Can Water Quality Cause Hair Loss?

The health of your hair is dependent on many factors, both internal and external. However, one of the most misunderstood causes of hair loss is the quality of water that you use for washing your hair.

Types of Water

Even the kind of water that you occasionally expose your hair to may cause hair loss.

Chlorine water

Chlorine is the chemical used to clean swimming pools and Jacuzzis to ensure that they are free of bacteria. Municipal governments and corporations also add chlorine to tap water to cleanse it of pollutants. However, chlorine has hazardous effects on both hair and the human body.


You may enjoy spending time at the beach, but the high salt content found in salt water can lead to dry and brittle hair. Far too often, people aren’t aware that it’s just as important to take care of your hair as it is your skin when you’re out at sea. Each time you expose your hair to salt water, make sure that you give it an added layer of protection through deep conditioning.

Hard water

At home, the most common kind of water that causes hair loss is called hard water. More common in cities, hard water contains high levels of silica, calcium, and magnesium. When you
wash your hair with hard water, this leads to dryness, breakage, thinning, and eventually, hair loss. Hard water is also associated with damaged follicles and dandruff.

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How Do You Know If You Are Using Hard Water?

If you aren’t sure if you are using hard water at home or not, you can ask your local city council. Another way to find out is by checking the mineral content of your water, or asking your water supplier what classification the water is.

If they don’t know the answers, there is the option of having the water tested by using a test kit that can be purchased online or having the water tested at a laboratory.

How To Prevent Hair Loss Caused By Hard Water

If your home uses hard water, don’t worry; it’s still possible to salvage your hair from hair breakage and loss.

1. Healthy hair care regimen: One of the most effective ways to prevent hair loss caused by hard water is through your very own hair care routine. Use natural shampoos and conditioners that have been specially formulated to fight hair loss. Taking hair growth support vitamins adds another layer of protection from hair loss.

2. Water softener: Although pricey, a water softener is often used as a solution to treat hard water. Water softeners work by removing the calcium and magnesium, as well as other metal contents in hard water in order to make it soft.

3. Shower filter: A shower filter is a more affordable alternative to using a water softener. Shower filters treat hard water by eliminating or filtering many chemicals and minerals in hard water. There are many different kinds of water filters available in the market to suit your needs and budget.


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