No one gets in the shower hoping to come out drenched in toxins. Unfortunately, without a quality shower filter, that is precisely what happens.
While municipal water goes through a filtration process, it arrives at your shower head still containing many unpleasant components. According to Harvard researchers, unsafe levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are found in the tap water of millions of Americans. These toxins are associated with cancer and other health issues. Heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and lead are also present in US water sources. Heavy metal exposure can lead to cancer and a litany of other health issues ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to damage to the nervous system and autoimmunity.
Toxins aside, American water supplies often contain levels of various minerals that aren't ideal for healthy skin and hair. This is particularly associated with hard water supplies, in which iron, silica, magnesium, and calcium may be present. While these minerals, in general, are not harmful, their unmediated presence in shower water can leave residue on hair. A dry, flaky, itchy scalp and dry, dull, or frizzy hair can result, according to dermatologist Dr. Fusco.
The mineral concentration in hard water can make it difficult to cleanse the scalp and hair of styling and other products says celebrity stylist Riawna Capri. This leads to a build-up of product in the hair that negates the function of the styling or conditioning product, for example. Hair becomes weighted down with the built-up residue rendering it prone to a dirty, heavy look.
Poor water quality and its effects on the health and physical appearance of hair have led to the development of various water filters, including shower filters. It is especially worth your time to research filters before you purchase one. They are not all created equal. The cheapest filter may only be capable of removing chlorine from cold water. In contrast, a high-end shower filter can remove a range of impurities including heavy metals and chlorine from both cold and hot water.
Installing a filter in your shower is generally simple. It does not affect water pressure, and you will see and feel the difference that clean water can make. Make the switch and notice the difference in your hair, skin, and general well-being.