Hard water exists in many regions of the world and happens when ground water is filtered through deposits of limestone and chalk, which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium, as well as iron and phosporusu. While at first glance, minerals might seem like a good thing, unfortunately these forms of inorganic minerals are generally not easily absorbed by humans or even plants.
If you have hard water, you probably already know it, as it causes a great many issues for your home, particularly your plumbing, and kitchenware (pots, pans, dishes, glasses), garden (orange or red stains on your home’s foundation?) and of course your Skin and Hair!
Minerals in hard water leave a sticky film over hair, which builds over time, and prevents moisture and nutrients from entering the hair follicle, as the hair’s cuticle layer is clogged and coated with these mineral deposits.
Another side effect of hard water is an increased amount of dandruff, which is both unsightly, embarrassing, and uncomfortable, and leads people to using even more chemicals on their hair in order to ‘cure’ it. However, even using the best hair and skin care is often an exercise in futility, as there is a blockage between use and normal or effective action!Hard water problems in hair care care can be avoided by using strong commercial detergent based shampoos, but unfortunately over time these products are as bad or worse for your hair, causing drying and damage, not to mention a slew of harmful toxic chemicals, the worst of which are:
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (used as a foaming agent in shampoo and is a possible carcinogen)
- DEA/Diethanolamine (an emulsifying agent that can create carginogenic compounds when combined with other chemicals found in personal care products)
- Parabens (used as preservatives to extend shelf life, but many of these chemicals have been linked to breast cancer)
- Fragrance (the word “fragrance” on a label can mean the presence of over 4,000 separate chemical ingredients; Scary!)
A High Quality Natural Shampoo will not contain sulfates (detergents) but will contain natural soaps, which unfortunately when subjected to hard water do not lather as expected, but instead form a nasty, sticky, paste or scum. Good quality CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS can overcome this problem in mild-to-moderate hard water situations, but in severe cases, or when too much buildup has occurred, even they may not work completely, especially at first.
THE GOOD NEWS:
The majority of water filters that you put in your home, ie; you faucet, your shower etc are ineffective against hard water, and are work to filter your water of chlorine added in the water treatment plant to purify city water systems. However, aside from purchasing a (very expensive) water softening system for your home, such a whole home reverse osmosis system, there IS an affordable fix that can be used to fight hard water.
How to Use Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to get rid of Hard Water (or Silicone) Deposits
BAKING SODA: (Bicarbonate of soda, an all natural ingredient) is well known as a great all-around non-toxic cleansing agent. It is a mild alkali with fine, slightly abrasive particles. These two factors work together to break down dirt, grease and other buildup such as mineral and silicone extremely effectively, leaving your hair squeaky clean. However, baking soda can be rather drying, so we recommend you only use this process when you start to notice your normal organic shampoo is not working well (maybe once a week if you have very hard water)
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV): Apple cider vinegar complements baking soda perfectly. As a naturally acidifying product, it balances out the alkalizing effect of the baking soda to restore your hair’s natural pH levels. It also helps kill bacteria (great if you have dandruff issues!) and is a natural humectant, which means that it helps hold in moisture.
Here at Teva Skin Science, We recommend that you combine about 1/4 cup good quality ORGANIC SHAMPOO with a 1/4 c of Apple Cider Vinegar and add 2-3 T baking soda into a empty bottle, shake well to combine. Use half to wash your hair and scalp. Rinse and repeat. Over time you will find what works best for you. You may only need to use one wash 1X per week, it really depends on your water quality and if you use styling products containing silicone on a regular basis.
**Because this treatment can be somewhat drying, we recommend that you don’t overdo it, and make sure that you use a great ORGANIC CONDITIONER for your hair type afterwards. You may also be able to get away with using just one CLARIFYING SHAMPOO treatment per week and use the Baking Soda/ACV combo 1x per month.