How to Deal with Hard Water Buildup

by Brianna Thompson

If you've ever noticed that your hair looks dull, dry, or lifeless, hard water buildup might be to blame. Hard water is water that contains high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium. When you wash your hair with hard water, these minerals can build up on your hair, leading to a a lot of issues. One of the most common issues is buildup, which can make your hair look and feel dry and damaged. Today I'll discuss a few steps you can take to prevent and fully rid of hard water buildup. 

Why Does Hard Water Build Up Occur?

 When you wash your hair with hard water, the minerals in the water can create a layer on your hair that prevents moisture from being absorbed. This can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, leading to split ends and breakage. The buildup can also make it harder for hair products to work effectively, as they can't penetrate the hair shaft through the layer of minerals.

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Consider A Shower Filter

Using a shower filter is one effective way to prevent hard water buildup in your hair. A shower filter works by removing the minerals from hard water, leaving the water that touches your hair free of the minerals that cause buildup. This can help to prevent hair problems like dryness and breakage.

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But shower filters do more than just prevent hair problems. They can also help to maintain the health of your scalp. Hard water minerals can create an alkaline environment on your scalp, which can cause irritation and itching. By removing these minerals, shower filters can help to prevent scalp problems like dandruff.

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Shower filters are easy to install and come in a range of styles and price points. Some filters are designed specifically to remove the minerals that cause hard water buildup, while others can remove a wider range of impurities like chlorine and other chemicals.

Products to Help Rid of Hard Water Buildup

There are actually products available here at The Warehouse Salon that can help rid of hard water buildup. Some of these products can be used in the shower or as a pretreatment. Use whatever works better for your routine!  Here are some great products to look out for if you are dealing with hard water: 

The perfect defense against dull, dry, discolored, damaged locks caused by malicious minerals hiding in your water, this 100% vegan super shampoo boasts top-notch cleansing capabilities without harsh chemicals or sulfates and features the sweetly scented aroma of Orange Creamsicle that will blast you back to your youth.

  • preserves the health and vibrancy of hair exposed to hard or softened water.
  • removes and protects against waterborne elements that dry, damage and discolor hair.
  • nourishes and protects every strand of hair.
  • especially beneficial for frequently shampooed hair
  • prevents discoloration caused by iron and copper.
  • infuses vital moisture for radiant shine and maximum manageability.
  • formulated without sulfates, parabens, gluten, and no sodium chloride (salt) added.

  • Gentle treatment works in under 3 minutes.
  • Removes minerals (found in well water/hard water) that darken and distort your color.
  • Leaves hair softer, silkier, brighter
  • No sulfates, no parabens, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan
  • Gentle formula for healthier hair and scalp

How To Use
Apply to dry hair before shampooing. Spray evenly to saturate hair thoroughly. Wait 1-3 minutes, then shampoo. For best results, use Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Color Security Conditioner.


Hard water buildup can be a frustrating problem that causes hair to be dull and lifeless. Luckily, there are small steps to take such as a shower filter or a couple of product changes that can give your hair its life back! These small steps will help prevent further hard water buildup and your hair will thank you! Refer to my other blogs for more tips on hair health and styling, I also love to connect on social media! Follow me on my Instagram @briannalovesbalayage_ and my TikTok page @briannalovesbalayage! 

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