Washing Your Hair with Distilled Water
The easiest way to have continuous access to distilled water is to purchase your own AquaNui home water distiller. Having an automatic water distiller is the best way to have a lot of water available for all of the great uses of distilled water from hair care, humidifiers and irons to drinking, cooking and baby formula. Many people with long hair will need about a gallon of water to wash their hair and rinse it.
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 distilled 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. Some with long hair choose to wash their hair every other day or less, depending on their needs. If one is careful not to use too much shampoo or conditioner, you will probably use less than a gallon of distilled water to wash your hair. Many make the mistake of using too much shampoo and conditioner. You only need a small amount of each to make your hair shiny and beautiful.
How to Wash & Rinse Your Hair with Distilled Water
- Fill a break proof jug with distilled water.
- Warm your distilled water, but take care not to make it too hot. If you do, let it cool before using it. Normal bathwater is about 98 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take your container to the sink or tub.
- Shampoo your hair with a natural shampoo if possible. Did you know you can make shampoo with distilled water? We’ve included a basic recipe below. The type of shampoo you select can make a big difference in your hair’s health.
- Rinse your hair with distilled water.
- If using conditioner, use a small amount and then rinse that out with distilled water as well.
- Pat your hair gently to dry. We recommend not using a hairdryer for the best results.
- Brush your hair gently with a brush that doesn’t tug at it or a large toothed comb. If your hair is longer, start at the ends so as not to pull on it or create knots.
- Consider not washing your hair daily to preserve the natural oils in your hair.
- Distilled water rinsing is perfect for curly hair and can help you preserve or create ringlets more easily.
Natural Shampoo Recipe with Distilled Water
Natural shampoo can be fun to make, and you might even save some money and help the environment in the process. 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 when using 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, calcium or iron. Hard water leaves deposits on your faucets, glassware, and on your hair. To keep your hair shiny and natural-looking for years to come, switch to distilled water and you will be pleasantly surprised when you start getting compliments.
Have your own constant supply of distilled water with one of our manual countertop water distillers or our sturdy automatic water distillers. Distilled water can be used for refreshing drinking water, ice, cooking, baby formula, plants, pets, for irons, humidifiers, and much more. Say no to bottled water and plastic waste, and protect yourself and your family from contaminants found in tap water.