December 12, 2015

Hell on Hair - Your Water - it's Affecting Your Hair

What's Hiding In Your Water Is Affecting Your Hair 

and especially Your Hair Color

Most of the people in the United States are using well water or hard water and that is only in your house, can you imagine what the water is like that is used in public places. It gives me the shivers.

All public water locations should have a water treatment service taking care of the water and running pH and other tests to keep the water at the right levels. I am told that blond hair should not even turn green in pools if the levels are correct, if hair is turning green it means the levels of copper in the pool are too high. It may be that the water is too acidic (low pH) and that this is coming from the corroding fittings of the heater, so the solution is simple. Alternatively you may be over-using algaecide's that are copper-based, so never knowing this before, I've always reverted to Malibu 2000 and other tricks. Lets look at our water and what it can cause and create.

Over 85% of the population in the U.S., according to the Water Quality Association, are bathing with hard water. While hard water is fine for drinking, it can cause many problems for your hair, scalp and skin.

These problems include:
  • Hair feels dry
  • Hair is resistant to color
  • Dandruff or eczema of the scalp
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Colors fading too quickly
  • Discoloration or darkening of hair
  • Hair lacks body and shine
The water you use to wash your hair, scalp, and skin comes from one of two sources:
  • Ground Water
  • Surface Water
Ground Water
If your water comes from the ground, it is either from your own well or from the local treatment plant that derives the water from wells pumping water from the ground. The source of ground water is from rain passing through aquifers, which are layers of minerals. The acidity (pH below 7) of the rain increases the dissolving effect of minerals. These dissolved solids are found in the water when pumped above the ground and used to bathe.

Surface Water
If your water comes from the treatment plant which derives the water from a surface source, the water is coming from either a river or a lake. Surface water usually contains less minerals because the water has not filtered down through the mineral layers. However, increasing populations are polluting the water causing additional bacteria growth. As a result, the treatment plants must add more chlorine to kill bacteria and then add lime (a calcium compound) to help control the chlorine levels.
Water hardness is determined by the level of calcium that is in the water either found naturally from the ground or put into the water by the treatment plant.
While calcium is the element that determines hardness of water, there are many other elements in the water that effect the texture, volume, shine, control and health of hair.

What are the minerals that effect hair?
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Silica
  • Lead
What other elements effect hair?
  • Chlorine - a harsh oxidizer added to the water to kill bacteria also adversely effects hair.
How do minerals and chlorine attach to the hair?

Our hair, scalp and skin have an electrical charge and that charge is negative. Minerals and oxidizers are charged positive. When a positively charged mineral comes in contact with our hair, scalp, or skin, it attaches on like a magnet.

How do hard water minerals and chlorine effect hair?

Calcium - If your source for water is a well, then more than likely you have calcium in your water. If your source for water is coming from a treatment plant, calcium may have been added to your water. Calcium is the mineral that determines hardness of water.

How calcium effects hair:
  • Calcium leaves the hair feeling dry and weighted down. It can even cause a perm to appear relaxed.
  • Calcium builds up on the scalp causing flaking of the scalp, giving the appearance of dandruff.
  • Calcium can choke the hair at the mouth of the follicle causing the hair to break off, then coating the scalp, blocking further new hair growth.

Iron - Iron is found in ground water from domestic wells and wells used by treatment plants as the source for local water.

How iron effects hair:
  • Iron leaves the hair feeling dry, brittle and weighted down.
  • Iron can cause dark hair to tint darker and blonde hair to turn orange, sometimes I think this is many readers problem.
  • Iron can color from properly processing.
Copper - Copper originates in water in three ways:
  1. It comes from the ground and is pumped into the water from a well.
  2. Particles of copper can come from copper piping. The corrosion caused by hard water lifts the copper particles off the pipes and deposits them into the water.
  3. Copper sulfates are added to swimming pools to control the growth of algae. Copper is often added to lakes (that are a source of drinking water) in the summer to kill algae.
How copper effects hair:
  • Copper discolors hair causing blonde hair to turn green and dark hair to tint darker - the reason for that Green!
  • Copper can weigh hair down and cause dryness.
  • Copper can inhibit the proper processing of color and relaxers.
Magnesium - Usually found wherever calcium comes naturally from the ground, magnesium is abundant in the soil and is very much a part of the mineral complex associated with hard water.

How magnesium effects hair:
  • Magnesium causes hair to feel dry.
  • Magnesium causes hair to appear weighted down.
  • Magnesium can inhibit the proper processing of color and relaxers.
  • Magnesium causes hair to lack shine.
Silica - Silica is a sand-like substance found in desert or volcanic areas. It is usually bound to calcium or magnesium and forms very hard, virtually insoluble deposits.

How silica effects hair:
Silica causes many of the same effects on the hair as calcium.
  • Silica causes hair to feel dry.
  • Silica weighs hair down.
  • Silica can cause dandruff-like symptoms of flaking.
  • Build up of silica can choke the hair follicle causing hair to fall out.
Lead - Lead acetate is used in certain home remedy gray hair cover-ups - like Grecian Formula or JUST FOR MEN. They used lead to make the color work which screws up your hair for everything else. I believe they got sued and are in the process of changing those boxed kits.
How lead effects hair:
  • Lead can cause the hair to feel dry.
  • Lead can prevent the proper processing of perms, color, and relaxers.
Chlorine - unlike the other elements listed above, chlorine is not a mineral but an oxidizer. Chlorine is put into drinking water and swimming pools to kill bacteria. In addition to the following effects chlorine has on hair, due to it's oxidizing effects, chlorine also oxidizes minerals onto the hair causing worse effects of those minerals.

How chlorine effects hair:
  • Active chlorine in the hair can cause hair to feel gummy when wet,straw-like when dry.
  • Chlorine can damage the cuticle and proteins of the hair.
  • As an oxidizer, chlorine can cause the air and sun to oxidize hair and worsen the conditions listed above.
  • Chlorine can cause hair to feel dry.
  • Chlorine can cause hair to become brittle.
  • Chlorine can cause hair to lack shine.
Chlorine will be on of the highest ingredients in public water as they are trying to prevent bacteria and infection. So getting that off of your hair immediately is very important.

What I had my water polo players do for Hair
<> works at the Gold Medal Level ! :
  • while dry, wet hair with bottled water (or similar-not pool)
  • apply a handful of hair conditioner, INTENSIVE is excellent 
  • apply rubber swim cap - tuck in hair
  • when finished, have large bottle of "SODA WATER" available (carbonated) pour & rinse thru hair - stops chlorine from doing any damage
  • take Shower immediately, shampoo with Malibu 2000 Well Water or Swimmers Shampoo - Sulfate-free all of them
  • Use THRIVEN 1-2 times per week
With this Solution, you will have NO hair damage

I fully realize no one is swimming right now, but what I am trying to show you is a way to care for the crappy water that comes out of your shower.....

People complain all the time about the weird tinge of color they have on their blonde know what that is now right?
All these minerals and chemicals in the water.

If you feel the water in your home has built up on your hair, something we do before coloring Celeb's hair is apply different water treatment packs. Which I am happy to make available to you. The problem with having them done in a Salon for you and me? The cost and the time, it adds at least another hour to your time in the Salon and anywhere from $30 to $80.

Making these available to you at home, I will sell the individual treatments to you. I will list the various treatments and tell you they are super SIMPLE to apply... just time consuming - perfect for at home application. If you are applying your hair color ( which I hope ) apply the treatment the night before, then get up and color your hair > Perfect Plan! Wait till you see how much better your hair color comes out if you pre-treat your hair - its a treat and yes its worth the time and effort. 

Try it once, its a small investment.


What It Is:
A patented, fresh-dried vitamin complex that dissolves into a gel in the palms of the hands forming a rich lathering treatment specifically formulated for hair prior to every color service in the salon, at home or when traveling to assure predictable and successful color results.
What It Does:
  • Prepares hair for superior color
  • Gently yet effectively removes minerals from hair that inhibit proper processing of color
  • Extends life of vibrant color to prevent fading
  • Helps prevent brassiness or discoloration
  • Accelerates processing time of color
  • Protects scalp from itching or burning caused by oxidizing chemicals
Blondes Weekly Brightener - All of our packets come with Plastic Cap

A patented, fresh-dried vitamin complex that dissolves into a gel in the palms of the hands forming a rich lathering treatment specifically formulated for blonde and highlighted hair to be used in the salon, at home or when traveling to brighten and increase shine/ vibrancy while helping to prevent damage from environmental elements in the air and water.
What It Does:
  • Immediately brightens blonde and highlighted hair
  • Removes & prevents hard water mineral build-up that can dull blonde & highlighted hair
  • Immediately restores vibrant color and radiant shine
  • Improves flow and movement of hair
  • Prevents dry-feeling hair

A patented, fresh-dried vitamin complex that dissolves into a gel in the palms of the hand forming a rich lathering treatment specifically formulated for swimmers to be used in the salon, at home or at the pool after swimming to remove and prevent all the elements from pool, spa or ocean water that can otherwise damage and discolor hair.

What It Does:
  • Immediately removes chlorine and mineral build-up from swimmers’ hair to help restore health and wellness to hair and scalp
  • Removes chlorine and bromine that can otherwise oxidize and dry hair
  • Helps prevent brittle, damaged hair
  • Removes copper build-up to lift green discoloration
  • Restores vibrancy to hair color
  • Dramatically improves look and feel of hair
  • Helps reduce itching and scalp irritation

What It Is:
A patented, fresh-dried vitamin complex that dissolves into a gel in the palms of the hands forming a rich lathering treatment specifically formulated for hair shampooed in hard water or exposed to water softeners that use salt and/or phosphates. May be used in the salon, at home or when traveling to lift surface minerals and oxidizers, remove discoloration, brighten and increase shine/vibrancy while helping to prevent damage from environmental elements in the air and water.
What It Does:
  • Removes all hard water minerals that can discolor or damage hair
  • Eliminates brassiness
  • Normalizes hair texture
  • Revitalizes shine and manageability
  • Restores flow and movement of hair
  • Prevents dry-feeling hair
Features & Benefits:
  • Safely restores natural color
  • Makes hair feel lighter after removing hard water minerals
  • Formulated with a patented, nature-identical Vitamin C Complex
  • Food-grade, wellness ingredients

Weekly I will receive at least a dozen emails from people so stumped by the weird color their hair has become and they are almost frantic as to what the cure is. To date when I hear this issue I always start them out with the MALIBU 2000 or now its called Malibu C line of products. This is the very first line of shampoos that went sulfate-free nearly 20 years ago now THAT is brilliant in and of itself. But they went on to develop all sorts of products to help the hair deal with the crappy water we shower in.

If you don't have a shower filter - purchase one SOON!

Most of us are bathing and showering with hard water, its OK for drinking but Hell on Hair

a welcome piece of information in your quest for killer strands

Elements in your environment can have a lousy affect on your hair, scalp and skin. One of the major contributing factors affecting the health of your hair and skin is the water you use to bathe/shower in. Minerals and oxidizers found in your water can cause dryness and damage to your hair and skin as well as make existing conditions -- worse.

Hard waters' collateral damage to your hair
> Hair feels dry
> Hair is resistant to color
> Dandruff or eczema of the scalp - lots of email on this subject !!!
> Dry, flaky skin
>> Thinning hair
> Colors fading too quickly
> Discoloration or darkening of hair
> Hair lacks body and shine

Once you know this you can begin to do what you need to change it.

My water Filter completely changed my water - I've had it for 5 years, it cost $80.
That's not bad, worth every penny.
3 comments on "Hell on Hair - Your Water - it's Affecting Your Hair"
  1. Which shower filters do you recommend? We recently bought a house that has well water and it has been hell on my hair! Also I do ise the Malibu treatments, but is it ok to use my water while doing these? Rinsing thoroughly with bottled water is really a pain. I done feel like I am able to get enough pressure to actually 'rinse' anything out when I do t hia method. Thank you! I have planned on purchasing a shower filter but get overwhelmed trying to find the one I need.

  2. Just purchase the best one you can, I mean I would honestly tell you to spend as much as you can and to be very good about changing the filters. I was just thinking about getting a new one as mine is so old and surely they have improved on the technology by now.

    Just put the filter in a shower that no one else uses if you can as I feel like that water is GOLD and no one else will give a crap! I keep a pitcher in the shower and fill it up with the filtered water and pour the pitcher through my hair at the end. I have long thick hair and it is a bitch to rinse .
    The bummer about shower filters is, u don't seem to be able to get both GOOD water pressure AND good filtering on the same shower head.

    If its not one problem its another. But they are worth their weight in GOLD. I highly recommend them..

    When you use the Malibu Shampoos ( no matter which one) you DO leave the sudzz on the hair while you Shave, soap, etc.... til the very end. It doesn't do its magic without leaving it on the hair for a few minutes minimum.
    Be sure to finish off with INTENSIVE or THRIVEN-light (a huge KILLERSTRANDS SECRET ! ! !)
    GL & Happy New Year! ;)

  3. Thank you for getting back to me! I have had a shower filter along with a killerstrands order including intensive,thriven and about 7 different boost/burst colors on my MUST purchase list for months! With 3 boys, one who I just sent off to college, my money always goes elsewhere and my needs/wants quickly lose priority. Soon!! It's funny you mention putting the filter in a shower no one else uses, I have actually been looking for one I can easily switch out! That's how much I don't want to share lol. Thanks again for the advice!


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