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Impact of Hard and Soft Water on Hair

hard water soft waterYou may notice that depending on where you spend time, your hair becomes more or less manageable and may change in texture. This is often down to the kind of water that you’re washing your hair in. This is based on the fact that soft water penetrates the hair shaft more effectively and causes it to remold itself, whilst hard water does not penetrate the hair shaft as well.

So, which water type do you have? Hard water tends to dry out your hair and skin and leave it with a rough texture, and also causes shower drains to develop calcium build up on account of the water containing large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Hard water can cause hair to look dull, lifeless and heavy; you may also find that hair dye fades faster, your scalp may be flaky and hairs can break more easily.

Spot The Difference

On the other hand, soft water has low levels of these two minerals, and whilst it is softer on your skin, it may leave you feeling like you still have a layer of soap on your body. Because of this residue feeling, hair washed with soft water may not feel entirely clean and lacking volume. You may find that you need more styling products to add volume to hair in this instance, especially if you’re already dealing with thinning hair.

Remedying hard and soft water can be tricky: you can treat hard water with a water softener, or add chemical supplements to soft water to obtain a balance. Alternatively, you can use shampoos designed for your specific hair type, such as shampoos and conditioners designed for oily scalps or dry hair.

Sure It’s The Water?

If you’re noticing that your hair is becoming thin atop the scalp, it’s more likely that you’re experiencing the onset of pattern hair loss. This genetic condition occurs when the androgen DHT attacks hair follicles atop the scalp in those with a predisposition to DHT sensitivity. The result is thinner, weaker hair, and unless this is treated, it will only get worse.

A clinically proven hair loss treatment programme can both halt the rate of thinning and regrow hair once again. The first step is to block DHT, which can be achieved via the men only medication finasteride 1mg which goes by a number of brand names including Aindeem and Propecia. There is also a second medication that has, like Propecia, been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA: minoxidil.

Minoxidil is suitable for treating both men’s and hair loss in women, and comes in the form of a topical high strength minoxidil. A hair loss specialist can recommend the ideal daily dosage after a consultation, and there are also certain added ingredients that appear to block DHT when applied locally, which offers a finasteride alternative to women and men who cannot take that medication.

In order to establish the cause of your hair loss, a visit to the Belgravia Centre for a free initial appointment will give you a diagnosis and a proposed treatment plan. Combining the above medications with a range of treatment boosters that include the FDA cleared LaserComb and nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, a Belgravia plan ensures that not only are you given the best possible chance of regrowing thinning hair, this hair will be kept in the best condition possible.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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