It’s springtime, and you know what that means — rain! I’ve seen many naturalistas claim that they love being natural because they don’t worry about getting their hair wet, but let me tell you, I am NOT one of them. While I don’t mind a light sprinkling on my locks, anything more than that often yields a dry, tangled wash and go the next day. I can’t lie, I felt a little betrayed by my friend H2O, so I did some research to determine why my hair might react this way.
The answer is really quite simple: Pure rain water, is actually great for hair — it is the purest form of soft water, which makes your hair shiny and lush. Unfortunately, depending on where you live, your rain water may not be so pure, lowering its pH with harmful chemicals and pollutants. This acid rain can weaken your hair shaft, causing damage. Acid rain is also responsible for the corrosion of buildings and damage to trees at high elevations. Yikes! Just think of what that can do to your hair!
Tangling is also an issue. I also believe this is a result of all of my hair getting wet at the same time, as I section my hair when washing.
Sure enough, one of my friends shared an article with me about acid rain on the east coast. Being low porosity, my hair has never reacted well to products or natural treatments with a lower pH (hence why I like the Cherry Lola treatment, which has a basic pH), and that reaction (dry, tangled hair) is the exact same thing that happens when I get caught in the rain. Now, is this true for everyone? No — being that our hair is unique, different levels of porosity or how pH affects your hair will determine the reaction your hair has. Furthermore, less industrial areas most likely have rain water with a higher pH, so I recommend doing some searching to see what it’s like in your area before worrying.
But, like always, listen to your hair — if rain water feels good to you, feel free to frolic!
How does your hair react in rain water?