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Tackle your Hard Water Hair

Updated on March 15, 2013

Hard water and You

Dealing with hard water is a day to day problem encountered in several households. Hard water is essentially water that has a high mineral content as opposed to 'soft water'. Hardness of water is caused by the presence of bivalent ions like Ca2+ and Mg2+.

This hardness is classified into temporary hardness and permanent hardness.The former can be removed by boiling while the latter cannot.
The most common problem one encounters with hard water is inadequate lather formation (soap). It diminishes the effects of cleaning agents like soap and detergent. This leaves clothes dry giving them a rough feel.

The biggest impact of hard water is on our hair and skin. Due to the deposition of residues on hair, hard water causes dryness, lifelessness and difficulty to manage. Control of the hardness is utmost necessary in such a case. In most areas where hard water is the only option available, domestic level water softeners can be used. These come at affordable prices and are low maintenance.On a smaller scale, water filters can be installed at shower heads, pipes etc. For non potable water outlets, chemical softeners like washing soda , borax are easily available.

However hard water is not a health hazard. In fact, it contributes at a small level in the calcium intake. It's benefits are very limited and usage of hard water must be controlled. Water softeners are the answer in most cases.

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