Does hard water really cause hair loss?
‘I have a bald patch,’ my friend whispers, lifting up her carefully placed ponytail to reveal a spot on the scalp. ‘I’ve always had such lovely hair, but since moving to Dubai it’s been frizzy, and now I’m losing it! Why?!’ she asks desperately.
I’m sure, she is not alone. In the UAE, hair loss is one of the common problems among men and women experiencing hair thinning, hair loss, or balding, and wondering if the water from your shower head is responsible for continuous hair woes.
There has been much debate on does hard water cause hair loss. Well, there is no strong evidence from medical professionals to find the real cause of hair fall but, some studies reveal that hard water can affect the health of your hair.
The water in Dubai is hard water. Hard water contains lots of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and copper in a high proportion. Though drinking hard water does not have any effect on your body, but unfortunately, it can damage your tresses big-time. It can make your hair frizzy, cause split ends and in the worst scenario change the color of your hair. It can cause hair thinning problems as well.
Presence of calcium and magnesium in hard water can make your hair brittle and frizzy which may trigger eczema. Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) or commonly known as scalp eczema is a type of eczema that causes redness, itching, flaking and the development of oily, scaly patches on the scalp.
Magnesium is responsible for taking away the shine from the hair, making it dry and unmanageable. Your hair loses its natural wavy look. Iron content in hard water damages the hair making it brittle. One can also get split ends, which cannot be repaired. Washing your hair with hard water may lead to discoloration or graying of hair due to copper presence.
The minerals in hard water prevent lathering of shampoo, so you are prompted to use more shampoo which in turn strips natural oils from the scalp. The shampoo residue sticks to the scalp even after rinsing off causing to irritation.
Therefore, we can say that there’s no denying in the fact that hard water is not good for your hair, but yes it is not the only factor contributing to hair fall problem. More often than not, hair loss is because of genetics, lifestyle maladies, serious health disorders, or psychological well-being.
Hence, if you’re suffering from hair loss, I would suggest that you contact a healthcare professional and determine the real cause for your condition. Besides losing hair over hard water, chances are high that you are losing hair due to the change in diet, or a hormonal imbalance, or even a change in relationship or the change of a boss at work.
Therefore, seeking medical help would be a great reaction to your hair’s action of falling from your head.