Time Out has advice on shower filters in Dubai, because we all know water in Dubai is far from ideal on your hair. Get haircare tips, too
W ho doesn’t like a good filter? We have them everywhere: on our phones, on our Instagram feeds, and yes, in our showers. Ask any Dubaian what they did first when they set up home in the city and they’ll probably tell you the sensible things, such as installing their Dewa. They’ll then probably tell you that they installed a vitamin C water filter.
Model Miranda Kerr famously spoke about her obsession with water filters. She told Into The Gloss, “I have alkaline water filters in my kitchen sink and on my shower heads, so it’s purified and alkaline. I learned about the benefits of alkaline in your body from studying nutrition, and there are many ways to do it – drinking alkaline water is one of them.”
And to be honest, if Kerr told us that hot chilli powder is the secret to her poreless skin and shiny hair, we’d buy into it with very few questions asked. Which brings us back to water filters. In the shower, these essentially strip out the chlorine in water and balance its pH levels to a more alkaline state. Think of it as a massive slow-pressed juice of spinach, kale, beetroot and carrot, but for the outside of your body. The filters are infused with vitamin C powder, which is the main ingredient responsible for neutralising about 99 percent of chlorine and chloramines in hot water.
While readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies across Dubai, Dr Michael Ryan, a qualified trichologist at Bloom Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, says that the filter won’t necessarily improve the condition of the hair. “They purify salinated water and reduce the chlorine content to an extent, however, adding it to your shower will not dramatically add life or volume to your strands,” he explains. “There’s a myth about Dubai water, and people need to understand that there are many more causes for hair loss and split ends than just plain water. A shower filter may improve your skin, but it can potentially be futile.”
Still, if Kerr has one, we’re sold.
Shower filters cost from Dhs90 and are available at supermarkets across Dubai.
Three top shampoos
Moroccanoil clarifying shampoo
This beautifully scented solution helps strip away any residue from the scalp. Dhs102. www.moroccanoil.com.
Pureology purify shampoo
One for coloured hair, as this shampoo is designed to hold onto the colour and get rid of chlorine. Dhs307. www.desertcart.ae.
Bumble and bumble thickening shampoo
A lightweight cleanser for the hair that builds body in the shower and gives fine hair a much-needed boost. Dhs90. www.sephore-me.com.