5 Big Benefits of Water For Your Health Hair

Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.

Step into liquid
Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.

Add shine
For years, hairdressers have been saying a cool-water rinse leaves hair glossier. Is it true?

Yes! The chilly temp constricts the cuticle layer of your hair so it lies flatter; making strands smoother and more reflective.

Tame tresses
Soft shower water leaves hair more manageable because there are few mineral salts (pesky molecules that can make strands rough and prone to tangles).

If you have hard water (find out here), install a water-softening shower filter. It can stop your color from fading, too.

Prevent damage
You probably know from firsthand experience that chlorinated or salty water can turn healthy hair into a frizzy mess.

But the fix is easier than you think. “Just rinse your hair in the shower or under a hose before swimming,” says Laini Reeves, owner and creative director of Essensuals London, a salon in Los Angeles. “The strands will absorb their fill of clean water, so they won’t be able to soak up as much of the damaging water.” After your dip, coat hair with conditioner for extra protection from the sun.

Make waves
Ever heard of setting lotions, those old-fashioned solutions that help hair hold a curl? Well, water is truly the most natural setting lotion available. Each of your strands is made up of hydrogen bonds that separate when hair is wet, according to Jeni Thomas, PhD, a Pantene senior scientist. If you manipulate hair’s texture while wet, “the hydrogen bonds reform as it dries, holding the new shape.”

Here’s how to use that little bit of chemistry to your advantage: Mist hair with water, separate it into four sections, twist each into a small bun, and secure with a pin. Blow-dry (or air-dry), then unravel for soft waves.

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