Many people who wear hair systems--especially those with long hair--experience annoying dried out hair in their system at one point or another. There are several factors that lead to dry, crunchy hair like harmful alcohols in hair products, heat styling and blow-drying. But there is one factor that is commonly overlooked--
the quality of your water.
Do you know what's in your water?
As hair wearers, we take special precautions to protect our hair from
swimming pool water because
it is well known that chlorine dries out the hair.
It also causes oxidation that makes the hair lighten
or change colors. Most of us have experienced this
first-hand. But did you know that here in the U.S.
most of the treated water that flows into your
home can contain more chlorine than a
Yep, that means you might as well wear your rubber swim cap in the shower every day.
Conditioning isn't always enough
Chlorine may be great for killing bacteria, but it wreaks havoc on our hair. As you probably know, the hair in hair replacement systems has been
processed several times and is not naturally moisturized by scalp oils, so it's easier for the hair to dry out. Because of this, we make a concerted effort to keep our hair systems conditioned with leave-in and rinse-out conditioners, and hair
serums and oils.
Think about the naturally dehydrating quality of salt. Chlorine acts similarly by sucking all of the moisture out of your hair (and the color along with it), creating tangling, frizzing and breakage. So, even if you're faithfully conditioning your hair and avoiding heat styling and harmful alcohols, the chlorinated water in your home may be undoing all of your hard work.
Filter out the nasties
Knowing the water in your home likely contains a lot of chlorine, it's really important that you take precautions to filter it out before it gets into your hair and scalp.
So, instead of wearing a rubber swim cap in the shower, an easy and inexpensive way to reduce or remove the harsh chlorine in your shower is to purchase a water filter designed specifically for that purpose. For a shower filter that is cost effective, quick and easy to install (no "plumbing" experience required) and gets rid of the nasties, check out the Aquasana brand (full disclosure: Hair Direct does not sell Aquasana products, nor are we an affiliate).
Aquasana's shower filter uses a two-stage filtration system that removes chlorine and synthetic chemicals like pesticides, solvents and medications while helping to balance the pH. You can also get whole-house water filtration systems that will protect your hair if you wash your system in your sink. There are many different brands and options available on the market. Just make sure you get something that filters out chlorine.
Shower filters are a quick, easy and affordable way to help protect your hair replacement system and your scalp at the same time. This could be the missing link that's preventing your hair system from being soft, smooth and manageable.
If you filter your shower water and have noticed a difference in your hair, let us know in the comments below.