Natural Hair Care Tips

The Effect of the Water

The Water Effect
When you think of getting your hair wet, showering and swimming come to mind. But our hair also absorbs water when we exercise (through sweat), when we visit the sauna, hammam or spa (thanks to the steam) and, of course, when we get caught in a rainstorm and forget our umbrella! So what effect does this have on its wellbeing?

For one thing the hair shaft is permeable, which means it absorbs moisture and when it does it “swells”. In this moisture-laden state, our hair becomes more sensitive.

Add to this the fact that seawater and sweat contain their fair share of salt, which has a tendency to dry out the hair shaft. Chlorine, meanwhile, contains a mixture of chemicals and can be even harsher on your hair, not to mention the changes in color it can provoke on blonde hair. Excessive sweating takes the potential damage one step further, as in the long term it can lead to hair loss, but this is less frequent.

Girl with blonde hair

Girl with blonde hair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the exercise and sauna-addicted there is hope for your hair, just follow these few pointers:

  • Shampoo your hair with a frequent-use product after exercising and/or a spa visit.
  • For pool swimmers, wet your hair with regular, soft water before swimming and apply a moisturizing conditioner after your post-pool shampoo.
  • If you can’t wash your hair after each swimming or exercising session, then be sure to at least rinse it.
  • Apply a hair mask at least twice a week.
  • If you don’t have soft water in your home, think about getting a water softener or purifier. Hard water contains a higher level of minerals, which can cause your hair to be dull and be harder to wash.
  • Rinse your hair with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of white vinegar after your shampoo and conditioner.

 

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