Why Does My Hair Feel Brittle After I Shower?

Woman running her fingers through hair that feels brittle

Nothing rejuvenates the body and spirit quite like a relaxing shower. But it’s hard to enjoy showering when your hair feels brittle and dry afterward! We can help you with that! Read on to learn:

  • Common dry, brittle hair causes
  • The potential health risks if your water is making your hair brittle
  • And how to fix your dry, brittle hair

Common Dry Brittle Hair Causes

There are two types of potential causes for dry, brittle hair. On the one hand, the problem could have to do with how you wash and care for your hair. But the other more likely cause has to do with the content of your water. We will look at each of these types of causes below.

Causes Related to Hair Care

It could be that part of your hair care routine is depriving your hair of the moisture it needs to be silky and smooth. Some potentially damaging practices to avoid include:

  • Washing or blow-drying your hair too frequently
  • Using shampoos or conditioners with abrasive ingredients like sulfates or alcohol
  • Eating a diet that doesn’t include enough proteins and vitamins for healthy hair
  • Exposing your hair to too much sun, heat or dry air
  • Spending too much time in chlorine-rich pool water

Causes Related to Your Water

Of course, you may not be doing any of those things listed above and still have dry, brittle hair. In that case, your water is probably the problemspecifically its mineral count. Many residents in Northern Illinois and throughout the country bathe in water that contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, also known as hard water. This type of water is notorious for making hair feel brittle and dry. The reason for this has to do with the design of your hair. Each strand of hair is covered in scales. When those scales lay flat, hair feels smooth and easy to handle. But when hard water interacts with hair, the high mineral content attracts those scales and causes them to stand on end. The hair tends to feel brittle and tangle or break easier as a result.

A diagram illustrating the difference between a strand of hair with hard water and a strand with soft water

The Potential Health Risks

If hard water is what’s wreaking havoc on your hair, then you should be aware that it can cause other problems as well. While it doesn’t pose any serious health risks, it can dry out your skin and exacerbate conditions like eczema. Hard water can also be a headache when it comes to issues it can create in your home. Some of the common problems include:

  • Scale buildup in plumbing pipes
  • Foggy dishware
  • Faded clothing
  • Wear and tear on appliances, such as dishwashers and water heaters
  • And more!

How to Fix Your Dry Brittle Hair

If you try to change your hair care routine, but your hair feels brittle nonetheless, it’s time to address that hard water problem. The best way to do this is by investing in a water softener. Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium ions to eliminate hard water effects, including brittle hair. So, no longer will those minerals make the scales on your hair stand up, leading to dry, brittle misery!

Need More Assistance?

The right water softener can protect you from dry, brittle hair for a long time. Of course, not all softeners are created equal. If you need help finding the right softener for your home, our licensed experts would be happy to help! Please give us a call at 847-382-7800 or fill out the form below for help finding your ideal water softener. We serve the greater Chicagoland region and Southeast Florida.

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