Distilled Water for Hair Care

There are so many uses for distilled water, but you may not have thought of using distilled water for hair washing and rinsing. If you would like your hair to look shinier and healthier, we highly recommend using distilled water instead of your regular tap water. Distilled water is pure and free from any hard mineral build up or harsh chemicals like chlorine. This makes distilled water an excellent addition to your hair care regimen.

How to Wash Your Hair with Distilled Water

The first step is to distill some water, and we recommend using one of our WRADC water distillers. An automatic water distiller provides enough water for a family of four to use for drinking, cooking, and hair washing. With a manual countertop water distiller, like the Wradc Distiller, you will need to make more than a 4 litres of distilled water a day if one intends to use about for hair care.

How Much Distilled Water Do I Need to Wash My Hair?

If you have short hair or only use shampoo and not a conditioner, your water needs will be significantly less. However, long hair will require more water, and of course, if you intend to condition your hair, you will likely need double the initial amount. If one is careful not to use too much shampoo or conditioner, you will probably use less than a 2 litres of distilled water to wash your hair. A lot of people make the mistake of using too much shampoo or conditioner. You really only need a small amount of each.

Steps to Washing Your Hair with Distilled Water

  1. Collect your distilled water.
  2. Warm your distilled water in a large pot, but take care not to make it too hot. If you do, let it cool before using it. Normal bathwater is about 35 to 38 degrees Celcius.
  3. Take your pot and pour some water into a container that is easier to manage while washing your hair. You might want to put the water into a large bowl of some kind and have a cup that you can scoop water with, or perhaps you would like to use something with a small pour spout.
  4. Shampoo your hair with a natural shampoo if possible. Did you know you can make shampoo with distilled water? We’ve included a recipe below. The type of shampoo you select can make a big difference in your hair’s health.
  5. Rinse your hair with distilled water.
  6. If using conditioner, use a small amount and then rinse that out with distilled water as well.
  7. Pat your hair gently to dry. We recommend not using a hairdryer for the best results.
  8. Brush your hair gently with a brush that doesn’t tug at it. If your hair is longer, start at the ends so as not to pull on it or create knots. You might only really need a very wide-toothed comb.
  9. Consider not washing your hair daily to preserve the natural oils in your hair.

Natural Shampoo Recipe with Distilled Water

Natural shampoo can be fun to make, and you might even save some money and some wear and tear on the environment at the same time. Here is a basic one that we think most people would like.

  • 16 oz BPA free or glass bottle with cap (one that has a little hole is helpful to pour shampoo). Glass bottles with a pump are a great option.
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/2 cup unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp of jojoba oil
  • ½ tsp or a few drops of essential oil for scent (optional) Essential oil ideas: peppermint, lavender, chamomile, lemon, orange, rosemary, coconut, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, tea tree, or patchouli oil. Note: do NOT get peppermint soap in your eyes and always use caution not to use essential oils.
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel (if moisture is needed)
  • Gently shake or stir before use

The main reason that distilled water is the best water for your hair is that it does not contain any minerals like magnesium or calcium like hard water does. Hard water leaves deposits on your faucets, glassware, and yes, even on your hair. To keep your hair shiny and natural-looking for years to come, switch to distilled water and wait for the compliments to roll in! Src