According to the Government of Canada, 50 per cent of the municipal water supplies in Canada have hard water levels above 80mg/l. And hard water can wreak havoc on your hair. Build-up of hard water can cause hair to be drier, more brittle, frizzy, and dull. But never fear—there are some great products out there that can help repair the damaging effects of hard water. If you have hard water in your home, consider adding one of these to your haircare regime. —Jennifer Cox
Here’s a duo you can rely on: L’Oréal Paris’ EverPure Restore Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($8/each). It is formulated with non-stripping, dual-action technology, along with antioxidants, vitamin C, and glycine, which removes unwanted hair residue and styling build-up while delivering two times the moisture. These power-packed ingredients join forces to kick out the unwanted guests in your hair while throwing a moisture party that your locks will rave about.
Another practical pair to combat hard water is Hello Klean’s Hard Water Shampoo and Conditions ($58). It fights against hair breakage and gently lifts unwanted minerals hidden in the hair shaft while supporting soft, weightless strands from root to tip. The conditioner also repairs hair’s elasticity that may be roughened by hard water, and it seals in moisture without any heavy feeling.
Living Proof’s Clarifying Detox Shampoo ($49, available at Sephora Canada) is a gentle clarifying shampoo that deeply cleanses hair. It removes product and pollution buildup, excess oil, and heavy metals deposited from hard water. It can be used on any type of hair, whether it’s straight or curly. It leaves behind hair that is revitalized, shiny, and more manageable.
Another great shampoo for hard water-damaged hair is Prose’s Custom Shampoo ($40). It can do it all, from rebalancing roots to gently hydrating locks. Its personalized formula is uniquely designed for all hair types to cleanse your scalp as well as nourish your hair with every wash. It contains several effective natural ingredients, including shikakai extract, green tea water, peppermint extract, and biotin, to name just a few.
Give your hair a healthy dose of hydration with Ion’s Moisture Conditioner ($11-18, available at Sally Beauty). Use it daily to strengthen and condition dry, damaged, or chemically-treated hair. It also increases softness and shine, reduces breakage, and gives hair an overall healthier appearance. You’ll notice a difference in just on use.