NC: Is Water Damaging My Hair?

11:14 AM

I found this interesting article on NaturallyCurly.Com breaking down the effects of having hard water.  It's a great read and would be worth your time to read...Enjoy!

Curl Chemist, Tonya McKay Beckeer writes

One reader was curious about whether or not showering and swimming were damaging her hair. Specifically, she wanted to know if the water itself was making her hair more brittle and prone to breakage. There seemed to be some confusion about this, so I thought it would be a great topic for discussion, especially in view of the fact that many of us will be wetting our hair more frequently than usual as we swim and sweat our way through the summer months.

The truth is that while we need moisture in our hair in order for it to be healthy, water can also be very damaging to your hair. In fact, the more damaged your hair is, the more damaging water is to it. That may seem a little counter intuitive, so let’s examine the reasons behind that statement.

Normal, healthy hair has been found to absorb up to about 31% of its weight in water when it is immersed.  Damaged and very porous hair can absorb in excess of 50% of its weight in water!  This water absorption causes hair strands to elongate under the weight of the water and lose some of its tensile strength.  Very curly hair has been found to lose almost 50% of its tensile strength when wet, which is really a quite significant reduction.

Due to the loss of tensile strength when wet, hair that is combed or brushed while saturated with water has a much higher risk of breakage. Wet hair is also more prone to tangling due to the slightly raised cuticle surface that is typical for wet hair. For these reasons, it is extremely critical to use plenty of conditioner that has excellent slip properties in order to detangle your hair when it is wet. One good thing that occurs when hair is soaking wet is that it becomes a lot more elastic and stretchy. Combing through your tresses very slowly will enable you to derive the full benefit of the stretchiness of wet hair fibers, which will make the detangling process a bit easier.

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Have any of you experienced hard water in your homes?  If so how did you correct this issue?

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