Hair Cleaning

Calcium build up in your hair?

Melissa Lange
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If you’re washing your hair with water, you may notice calcium build up in your hair. Water’s hardness is determined by the concentration of the cations in the water. Most drinking water you get from the tap contains a high level of calcium and magnesium. When you heat it, the calcium will form a thin layer on your hair. What is the effect of hard water on your hair and how can you cope with it?

I’m always surprised to see how my hair turns out when I’m taking a shower on my vacation destination. In the Netherlands I’m dealing with normal hard water, between 6,1 and 6,8 dH. On the website of waterhardheid you can check how hard the water is where you’re living (only for people who live in the Netherlands). Otherwise you can try Google to see with what water hardness you’re dealing with.

What are the disadvantages of hard water?:

  • Clogged pipes.
  • Devices with heating elements can get limescale (such as boilers and shower heads).
  • Hard water can affect your wallet. You need to buy more washing powder, special descaling products and replace damaged appliciances.
  • Reduces the lifespan of your electrical heating elements.
  • You’ll need more washing powder, soap, etc. Soap works less good with hard water so you need more soap. More soap = bad for your skin, the environment and wallet.
  • Hard water dries out your skin what makes it feel itchy and can cause eczema and can even make it worse.
  • Hard water can make your hair look dull.

When you wash your hair with water from the tap you can get limescale in your hair. The minerals who are present in tapwater can form a layer limescale, what can make your hair look dull. It can also make your hair rough. Rough hair gets tangled more easily, what gets your hair damaged which can lead to breakage.

There are several things you can do to avoid calcium build up is to install a shower filter, so the minerals and ions will get removed from the water when you take a shower. If you are looking for alternatives you can read the tips below. Something you also can try is use bottled water from a supermarket. What I wouldn’t recommend is distilled water. This water is purified, all the minerals and bicarbonate and ions are removed, it’s actually “dead” water. There are also good minerals in “normal” water, so it’s unnessasary to use destilled water.

How to remove calcium build up from your hair with apple cider vinegar?

What do you need?

– Half a cup of apple cider vinegar

– One cup of water

– An empty cup or bottle

  1. Add the ACV to the water and keep it aside in the shower.
  2. Wash your hair as usual.
  3. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair lenghts.
  4. Let it sit for 5 to 6 minutes. By letting it sit for a short time, you allow the ACV to loosen up the minerals.
  5. Rinse with handwarm water.
  6. Rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles.

How to remove calcium build up from your hair with lemon juice?
What do you need? 

– One tablespoon lemon juice

– Three cups of water

  1. Add the lemon juice to the water and keep it aside in the shower.
  2. Wash your hair as usual.
  3. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair lenghts.
  4. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. By letting it sit for a short time, you allow the mixture to loosen up the minerals.
  5. Rinse with handwarm water.
  6. Rinse with cold water to close the hair cuticles.

These aren’t the only options to get the calcium build up out of your hair. I read about using baking soda or club soda. Personally I wouldn’t recommend using baking soda because it really affects your hairs pH and removes all the natural oils from your scalp. I recommend trying out natural products first I read about apple sauce too but I haven’t tried it myself yet.

If you have any questions after reading the article, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or Instagram account.

Love,

Melissa

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