Ever wonder what the first ingredient in most hair products is? Don’t worry, we got you. It’s water. Water is the main ingredient in most of the hair products we all use daily. It’s sometimes listed as purified water, while other times it shows up as distilled water. Beyond being the staple in many of our favorites, water alone can either help or harm our hair.
Have you ever wondered why the texture of your hair may change instantly after a wash? Your hair may have experienced a bit of trauma being exposed and manipulated under hard water. Much of the water we bathe ourselves in isn’t always the best for our crowns. Through the process of evaporation and condensation, distilled water is an alternative to harsh waters. The technique helps to remove impurities and leaves the water with only oxygen and hydrogen molecules. With a pH level of 7, distilled water contains no other minerals, contaminants or gases. Believe it or not, distilled water is considered to be purer than deionized water.
I’m still not convinced?
Hard water, also known as “well water,” is made up of high mineral content. This mineral content is usually calcium and magnesium but can also include bicarbonates and sulfates. The degree of harshness becomes a bit greater as the mineral content increases. To sum it all up, hard water was given its name because it ultimately became known as being “hard to deal with.” The calcium and magnesium in hard water can cause your hair and skin to become drier and can even cause irritation.
But what does this have to do with my hair?
Hard water contains so many minerals that when in close contact with your shampoo can cause unnecessary build-up. This type of water fights against the clearing properties of your shampoo, preventing it from getting a good lather and ultimately blocks its cleaning agents. When used to rinse the product away, this hard water can leave your hair feeling rough.
If I switch to distilled water, what are the benefits?
See now we’re talking! Simply adding distilled water to your wash routine is a benefit within itself. Distilled water won’t leave your scalp or skin dry and won’t leave your hair feeling stripped of its natural oils. You’ll see the bounce and shine in your hair instantly. Your hair will be free of product build-up and ready for the week’s new do. You don’t have to feel obligated to wash your hair with distilled water from start to finish. You can use it as a final rinse after you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair. This type of water can be purchased at your local grocery store and other retailers such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon.