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Author: Leila Tan|2024-3-12

The link between hair loss and hard water is not easy to explain. Calcium and magnesium, two minerals found in hard water, can bind to the proteins in your hair and make it weak and easy to break. However, should a Singaporean be worried about this? Does water in Singapore fall into the category of hard water? Keep reading to learn about the link between hard water and hair loss, as well as other interesting facts that may be causing your hair loss.


What Exactly is Hard Water?

Hard water contains a high concentration of mineral ions. The metal cations calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) are the most prevalent ions found in hard water, while iron, aluminium, and manganese may also be present in some regions. These metals are water soluble, which means they dissolve in water. These ions' relatively large concentrations can saturate the solution, causing the equilibrium of these solutes to move to the left, towards reactants. In other words, the ions have the ability to precipitate out of the solution.

This displacement of minerals from the solution is responsible for the calcination, or precipitation of calcium or magnesium carbonate, that is commonly seen on water faucets. In addition, hard water can react with other substances in the solution, such as soap, to generate a precipitate known as "scum." There are two sorts of hard water: temporary and permanent, which are discussed more below.

The main thing that determines how hard water is would be how much calcium and magnesium it has. Water is hard when it has a lot of these and other minerals in it. The way water softening systems work is by removing minerals from the water. Instead of having more calcium and magnesium, soft water usually has more sodium, also known as salt.


How does hard water affect hair and scalp?

Hard water has a lot of calcium and magnesium in it, so the salts in your hair care products won't work well with it. Because of the salt buildup, your scalp can't absorb the moisturising effects of the conditioner. Because of this, when your hair gets dry, tangled, and matted, it gets brittle. If hair breakage is not fixed, it will eventually lead to hair loss.

Hard water contains dangerous minerals that can damage and weaken even the healthiest hair strands. Your mind has probably wondered about ads for bottled water that say adding minerals to plain water will "improve the taste." Experts say that it might be good to drink water with certain minerals, but drinking too much of these minerals can cause ill effects to your hair and skin, eventually causing hair loss if the problem is not being taken care of.

Think about the following situation: You go to the beach for a vacation, but the water in the shower at your hotel makes your hair feel dry. This happens because of the chloride in the water near the coast. Mineral deposits from hard water can stop hair follicles from taking in water and nutrients they need. This will make your hair look lifeless and unhealthy. When the hair shaft and follicles get hard, it can cause damage and breakage.

Follicle blocks throw off the normal cycle of hair growth, which can be bad for the health of the follicle and the growth of new hair. Minerals like calcium and magnesium have the same effect as calcium and magnesium in that they stick to the shaft and make it heavier, which makes it hard to style hair the way you want.

Because salt and chloride dry out the hair shafts, they make hair more brittle and more likely to break. Although they are not harmful chemicals, if this isn't taken care of quickly, it can lead to frizz, split ends, discoloration, dandruff, and a slow loss of hair.


Should I Need To Worry About This Issue in Singapore?

The key thing that influences how hard water is is how much calcium and magnesium it possesses. Water is hard when it contains a lot of these and other minerals in it.

Thankfully, Singapore water is moderately soft, with the help of using water softening systems function by filtering out the minerals that give the water their hardness. Hard water typically contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium, while soft water typically has higher levels of sodium.

So, you can safely drink the water straight from the tap in Singapore instead of drinking bottled water, and it exceeds World Health Organization guidelines. PUB keeps a tight eye on the water purification and delivery infrastructure. There is no need for additional processing at home (such boiling or filtering).


Post-Debunk of Hard Water Hair Loss: What are the Main Reasons That Cause Hair Loss?

Since most Singaporeans don't have to worry about losing their hair because of hard water, what's really causing your hair loss? Here are two common reasons you might relate:

Although we use soft water, I still heard my friends have hair fall.

Telogen effluvium is the most common type of hair loss. It is a disorder of the scalp that causes a lot of hair to fall out. Our head hairs go through a normal cycle of growing, resting, and falling out. When someone has a short-term or long-term illness, this cycle is thrown off, and more hairs move into the shedding phase. This causes more hair to fall off.

Under pressure, a person experiences the same thing. In addition to these medical conditions, telogen effluvium can be brought on by certain drugs, major surgery, starvation, delivery, and issues with key organs like the kidneys or liver. Complete baldness is rare, however bald spots can appear anywhere on the scalp. When the body is fighting off an infection or under extreme stress, the immune system can mistakenly attack and damage hair, resulting in the hair loss condition known as alopecia areata Inflammation of the hair follicles results from a misguided immune system attack. Although the exact trigger for the immune system's assault on hair follicles is unknown, scientists suspect a combination of hereditary and non-genetic (external) elements.

Cigna has also released a survey showing that 94% of Singaporean hybrid employees are stressed, significantly higher than the global average of 86%. Nonetheless, while hard water may play a role in hair brittleness and breaking, stress is still a major factor in Singapore.

Singapore is so hot, it makes my hair get worse!

You are not wrong on this. As Singapore is close to the Equator, its temperatures stay around 88 degrees Fahrenheit all year. Like the rest of the tropics, it has to deal with high humidity and moisture, which is about 84% on average. Aside from that, the average maximum dewpoint in Singapore is between 81°F and 84°F (27.7°C and 28.895°C) all year, so this country might be the most humid in the world.

Hair can conduct osmotic exchanges with both humid and dry air. Hair undergoes molecular modifications as a result of the increased humidity in the air during the monsoon. Due to these alterations, the water molecules in the humid air will be drawn to your hair. As a result, your hair will swell as it absorbs moisture from the air. Keep in mind that not every hair will react the same way; in fact, different hairs can react in unpredictable ways, leading to a chaotic mess on your head.

Since not all hair proteins are the same, their reactions to this water molecule absorbing will be different. There's a chance that one part of your hair will soak up a lot of water while the other stays the same. The hair strands get tangled and bent in ways that aren't natural, which can cause them to break and become frizzy. So, only people with kinky or afro hair would benefit from this weather, since their hair is usually dry and their hairstyles usually need volume.


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5 Ways To Avert Your Hair Loss Crisis

1. Try using a clarifying shampoo.

Use a clarifying shampoo and make sure to give your hair a thorough rinse afterward if you don't have hard water but your hair still behaves the way it does. This particular variety of shampoo is formulated to remove buildup in the hair caused by debris, oil, and other styling products. Because it may initially leave your hair feeling dry and stripped, you should always be sure to use a high-quality conditioner after washing your hair.

2. Avoid heated styling tools and get regular trims.

When used often, heat styling tools tend to dry out already-dry hair even more quickly, so try to use these tools as little as possible. Instead, use air drying or a low heat setting when you can. On the other hand, getting your hair cut regularly can help you avoid split ends, which can cause more damage and breakage if they aren't taken care of. If you want your hair to look its best, think about getting it cut every 6 weeks or so.

3. Keep your mental health stable.

As it takes so long for hair to grow, stress can cause hair loss weeks or months after the traumatic event. To stop hair loss from stress, it is important to keep a good mental cycle. If you don't do anything stimulating right before bed, you won't lose hair.

The bad effects of not getting enough sleep are well-known, so it's important to do what you can to get a good night's sleep. This means avoiding stimulating activities like watching TV or using electronics like laptops and smartphones in the hour or two before bed. Instead, try some quiet time and a good book to relax (or a nice, hot bath).

4. Use a hair mask or leave in conditioner during your shower time.

Due to the high humidity and warm temperatures, your air conditioner is probably always on in Singapore. Even though air conditioning does a great job of getting rid of humidity, it also makes the air and, the people inside it less moist, and this is probably why your skin feels dry and itchy when you wake up. Our scalp feels the same way. If your scalp is itchy and flaky, it means that your hair may be getting dry, weak, or lifeless. By putting hydrating hair masks or leave-in conditioners on your hair in the shower, you can protect them from the bad effects of environmental stress.

5. Get into hair loss treatment.

Hair loss can be halted or slowed by medication, and in rare cases, hair that was considered to be permanently lost will grow back. Hair loss treatment is something to consider if you're seeking more permanent solutions. If purchased properly, they have the potential to be quite beneficial for persons experiencing hair thinning. You should only get them from a reliable source.

Hair growth remedies are worthwhile to attempt regardless of the reason for hair loss because they are as effective as FDA-approved drugs like Minoxidil and Finasteride. Fortunately, New Beauty has a solution, and it involves cutting-edge low-level laser technology.


What Exactly Does New Beauty F8 Hair Regrowth Treatment Do to My Hair?

F8 Hair Regrowth Treatment is non-invasive, which means there will be no scarring. The low-energy laser stimulates blood circulation while producing little skin harm, it also penetrates the scalp to encourage the formation of hair papillae and capillaries, hence increasing blood circulation and nutrient delivery to hair follicles. These functions contribute to the health of the hair and scalp, which is the key to prevent further hair damage.

During the treatment, the therapist administers a serum to the scalp to hydrate and manage sebum. As a result, the scalp will feel lighter and more hydrated, preventing hair damage and scalp issues. Following the therapy session, the consultants will solicit feedback from the client on the treatment technique and results. The consultants will also advise the client on proper aftercare and assist in scheduling the customer's next session, so you will be able to get every information about your hair throughout the process.

Whether it's due to water quality, pollution, eating habits, or hormones, it is essential to get your hair treated well, and New Beauty can help. This treatment is non-irritating to most individuals, the process is easy and has no downtime, so you can go about your normal activities immediately after the treatment. Make an appointment right away!


How many treatments do I need to do before seeing the effects?

It's normal to lose a few hairs every day. But if hairballs in your hairbrush or in the shower drain worry you, talk to your doctor. Stress, medicines, and health problems can all make hair loss worse. Your mind can be put at ease by a professional evaluation. You can 'pull test' your hair at home. Start by gently pulling the ends of a small section of clean, dry hair as you run your fingers through it. If you pull out more than two or three hairs each time, you could get telogen or anagen effluvium. If you pull on 100 hairs, no more than 10 hairs should come out. To figure out what's wrong, you'll need to see a doctor.

Is it true that water softener eliminates hard water?

Ion exchange units, which are what home water softeners are also called, are machines that take calcium build up, mineral build up out of water. Calcium and magnesium get stuck in the softener's resin beads, which then trade them for sodium or potassium. Some guidelines must be followed in order for water softener to work efficiently in reducing hardness in water. For every pound of salt used, a typical water softener should remove 4000 grains of hardness.

Does my diet affect hair loss too?

A lack of the right nutrients, like vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein, and essential fatty acids, can slow hair growth or even cause hair loss. If you aren't getting enough of any of these nutrients, though, you might be able to stop hair loss and speed up hair growth. Just make sure to eat them in moderation, since too much Vitamin A can also cause hair loss. To get enough Vitamin A, eat a lot of yellow and orange fruits and vegetables and a lot of dark green, leafy vegetables. It is also found in milk, eggs, and liver, as well as in some plants.

Does taking a cold shower help to minimise hair loss?

The cold water from the shower's final rinse helps seal in moisture and tightens the hair follicles, resulting in less hair loss. The cuticles of the hair are sealed shut by the cold water, making the hair more reflective and shiny. Besides that, people with curly or thin hair might benefit greatly from using cold water to shower since it prevents hair frizzy or breakage. A greater blood flow can be achieved by drinking cold water. This ensures that both your roots and scalp receive the nourishment they require. So, using cold water to wash your hair is beneficial to its growth.

How many treatments do I need to do before seeing the effects?

It would be best to follow a therapy schedule, with each treatment plan lasting at least 3 to 6 months. If you have recently undergone prior hair treatments, you should consult a professional before undergoing the F8 treatment. Wear a cap or use an umbrella after treatment to protect your scalp from the sun. You may still wash your hair as usual, so don't worry.


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