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Fixing Hard Water Effects on Locs – What You Need to Know

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You may have heard about hard water impacting your fixtures in your bathroom, but what about your locs? Hard water affects your locs in many ways you might not have thought of before. Read below to find out about hard water affects your locs and how to fix it. Plus there are some bonus tips included on how improve the quality of your water and your locs.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that contains salts of calcium and magnesium principally as bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates per britannica. The calcium and magnesium are the primary elements that combine with water to create mineral deposits that result in soap scum. These same deposits can harden and can contribute to buildup in your locs.

How Hard Water Affects Your Locs & Benefits of Soft Water

As noted, when hard water evaporates in your locs and scalp it can cause buildup. That same buildup can contribute to scalp itchiness. When you attempt to wash your locs, that same water will make it more difficult for your shampoo to clean your hair. Hard water can also cause brittle hair and split ends. That’s not the end of it though! Have you ever noticed that your hair dye fades quickly? Hard water makes it more difficult for the dye to take and can cause your hair dye to fade faster. 

While hard water affects your locs negatively, soft water has the potential to revitalize your locs. Soft water has none or much less of the mineral content that hard water does. Thus, calcium and magnesium buildup will not occur in your locs. In fact, your shampoo will work better at removing all types of buildup in your locs.

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How to Check Whether You Have Hard or Soft Water?

So, how do you know if you have hard water? Typical signs of hard water include soap scum in your bathtub and bathroom fixtures. If you have that, that is a sure sign of hard water. Moreover, if you live in the USA, you are more likely to live in a city with hard water. Looking at the map below, you can get an idea of how hard your water is if you live in the US. Lastly, there are a good amount of hard water test kits that you can use to test for hard water.

hard water map in the usa. most of midwest and southern california to texas has hard water while eastern coast and northern CA has softer water
Source: USGS

Water Softeners vs Water Filters

So now that you know the benefits of soft water and figured out you have hard water – what is next? What you need is a water softener to truly transform hard water to soft water. Water softeners are often large and tend to be placed by the water heater. However, there are some smaller ones that can fit in your bathroom or shower

When you look up water softener on Amaon, many of the cheaper results you’ll get will actually be for water filters! Water filters have their uses, but they will not soften your water. What water filters often do is remove chlorine from your water source. This is still beneficial for your locs, so you can use it alone or alongside a water softener.

So there you have it – all you need to know about how hard water affects your locs. Water softeners will be your only option for softening water, but water fillers still have their uses. Have any of you tried a water filter or water softener? If so, did it change your locs for the better?

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