Trouble... Hard water hair problems

Hello, I have moved to a land of super hard water, I have been told the water has a lot of calcium, but either way.. It is hurting me.

I am a 3c I think.. And I don't know how to care for my hair properly. This is actually my second attempt at not relaxing my curls. I got depressed Jan 2007 and permed my hair. In October 2007, I cut my hair and started back "naturally Curly" yet I still don't have a clue as to how to care for my hair.

I know my hair does not like heavy oils and the water makes my hair feel so hard that light oils do nothing. I was considering using creme and styling gels. But I am not sure what to use.

My hair is so dry and hard... HELP!!!!

Please help with any advice with any natural products that could help me out.. Thank!

JaNele
Go to home depot and get a shower water filter. Best $20 you will ever spend! You hair and skin will thank you!

ETA: i just saw that water is not the only problem. What products are u currently using? It will be a lot easier to help u with a routine if we know what u are using now.
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I agree you must invest in a good shower filter.Also if you can order online i'll suggest you to try blended beauty happy nappy styles (this will leave your hair soft and moisturized) or sheamoisture leave in as a moisturizer. Do lot's of moisturizing DT,also I'll suggest you star co washing !HTH
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Last edited by Flower princess; 06-28-2008 at 07:51 AM. Reason: error
Thanks for the advice.... what's co washing?

The Shower water filter is a good Idea... I will look into that.. Thanks.

I can't say I have a routine... But what I put in my hair is Hemp Oil, Pantene Oil Moistureing for dry hair, and Jam conditioning and shine gel. I wash with CLEAR ( Complete & Soft Care). I don't really have a lot of time for hair maintence. And With the water being hard, that's not a good combo. Plus my hair products are not the best.. But I must say, I have been learning a lot from Naturally Curly.

I was wondering if ingredients could also be the problem as to why I am loosing hair, why my hair feels do dry and hard.. It would be nice if I came across some good healthy natural products.. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the different products.
Can I ask whether shower filters are available in the US that actually filter out calcium etc? The ones in the UK are chlorine filters, which don't affect water hardness. I always use a chlorine filter though - chlorine is horrible for the hair.

My water is v hard and I find using an acidic wash like vinegar or lime juice helps (I find lime juice better as it smells nicer!)
Sarah.

Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
Thanks for the advice.... what's co washing?

The Shower water filter is a good Idea... I will look into that.. Thanks.

I can't say I have a routine... But what I put in my hair is Hemp Oil, Pantene Oil Moistureing for dry hair, and Jam conditioning and shine gel. I wash with CLEAR ( Complete & Soft Care). I don't really have a lot of time for hair maintence. And With the water being hard, that's not a good combo. Plus my hair products are not the best.. But I must say, I have been learning a lot from Naturally Curly.

I was wondering if ingredients could also be the problem as to why I am loosing hair, why my hair feels do dry and hard.. It would be nice if I came across some good healthy natural products.. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the different products.
Originally Posted by janeles77
co washing is washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo for more info look here:
http://www.domainhair.com/How_to_CoW...lack_Hair.html

Do you know i was thinking the same thing sometime ago when i was searching for natural products and couldn't find.But one day i went to a health food store and found lot's 9of natural shampoo ,conditioners,etc. to bad they didn't sell moisturizer coz where i leave is mostly Caucasians and they don't use moisturizers on their hair anyway find a health food store and ho check it out it's expensive but it might be worth it maybe!
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co washing is washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo for more info look here:
http://www.domainhair.com/How_to_CoW...lack_Hair.html

Do you know i was thinking the same thing sometime ago when i was searching for natural products and couldn't find.But one day i went to a health food store and found lot's 9of natural shampoo ,conditioners,etc. to bad they didn't sell moisturizer coz where i leave is mostly Caucasians and they don't use moisturizers on their hair anyway find a health food store and ho check it out it's expensive but it might be worth it maybe!
Originally Posted by Flower princess
alot of "regular" grocery stores have a natural/organic/health section. even target has started carrying some of the hair care lines that alot of us mention here, not to mention gnc or the vitamin shoppe.
i also recommend reading the book "curly girl" by lorraine massey. even if you read it while youre at the book store or at the library, it will make alot of the principles people talk about on this site much more understandable.
co washing is washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo for more info look here:
http://www.domainhair.com/How_to_CoW...lack_Hair.html

Do you know i was thinking the same thing sometime ago when i was searching for natural products and couldn't find.But one day i went to a health food store and found lot's 9of natural shampoo ,conditioners,etc. to bad they didn't sell moisturizer coz where i leave is mostly Caucasians and they don't use moisturizers on their hair anyway find a health food store and ho check it out it's expensive but it might be worth it maybe!
Originally Posted by Flower princess
alot of "regular" grocery stores have a natural/organic/health section. even target has started carrying some of the hair care lines that alot of us mention here, not to mention gnc or the vitamin shoppe.
i also recommend reading the book "curly girl" by lorraine massey. even if you read it while youre at the book store or at the library, it will make alot of the principles people talk about on this site much more understandable.
Originally Posted by subbrock
Thanks.I've heard of all this about sallys,target etc. but i don't leave in the US that's why it was so hard for me to find hair products most of them as i mentioned are for Caucasians and don't work for textured hair.
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Wow.... I always thought it was better to wash using conditioners, even before when i would relax every so often. It was just what I preferred. Never new I had something good going on for me. Just like I use to use Coco butter in my hair years ago too. This was before I knew anything about hair. I just ran out of hair stuff one day and used my Queen Helen Coco Butter cream on my hair and fell in love with it after that.. My hair grew really good then too.

As for going to a health store, Only Health store here is GNC which is 4 almost 5 hours driving distance away from me, another reason I love NC it ships international and it seems like they have almost everything... *thanks NC*. I would be so lost without NC... Right now I am located in Saudi Arabia, It is very hot and the water is very hard.

another good question, Like Pelicano asked: Does the water filter work for Calcium too? I read it is good for removing chlorine.
Wow.... I always thought it was better to wash using conditioners, even before when i would relax every so often. It was just what I preferred. Never new I had something good going on for me. Just like I use to use Coco butter in my hair years ago too. This was before I knew anything about hair. I just ran out of hair stuff one day and used my Queen Helen Coco Butter cream on my hair and fell in love with it after that.. My hair grew really good then too.

As for going to a health store, Only Health store here is GNC which is 4 almost 5 hours driving distance away from me, another reason I love NC it ships international and it seems like they have almost everything... *thanks NC*. I would be so lost without NC... Right now I am located in Saudi Arabia, It is very hot and the water is very hard.

another good question, Like Pelicano asked: Does the water filter work for Calcium too? I read it is good for removing chlorine.
Originally Posted by janeles77
I LOVE cocoa butter too. My sis use to use it on her hair but i stopped her cause all my cocoa butter body cream was vanishing and i loved it so much i never wanted it to finish

Anyway there is something called ''water softener'' you can try that also.
for more info check here:http://www.water-softeners-filters.c...softeners-work

Yes i think it will work here's what i found at the net:
''Anion exchange and cation exchange use the chemical ion exchange process to exchange anions and cations on a ''resin'' bed for cations and anions of the contaminant that needs to be removed from the water. For example, in cation exchange, a cation of hardness mineral such as calcium is exchanged for two cations of sodium, effectively removing most of the calcium, and softening the water. ''

For more info about this check here:
http://www.thewatersite.com/how_they...er_filters.htm

Good luck in your long journey if you want to buy something from NC i can recommend you some products if you'll like. (i haven't tried them but i've heard so many reviews about products ..and now i know which ones work on such type of hair.

Hope this helps!

PS.don't forget to clarify every 2 weeks or one week of co washing or whenever you hair looks dull you might have build up (caused by overload of products)
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Thank You Flower Princess. You have helped me alot. I have an Idea of some products I want to buy from NC. Hopefully I will like my results.
Thanks again...

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