Is Your Shower Ruining Your Hair?

We know that dying our hair frequently, using too-hot styling tools, and being rough on our locks are generally bad for our strands, but what about the culprits we don't know about? Glamour recently shared a major tip about one seemingly harmless element that could be damaging your hair: hard water in the shower.

You'll know you have it if you see chalky white buildup on your shower head or if your dishes come out of the dishwasher looking cloudy. The cause of this is a high concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium that sneak into your water supply from rock. And if it's making your drinking glasses look cloudy, you can only imagine what it's doing to your hair.

According to Joe Cincotta, Ph.D., executive vice president of product development for Color Wow, these minerals stick to the surface of the hair, causing brittleness and discoloration. Yikes! So what do you do about this issue? For starters, invest in a filter for your showerhead (we recommend T3 Source Showerhead Filter, $130). You can also try a chelating shampoo every three washes, like Mizani Phormula-7 Neutralizing & Chelating Shampoo ($18). If you have color-treated hair, try an at-home glaze to bring the color back to life, like Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze ($28).

Another important issue to be aware of is soft water. While this type of water has a low mineral count, it often tastes salty and doesn't thoroughly wash out product buildup from your strands, potentially leaving hair greasy and flat. Oscar Blandi suggests using a shampoo that's sulfate- and paraben-free (try Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo, $24) to avoid excess product.

Have you ever experienced any of these water issues? How did you fix it? Please share below!