Feathers Logo - Dedicated to hair 2017 (White) copy
Feathers Logo - Dedicated to hair 2017 (White) copy


How is hard water causing damage?


What is hard water?

If you’re a frequent follower of #Salonlove you have heard us talk of hard water before. The scale of hard or soft water refers to the mineral count present in the water. The more calcium, magnesium, copper and iron in the water, the “harder” it is. Generally, you can determine how hard or soft water is based on your geographical location. However, this isn’t usually something individuals are looking into. That is concerning when you consider how hard water damages the hair.

How do I know if I have hard water build up?

Have you ever washed your hair and it still feels dry and crunchy after? That’s probably because of the mineral build up left behind after not cleansing away the minerals. Similarly, like spending the day in the ocean. The crunchy state your hair is left in when it dries, is sodium minerals left behind on the hair shaft. 

Still not sure? Well, consider looking at your kettle. Do you ever notice that if you don’t clean often, you start to see a white film form over the inside of the kettle? Even scrubbing doesn’t clear it away? This is hard water build up and the same is happening in your hair!

What problems are caused by mineral build up?

Minerals build up over time and can cause different problems with your hair. If you have coloured hair, you may be prone to fade, or discolouration sooner than you would like. You may also experience a dry or flaky scalp, weighing down your hair and making it look flat when dry. On the other side of the spectrum, hard water build up can have, for example, creating a film layer over the shaft which stops products from being worked in properly. Not being able to work in the products you pick for your hair care needs can lead to damage and breakage. An extreme example, maybe, but it is important to note. Colour treated hair should receive more nourishment to prevent bleach damage. Product not being able to penetrate the hair shaft to provide moisture will eventually lead to breakage.

What can I do?

So you have hard water? Well, you can’t move to avoid it, so what else can you do to protect your hair? We recommend using a chelating or clarifying shampoo to start, like Malibu C Un-Do-Goo. Different to regular shampoo that provides cleanse only, a clarifying shampoo contains a chelating agent that binds itself to the minerals and rinses them away. A regular shampoo will only cleanse away surface dirt and residue. It is important to note that a chelating or clarifying shampoo shouldn’t be used as a daily shampoo, as this can cause irritation. We recommend using once a week, in replacement of your regular shampoo.

The Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Remedy is your secret weapon in the battle against hard water! When your hair truly has a tough time, give strands the boost they need to remove build up to reveal healthier, shinier, and more vibrant hair. This wellness remedy naturally removes deposits and impurities while deeply penetrating for superior moisture retention.

Follow up after clarifying with the Malibu C Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner which protects against hard water damage by preserving the health and vibrancy of hair exposed to hard water, without further damaging. The hydrating formula infuses moisture for additional benefits. 

You can shop all hard water weapons with Malibu C – the brand at the forefront of the battle for healthier, stronger, and more vibrant hair for everyone. 

Un – Do – Goo Shampoo (9oz)

Superior to clarifying shampoos for the removal of styling product resins from the hair, this uniquely gentle, 100% vegan wellness shampoo blends an exclusive sulfate-free cleansing system with soothing botanicals plus moisture-boosting vitamins to immediately remove product buildup and instantly restore maximum manageability. Experience the savory scent of orange zest and vanilla bean for a sublimely sweet experience.

Hard Water Wellness Kit

The number one defence system against malicious minerals and other elements hiding in your hard and well water, this 100% vegan total wellness kit is predictably popular as it instantly removes and prevents discolouration, dryness, damage and dullness to unleash perfectly purified, weightless tresses and reveal unmatched body and shine.

Mini Malibu Rehab Hard Water Wellness

Instantly boost your hair’s manageability and shine by removing discolouration, dryness and dullness from hard water minerals while reintroducing vital protein with our 100% vegan, ultra-hydrating formula.

#Salonlove makes shopping for personalised haircare easier with the option of ‘Shop By Hair Type’. This allows you to see the products already matched best to your hair type. 

Shop By Hair Type Here:


Related Post's

All About Porosity

All About Porosity

Porosity is the measurement of the hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture, with unbalanced porosity, hair products are defenceless and will not perform the way you hope. There are

Read More »

Surviving Summer

As the summer heat hits, we begin to wonder whether our hair product line up is really doing everything it should be for our hair to thrive in the season.

Read More »
Scalp Cre

Scalp Care is the New Skin Care

Its finally time! Scalp care has been receiving the attention it deserves as the public flock to popular platforms (Pinterest, Tik Tok, Vogue and Glamour UK) and notice the benefits

Read More »

6 Tips for Better Beach Waves

Be it perfectly sculpted Hollywood waves or ‘effortless’ beachy curls, there’s nothing worse than walking out of the bathroom to start your best hair day EVER only to catch a

Read More »