The Relationship Between Water and Shampoo

The Relationship Between Water and Shampoo

When you walk down the shampoo aisle, there are shelves upon shelves of options. Each product has different fragrances, ingredients, and promises. Maybe it says it’ll make your dull hair shine or make your hair grow faster than ever. The market for hair products that are meant for our hair is oversaturated, yet doesn’t truly serve us. Your favorite shampoo is likely low-quality and may have a negative impact on your hair when used long-term. If you want to make sure you have the best shampoo for you and your hair, continue reading.

There are multiple things to consider when selecting the best product for your hair. Today, we’re going to discuss why the water in your home deeply impacts your cleansing.

Identify Your Water: Hard or Soft

First, you need to identify what type of water is in your home. There are two types of water your home could have: hard or soft. Hard water has minerals such as magnesium and calcium in it. Soft water, however, is rainwater or water that has been chemically treated.

A quick, easy way to check if you have water is to fill a water bottle about two-thirds of the way. Add a couple of drops of liquid soap and shake the bottle up. If the water is cloudy and has little suds your water is hard.

Another way to find out what type of water you have is to check with your town hall.

Soft Water: Clarifying Shampoo

Soft water allows for soap to lather easily. In the experiment above, a bottle of clear water and lots of bubbles indicate soft water. If you have this water type, you should occasionally use a high-quality clarifying shampoo. Using a clarifying shampoo every few washes will remove the product buildup from your scalp and hair. Be sure that you are thorough when you wash your hair and you’re all set!

Hard Water: Chelating Shampoo

If your water is hard, you shouldn’t use a simple clarifying shampoo. The mineral buildup won’t allow the shampoo to properly clean your hair. You’ll need to use a chelating shampoo instead. This shampoo is stronger and capable of breaking down the minerals. It will help your hair properly hydrate by removing all buildup from the cuticle. If you’ve been living with hard water and using the incorrect shampoo, the difference will be night and day once you make the switch.

If you have soft water but use a lot of hair products, then you can use chelating shampoo every 2-3 months.

There’s still more.

Other types of shampoos aren’t mentioned here. We’ll get to that later. If you can’t wait for more knowledge about finding the best shampoo for you, pick up a copy of our Hair Product Guide! You’ll find more information about the cleansing process and more.
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