Many people with blonde or lighter colored hair, have concerns about excessive iron in their water supply, and the negative effects on hair and skin. Well water often contains high levels of iron and other minerals. Once absorbed by your hair, these contaminants will cause your hair to develop a darker discoloration and become dry, brittle, and have an awful metallic odor. Heavy amounts of iron will tint light-colored hair orange and cause dark hair to become darker with red highlights. In addition, oxidized iron reacts similarly to how a mild peroxide works on the hair. It may cause an excessive dry feeling and could even change your hair’s visible texture.
Iron is no good for your skin either. It can damage skin cells, which may lead to wrinkles. In addition, dissolved minerals such as iron and magnesium will cause excessive soap scum residue, which clogs your pores, and can leave you with unattractive skin problems such as acne or eczema.
There are many treatments available to remove rust from hair, but wouldn’t it be nice to not need to spend the money and be able to enjoy that beautiful blonde hair color for longer? That’s where Northern Illinois Water Works can help—Call us today for a free water test and to find out what water filtration products can help your water be the best water for your home.