Hard Water?

Discussion in 'Hair Care' started by Melisande, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Melisande

    Melisande Active Member

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    How do you care for your hair in areas with hard water?

    My long hair has been in a constant tangle since moving to Paris.

    The Lush shampoo designed for hard water lathers well, anyone know of a good conditioner?:flower:
     
  2. gomtik

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    When I was in an area with hard water, I would rinse my hair with very vinegar water (very, very diluted) in place of conditioner. It made my hair very shiny, smooth, and soft.
     
  3. Melisande

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    mm, sounds good...how diluted?

    I got scared of vinegar since I tried it many years ago and ended up smelling like a human pickle. I've been searching pharmacies for citric acid with no luck...
     
  4. posed to death

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    how do you know it is hard water or not?
     
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    ^Because nothing foams or lathers... I live in an area with hard water too, I have to use sooo much detergent to get my clothes clean that I get rashes :(
     
  6. Marchessa

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    I never knew how bad this was for my hair until recently. :( I've heard chelating shampoos (e.g joico) are good to get rid of the build up as well as apple cider vinegar rinses.

    I'm going to try and look in to getting a shower head filter in the long run.
     
  7. Melisande

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    Update: Gomtik's vinegar trick worked wonders! Smelled salad-y at first, but a good dose of lavender essential oil added to the solution did the trick.
    Thanks!
     
  8. gomtik

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    I'm glad it's helped! I don't know the exact ratio, but you definitely shouldn't smell like pickle once you're out of the shower!!! :lol:
     
  9. Melisande

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    update: I tried replacing the vinegar rinse with lemon juice, amazing!
    Worked perfectly and smelled divine.
    I just used cheap 100% lemon juice out of a bottle.
    1 TBSP diluted with 1 Liter water.
    This, + hot oil treatment =hard water issues resolved.:smile:
     
  10. Deborah

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    So do you do the rinse last? After the hot oil?
     
  11. Marjon

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    I'd like to know this too
     
  12. Meg

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    After getting my hair damaged by a hairdresser, I have been doing cider rinses every week to cope with hard water and using MoroccanOil to get more moisture back in my hair. I do the rinse at the end of the shower (after shampoo and conditioner) and I will leave it in mostly - the vinegar smell does evaporate as your hair dries. I will put the oil in my hair when it's wet and then after it's dry (because it's really hydrating).
     

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