Chemicals in Water Affect Hair Growth
Water Purifiers & How Harmful They Are for Hair Growth
Have you observed all hair growth strategies but still your hair keeps falling off or thinning? This is strange, very strange indeed. The fact that you are still suffering from hair loss only means that there is a cause that you haven’t addressed. Let’s talk about water for example. Clean water is often supplied by the municipal corporations in charge. These corporations are tasked with a duty to ensure that everyone within their jurisdiction receives clean, fresh water that is free from pollutants. To achieve this, they go an extra mile to use certain chemicals that are known to kill germs, bacteria and other polluting agents. Some water may undergo various recycling processes for it to become consumable by humans while some water comes directly from water bodies. This water may be fresh however it still needs to be purified for human use and consumption. An effective way of keeping your hair healthy and away from the possible burden of water damaging your hair is by keeping your hair DRY and this is why even after a shower the most important part of washing your hair is to dry it very well by massaging your scalp with a towel.
How do municipal corporations purify water?
One popular way of purifying water is the use of chlorine. Chlorine in chemical definitions is a halogen whose chemical reactions are quite mild to the environment but strong enough to kill small disease causing bacteria and germs. When reacted with metals, halogens produce salts. Other halogens are fluorine, iodine, astatine and bromine. In swimming pools, chlorine is the common halogen used to treat the water and keep it free of any pollutants and also protect the people swimming in it from contracting or spreading diseases to one another. It’s never advisable to swim in a swimming pool without a swimming cap due to its high amounts of chlorine which does the hair great harm. The same can be said if chlorine is the chemical used by your municipal water corporations to treat water. You may never notice it since it is only applied in little amounts however, once you start washing your hair with this chlorine treated water it leads to dryness eventually making your hair fall off. To avoid chlorinated water from destroying your hair, there are some measures of prevention and protection that you can apply before using this water. Let’s look at the 5 common measures:
Before exposing your hair to chlorinated water apply these five preventive and protective measures
5) Oil your hair regularly and if you are getting into a pool for a swim, apply more of it: Oils provide insulation that helps lock in the hair and scalp moisture. It will also create a protective cover against the chlorine ensuring that very little comes into contact with these areas.
4) Use mild shampoos and conditioners to wash your hair: just imagine how damaging it is if you are using chlorinated water to cleanse your hair and on top of it, the shampoo and conditioner also contains harsh chemicals. There isn’t much you can do to stop the municipality from using chlorine to treat the water however you can prevent this water from damaging your hair and scalp. After using oil as a protective insulator, use a mild shampoo and conditioner to wash and rinse out the dirt.
3) Do not comb your hair immediately after washing it: wet hair is weak and it becomes even weaker if it got into contact with chemical agents such as chlorine. Using the right technique, towel dry your hair and apply some oil onto the scalp. Oils will replenish any lost moisture, let this oil soak in and soothe your scalp for some few minutes.
2) After soaking the oil into your scalp, do apply some SPF leave- in conditioner on your hair: most leave-in conditioners are fortified with natural ingredients and essential oils needed for repairing damaged hair. The hair may not be damaged yet but we are using preventive measures to counter any damaging effects that the chlorinated water may leave behind. SPF or sun protection is also an element that will help protect your now vulnerable hair from any sun damaging rays. Chlorine exposed hair tends to turn from its original color into a lighter shade, perhaps yellow once it is exposed to too much sunlight. The color change only goes to show that chlorine is damaging the protein layer responsible for giving your hair its natural color.
1) Drink plenty of water: as you moisturize on the outside, ensure that the inside, that is your body remains replenished with clean fresh water. Drinking lots of water is one way of ensuring that your skin and scalp remain hydrated, this is one way of counter acting the drying effects of chlorinated water. Water also softens and makes your scalp and hair flexible to any styling procedures that you may choose.
On a light note
Hair and scalp that is affected by chlorine is weak and very vulnerable to hair loss. Ensure that you use less chemical treatments and heat styling procedures as they will only add in to the destructive effects of chlorine.