While there are many effects of soft water on hair, two of the most noticeable pertain to cleanliness and overall texture and feel. “Soft” water is water that is generally low in calcium, and this characteristic often leads to increased lather and better bubbles from shampoo and other cleansing products. Hair often gets a lot cleaner as a result, since the shampoo is able to more deeply penetrate each strand. Deep cleaning can strip some of the hair’s essential oils away, though, which can lead to locks that look listless, flat, or dull. Many people also find that their hair lacks body or volume under these circumstances. Styling products and tools can often overcome these effects, but getting the right coif often takes a bit of time and experimentation.
How Does Your Water Affect Your Hair?
We use an inexpensive meter that measures "TDS" (total dissolved solids) to determine if our water softening system is working properly. TDS meters are really just conductivity meters. They have two little prongs or electrodes, one is positively charged and the other negatively charged. The dissolved elements that make water hard exist as ions, meaning they are negatively or positively charged. Positively charged ions like sodium (Na+), calcium (Ca++ ) magnesium (Mg++) and hydrogen ( H+) will move toward the negatively charged electrode, and negatively charged ions like chloride (Cl-), sulfate (SO4--) and bicarbonate (HCO3-) will move toward the positively charged electrode. The measurements are given in ppm (parts per million). Parts per million (ppm) measures the unit(s) of a substance for every one million units of water.
Disinfectants, in general, are used to break down and remove dirt, oil, and bacteria. Our scalps naturally produce oil to protect hair from damage and daily wear. Stripping the oil from your hair in a pool on a regular basis can cause over drying, increased porosity, and in some cases pretty significant damage if you don't take steps to prevent and treat your hair for chlorine exposure.