The water used while showering just might be the reason that you’re experiencing thinning hair and loss due to breakage. Soft, healthy hair is just as dependent on the quality of water as it is on the shampoo, oils, and masks that you use. Shower water comprises chemicals, such as chloride, minerals—including calcium, mercury, magnesium, and nickel—as well as sand, and other impurities that are harsh and may irritate your skin and scalp.
When it comes to hair loss, the different minerals deposited onto the scalp are possibly the biggest culprits. These minerals include calcium, iron, nickel magnesium, and silica, and cause drying, itching, and often hair fall due to breakage. In addition, the mineral buildup prevents necessary oil and moisture to penetrate through the scalp, and in turn, leads to dull, dry strands that feel constantly dirty no matter how many times you rinse them.
A hot shower also widens your pores, which increases the absorption of the chlorine and other chemicals via the dermis and scalp, resulting in a harsh and drying effect on hair and skin.
It is common for women to experience hair fall after moving to a country that uses hard, unfiltered water, which not only exacerbates existing hair and skin conditions, but also creates new concerns as well.
To remedy a dry, damaged mane, opt for a shower filter; it works to remove a large percentage of the chlorine, minerals, and other debris found in your shower water. Another bonus? It gives you better hair without having to spend more on different products.
The H20 Pure Blue Shower Purifier (US $81;AED/SAR 299) founded in the UAE was invented with the hair perils of our region’s women in mind and promises to reduce 98% of the chlorine in the water, as well as remove the mercury, magnesium, and other contaminants for softer, healthier strands.
To speed up your mission towards a shinier, bouncy mane, spray the nourishing Kérastase Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil (US $58; AED/SAR 213) on towel-dried hair after the shower. The formula nourishes and protects your strands without weighing them down.
Note: Excessive hair loss can be an indication of an underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing abnormal hair loss, consult a physician or a dermatologist.