Nature is absolutely magical and sometimes even beautifying. The simplest things can be the most profound. Take rainwater, for instance: while I used to resist being outside in the rain, particularly in cold weather, I now remind myself, when caught in a spring sprinkle, to relax and enjoy. The rain brings out the child in me who wants to splash in puddles, muse at drops glistening over leaves and enjoy the sensations of tiny droplets falling on my skin. Not to mention, rain does amazing things to my hair.
Just two days ago, I got caught in the rain. I told the part of me, that wanted to hurry to my destination and get out of the rain, to relax. I slowed my pace, relaxing into the sensations of a light, cool rain showering all over my skin. I was wearing flip flops and seemed to inadvertently splash some dirt, from puddles, up the backs of my legs. There was a joy to this messiness.
Once I got indoors and spied my reflection in the mirror, my previously flat, slightly frizzy hair, was now wavy, soft and glossy. Hooray! I have also noticed that when I get caught in a rain or mist, that I can go an extra day without washing my hair.
So, what is about the rain that creates this hair magic? Rain is a soft water which hair loves. Hard water doesn’t wash your hair as well; you can’t lather as well and it doesn’t rinse out the soap scum very well either. Also, rainwater doesn’t have chlorine, which is harsh for our skin and hair.
Digging a little deeper, what I found out from a company called, Rainwater Connection, is that rainwater is a “high quality water” that “is soft, neutral in pH, free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants.” However, they caution that you should properly collect and filter your rainwater for personal use.
When googling about the benefits of rainwater for hair, several websites cautioned against using acid rain. Holistics.com cautions: “Rainwater still has chemicals in it, but it won’t contain some of the heavier chemicals found in hard water. Rainwater is not safe to drink without filtering it first. If you live in an acid rain area or any place where a layer of smog casts a pallor over the town, washing with rainwater is not for you.” I even looked at a map that showed acid rain prone areas of the United States. It looks like I live in one of them. Still, my hair seems to love getting caught in the rain.
Here are some other website pages that tell you how to wash your hair with rainwater and also things you should be cautious about when using rainwater:
I keep wondering, however, if there is something else about rainwater other than it’s softness, lack of chlorine and lack of other contaminates? Unlike treated tap water, it comes from the sky and is part of the cycles of nature.
It is alive.
A selfie of yours truly enjoying a light morning rain.