and head massages to improve blood circulation. These few steps can go a long way to prevent or reduce hair loss!