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Water and its Effect on Your Hair

Category: Water Stories
Posted: 2007-04-13 11:18

I have more to share with you about water, however, when I find a gem I can't help but share it with you!
Enjoy! ;)


Effects of Water on your Hair
By Stephen Thomson

Everybody wants healthier & better-looking hair. But, sometimes we get a bad hair day with dull & lifeless hair. This could be because of water we use to wash our hair.

So, what is the relation between water & hair?
Presence of minerals like calcium, magnesium makes water hard or soft. When we wash our hair, these minerals are absorbed into the hair and change the look & feel of hair. Amount of minerals absorbed by the hair depends on acidity & hardness of the water.

What is hard water?
Rainwater is naturally soft & mineral free. When it falls on the ground, it seeps through the soil and rocks & picks up the minerals & become hard water. The degree of hardness increases as mineral content increases.

Higher the hardness or ph level of water, the greater is the absorption of minerals in the hair. These characteristics of water can determine the amount of dye that is absorbed into the hair, how your shampoo and conditioning will work on your hair, look & feel of hair after drying.

A study published in ‘Sci Total Environ. 1999 Oct 1;239(1-3):189-93’ has mentioned that uptake of minerals by the hair varies depending on the initial total hardness and pH of the water. The study was conducted to see the uptake of minerals like calcium & magnesium by human hair from waters of 24 different locations throughout the world. The findings have shown that water of high initial total hardness or high initial pH resulted in more absorption of minerals.

Acidity or mineral content varies in local water supply from day to day. Chlorinated, mineralized or fluorinated house water can also affect your hair. Because of these variable factors, your hair looks great one day & shabby & limp on the other day.

Effect of pool & seawater:
Salt water & chlorine can dry & discolor your hair. The chemicals that are used in pool water can damage your hair. These chemicals can attach with hair and give it a grayish or green cast. To protect your hair from these effects, wet your hair thoroughly with tap water and apply conditioner before going to pool. It will help your hair to soak up the normal water instead of the chemicals & chlorinated water of the swimming pool. Rinse your hair immediately after coming out of the pool. You will find more tips here for Hair Care

So, condition of your hair & scalp also depend on type of water used for hair wash. Keep an eye on Clay Discoveries regarding Moroccan Ghassoul and the incredible benefits it offers for scalp and hair care!

Author is a freelance writer on health topics & contributes to several websites
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Green Clay 101

Category: Clay Discoveries
Posted: 2007-04-11 10:22

Located in France, mines for an excellent raw Illite are worked. Also, so to is a widely used "French" montmorillonite. These clays are produced in and marketed directly from France. Argiletz is one of the few clay companies that handles clay to perfection. From the mining sites that were selected based upon protection against pollution to completely neutral packaging to (one of the keys of their quality) natural sun drying.

Green clay has cosmetic applications but is also for use in Pelotherapy, hydrotherapy, natural medicine and healing applications. Healing clays have traditionally been used for internal detoxification (digestive system and liver), trauma injuries, skin conditions, organ and elimination system stimulation, and localized immune system stimulation and support.

Green clays such as Illite, Bentonite and Montmorillonite have been used by mankind as a part of natural medicine for tens of thousands of years. Today, the art of healing with the earth is formally known as Pelotherapy.

I am excited to share with you, soon, some of my discoveries regarding green clay.
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