How does water factor in your hair health?
Of course, everyone knows what water is…it is a necessary part of our life sustenance and maintenance. You can survive without food but you can’t live very long without water. Water hydrates your body inside and outside. I am sure you have heard it said ever so often – drink 8 glasses of water every day!
In my opinion, it is not so much how much you drink as it is in simply drinking enough on a daily basis! But of course, there are opinions out there with their reasons behind their statements.
What is water made of?
According to Wikipedia:
‘Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, that are connected by covalent bonds. Water strictly refers to the liquid state of that substance, that prevails at standard ambient temperature and pressure; but it often refers also to its solid state (ice) or its gaseous state (steam or water vapor). It also occurs in nature as snow, glaciers, ice packs and icebergs, clouds, fog, dew, aquifers, and atmospheric humidity.'
So, in a nutshell, water is basically a molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen molecule. When they come together, a very strong bond is created. Water can be chemically written as H2O.
There are various types of water:
- rain water from the skies
- distilled water
- salt water from the ocean
- hard water and soft water
- good ‘ole tap water
- mineral spring water
Just like your daily intake of water – it is amazing the goodness that water provides for your body through and through!
An important aspect of water is its actual composition in terms of acidity and alkalinity – that happy balance. Of course, this is usually determined by its source – the tap (chemicals added to make it potable); natural springs – hot springs, mineral springs; it decides if the water will feel ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ on your hair once you are finished applying it. It is not uncommon to use a water filter to change the composition of the water state.
Water is equal to hydration!
You need water for so many things in life – the mundane and the big ticket items, i.e LIFE!!
Let’s look into water with regard to hair. One very important thing when it comes to water is the temperature that it is used when taking care of your hair.
If the temperature of the water is:
- too hot, it strips natural hair oils
- too cold, leaves hair in a clammy sort of state
- tepid, just right of course!
What is important is to find that happy medium that feels good and does very little if any damage to your scalp, skin, and the natural body oils.
Recent development in the hair world:
Water only method of washing hair!
It is as it says, you use only water to wash your hair. Over time, your hair will thank you for it, it has been said. I have not personally tried this method but I can’t see any harm being done to your hair unless it would be a question of whether the water is hard and loaded with excess chemical treatment – chlorination, purification processes.
Here are my thoughts on this method of hair washing:
- no chemicals
- non-stripping and allows your natural oils to further moisturize your hair and scalp
- the chemical elements in some water might make your hair feel hard, however, investing in a good water filter can reduce that issue
- you are not able to tell if it is ‘clean’ enough
- does not adequately remove dirt from scalp over time
In whatever you do, just keep in mind that you have to ensure that your hair is hydrated from the inside and from the outside. Have a daily intake of water and every opportunity you get to wet your hair, of course without affecting your hair style, do it for the good of your hair!
All the best on your hair journey and please let me know your feedback as well.