This Shower Hack Will Save Your Hair
Let’s get back to the basics, shall we? Water is an essential element that brings life to everything on earth – including our hair. Most of us do not think twice about where our water comes from, but it can have a major effect on the health of our hair and skin, as well our respiratory systems. The foundation of it all truly starts in the shower. Depending on where you live, you have access to different types of water. (And as a side note, living in the US we are incredibly privileged to have access to clean water). Almost all municipal water sources undergo a disinfection process using chemicals such as chlorine or chloramine (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) to kill bacteria and parasites. Although the EPA regulates 91 water contaminants, there are many that still find their way into the tap water we use everyday. With all of this in consideration, people still choose to filter their drinking water. That’s why it’s no a surprise that many people take it a step further and filter their shower water as well. So, why is it important to clean up our act?
We have all heard of hard water, but what does it really mean? In the most fundamental term, hard water is used to refer to water that is full of minerals. This might not seem like a huge deal, but these minerals can collect on your hair and skin. Calcium, chlorine, limestone, chalk, magnesium, copper, iron, and others can build up in your hair and ultimately cause damage. The minerals harden within your hair, causing it to change color, feel brittle, dry, and completely lifeless. Our hair and scalp are porous and can absorb the minerals quite visibly. This takes a toll on our tresses, so even the most renowned hair care products will not be able to do their job effectively. The water we use can literally make it or break it.
How can you tell if you have hard water? You may notice a change in the texture or tone of your hair. It falls flat and can be easily tangled. There is a rough texture to your hair, tangles very easy and almost feels like there is a film-like layer on your hair and skin. With prolonged exposure, the scalp gets dry and flaky. In addition, your soap and shampoo is lacking that luscious lather. (We will be discussing shampoo and the different lathers soon-stay tuned). Hard water can have many negative effects, the specific levels ultimately depend on where you live. (Check your local county Water Department for water contamination levels near you, for Angelenos, check your water source here). However, before you pack your things and move out of the neighborhood, I have an easy shower hack that will change your life forever: UPGRADE YOUR SHOWER HEAD.
Let me clarify, even if your home has a water softener or filtration system, by the time it reaches the shower, the water may be contaminated from pipes within the home. Our hair and skin are sponges and water is the first element it is exposed to. Hair and scalp cells absorb the h2O and all its minerals contained in it the most. Shower head filters are the most important product for healthy hair and skin. I travel with mine- installation is a snap and it fits conveniently in my luggage. This little contraption can make a world of difference by enhancing the PH balance removing more than 90% of the chlorine in your shower water and simply providing you with cleaner water. I recommend purchasing the Aquasana Premium Shower Filter. I’ve had my shower head filter system for 5 years and simply change the filter once a year. It is an affordable and effective way to protect your hair, skin and bank account by enhancing the efficacy of your hair products. In addition to doing all of the necessary filtering of minerals and balancing your water, it also reduces synthetic chemicals that can evaporate out of your shower water and contaminate the air you breathe, giving you better air quality. Since chlorine can strip your skin and hair of their natural protective oils, showering in filtered water helps your body restore them for noticeably healthier hair and skin.
Here are some features of the Aquasana Premium Shower Filter:
- Dual-stage up-flow filter design provides superb shower filtration
- Removes over 90% of chlorine for softer skin and shinier, healthier hair
- Reduces synthetic chemicals for improved air quality
- Enhances pH balance for overall shower purity
- First stage collects zinc and copper media, filters chlorine and enhances pH
- In the second stage, coconut shell carbon filters synthetic chemicals
Let’s break your dry spell. Get in the shower and get turned on, this shower filter is the perfect solution for softer skin, shinier hair and cleaner air. So why not give your hair and scalp the treatment it deserves?