Is Rainwater Better For Your Hair?

Using Rain Water on Natural Hair

Like any natural obsessed naturalista, I am constantly looking for natural ways of trying things out when it comes to hair. I have heard numerous times in life that rainwater is actually good for your hair. There are people who legitimately catch their own rainwater and wash their hair with it. Some even go as far as grabbing their bottle of shampoo and conditioner and head out to the rain to lather up.

Why rainwater, you ask? Rainwater is said to have better benefits than any other water you would normally use. Rain water is supposedly considered “soft water” which is great for your hair considering it doesn’t dry out your hair like hard water (tap water). It also is said to help cleanse your hair better. Rainwater does still have chemicals in it, but it doesn’t contain as harsh of chemicals that are found in hard water.

If you ever decide to try this method, collect your water in bowls or buckets and remove it from outside immediately. Otherwise, mosquitoes will make it their home. If dirt is at the bottom of your water, just run the water through a strainer.

Several YouTubers have claimed a that rainwater is the reason their hair journey has been so successful. It is said to have permanently soften their curls and made detangling their hair far more easier. So, are the rumors true? Is rainwater better for your hair?

Have any of you ever tried it? Comment below. We want to know!

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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  • Julianna says:

    Hi Love! This is an awesome article. I’ve shared it with several friends. Yes Rainwater is absolutely amazing. The women in my family have used it for generations for naturally soft, beautiful hair.

  • Laurie says:

    I grew up on a farm. My Mother has rain barrels with tight covers. That was used specifically for our hair. She also used it to water her flowers. Everything she grew was beautiful. I still use all of her natural remedies. So thankful for her knowledge.

  • Telicia Hodges says:

    I have a friend who swears by it. She had a bout with cancer many years ago and her hair was patchy and thin. She began washing it with rainwater after pondering how well it works on plants. Today her hair is SO thick that…its just amazing. Hairdressers make comments about it. So im excited to try now.

  • I have noticed my hair growing in much better and it does feel softer, I wash my face with it too! gives me a nice glow and my skin looks less fatigued (less wrinkles) being I am 33 and my skin often looks dull and tired. Thank you so much!

  • Linda Gamby says:

    I’ve been using rain water since I moved to Indiana and my hair is much softer than using the tap water here I would have a lot of hair in my comb after using the tap water but since I’ve changed to rain water I’ve had much less hair in the comb and I a lot of new growth since using the rain water that’s all my mom would use on my sisters and I and we had hair for day’s I will continue to use the rain water for my hair. I even boil the water to ensure there’s no acidic in it from the pollution in the air specially in the summertime with all the grass cutting going on it’s always best to boil rainwater before using it.

  • Alfred Piccinini says:

    Yes, as a peasant boy I the old country we did not have shampoo and water was at a premium. Thus whenever it rained the women of the village would wash their hair in the rain and thunder storms. It’s better than water out of century old plumbing

  • Good Morning !
    I have very curly, coarse, dry hair !
    I noticed after walking the the rain, My hair, after it dries, is so much softer !
    Hence, I use rain water now and what a Joy ! Thanks for sharing this wonderful info for everyone !!! 💕

  • Tina Rowland says:

    I’m new to this natural hair Care, I tell u as soon as I knew the rain was coming I headed for the door to get my hair wet,fill all the buckets.so I can see wat it’s gonna do for my hair.

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