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Have you ever noticed a difference in your hair when you go on a vacation? Besides factors like humidity and altitude, another very important factor playing a role in your hair’s texture is water. Many people are unaware that the water they use for washing and bathing affects their skin and hair. Even though hard water is considered safe to drink, it can harm your skin and hair, make it dull and more prone to breakage. 

A professionally installed water softener removes the hard calcium and magnesium elements from your water as it enters your home, leaving you with soft water. 

Softened water improves the product to lather. It’s not rocket science, but it means using significantly less product, up to 75% less! Less product means less residue, which can cause your scalp to dry out and leave your hair dull and limp. 

How Does Water Type Affect My Hair? 

Depending on where it is found, mineral deposits in water determine whether it is hard or soft. Water types react differently to different hair types. Hair washed in soft water will be tamed and smoothed, while fine hair will be left with a less oily texture if it is washed in hard water. You may not be imagining your dreamy beach waves when you return from vacation, but a change in the water supply might have caused it. 

Soft Water’s Effects on Your Hair 

Soft water does not contain a high amount of calcium, so it does not cause problems for your hair the same way hard water does. Depending on your hair’s condition, washing it in softer water may result in softer strands with more shine. Perms, relaxers, and colour treatments will also last longer, and your hair will sustain less damage due to lower calcium levels in the water. 

Soft water cannot completely transform your hair’s natural texture; however, it can alter how your hair feels to the touch. Hair washed in soft water benefits more from the shampoo you use because it is free of excess calcium deposits. This can make your hair softer, but you may also notice greasier strands. As previously stated, soft water removes more natural oils from the scalp and hair. If you move to an area with lower calcium levels in the water, you may need to adjust your hair washing frequency. 

Understanding soft water for good hair days 

Soft hair for life with soft water. Is it possible to soften hard water for hair washing? If you live in a hard water area, you may have no choice but to accept the damaging effects on your hair – but there is a way to soften hard water for washing hair. The minerals that harden the water in your area are removed using a water softener. An ion-exchange resin traps calcium and magnesium, resulting in pure, softened water for your home. Soft water changes the texture of your hair by removing calcium from your water supply, making it soft and shiny. Soft water also saves money by allowing shampoos and conditioners to produce a richer, thicker lather. In this way, you can wash your hair less often because you will be able to cleanse your hair follicles more effectively and keep hair healthy.


Chilli Couture understands what good hair does to a person’s mood. As Perth’s best sustainable salon, we believe in providing the best hair treatment for your hair. Hair is your crowning glory, and we want your crowning glory at its best. We want to ensure that you get the best hair care and leave the salon smiling. 

Make sure to make an appointment with Chilli Couture if you feel your locks are lacking lustre.