Is Water Good for Your Hair?

Water refreshes and provides moisture to your hair.

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If someone were to ask you if water is good for your body, the answer is as crystal clear as a freshly poured glass. More than 55 percent or more of your body is made up of water, after all — your body needs water to function and thrive. However you might still wonder if the same truth applies to your hair.

Does Hair Need Water?

Why of course it does! No matter how long your hair hangs from your head, it is still a part of your body and needs water to thrive too. Hair absorbs the water it needs to become moisturized, like taking a refreshing sip from a glass. So yes, water (in moderation) is good for your hair. And your hair will most likely let you know if it needs more H2O, stat. If lately your hair has been looking as dry as the Sahara Desert and as brittle as a bag of straw, it could be crying out "hey, water please!"

Washing Your Hair

The quickest way to give your hair a water infusion is to wash it. When you run water and manipulate it with your hands, it aids the absorption process. It also clears away dirt and product that could be weighing your hair down. The type of hair products you use also affects the absorption process. Moisturizing shampoo or conditioners make your hair more receptive to moisture.

Drinking Water

You can also give your hair the H2O it needs by drinking more of it. The water you drink moves to other parts of your body, including the hair follicles to nourish your locks. Water gives your hair scalp the energy it needs to keep working. When you drink water, it also helps flush out toxins and other bad stuff that could be negatively affecting your hair.

Not Always a Good Thing…

Too much moisture can actually cause problems with your hair. For instance, when you’re out on a humid day, the extra moisture in the air absorbs into the hair shaft, causing it to swell up and create the dreaded frizz. Also, when your hair is wet, it is more vulnerable to damage from combing or brushing. Finally, keep in mind that washing with very hard water could cause the salt and other mineral deposits to transfer to the hair, creating a film or dirt buildup.

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