Miracle Water (Hard Water Solution)

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I've been natural for about 6 years and spent my first three years in the midwest, then spent the later three on the east coast. When I moved to the east coast, my hair completely changed. My hair became darker, my texture was more pronounced, my hair held styles longer and was overall more moisturized. I recently moved back to the midwest (Chicago) several months ago and realized that my hair changed yet again. The color got lighter, duller, I lost texture at my roots, started shedding like crazy and my hair started tangling and drying at the ends. None of my HG products were working and after spending a month buying new deep conditioners, moisturizers and sealers, I kind of gave up. It got to the point where I was contemplating flat-ironing (which I do twice a year) for the long-term so I wouldn't have to deal with my hair in that state. I finally went to a salon to help style my hair and after feeling my hair they told me it was breaking. They also asked if I had a texturizer because the roots were a completely different texture from the ends.

I used to be a regular poster here, but started lurking when I moved. I have seen posts (and even posted once myself) on texture changes, excessive shedding, constant dry hair, lack of shine, tangly ends and the list goes on. After doing some research on hard water on naturallycurly, google and some other sources, I learned that the disinfectants chlorine and chloramine can be a major culprit of all the above mentioned hair issues. They do not just affect the feel of hair, they cause long-term damage and break down the protein in the hair. My city (Chicago) uses chlorine and other minerals to disinfect the water, but without a home or shower filter, that chlorine can wreak havoc on skin, hair, nails and sinuses. Some filters do not remove chlorine if the water is too hot (i.e. Vitamin C filters). Other remedies like Apple Cider Vinegar rinses do NOT remove hard water minerals already dried on the hair from a previous wash, they just keep new minerals from sticking to the hair. Armed with this information, I realized the importance of not perpetuating misinformation and encouraging personal research. I am not a chemist and I encourage others to do their own research before using anything in their hair.

With that said, I am excited to share a recipe that I found on the forum longhaircarecommunity.com for "Miracle Water" which will remove the chlorine content and hard water minerals from water so that it will be gentle on the hair. I already conducted my own personal research and found that it works effectively. I am not sure if I am allowed to link the forum post, but you can find it if you do a google search. The recipe is simply adding a tiny amount of Citric Acid powder and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) powder to whatever tap water you will be using to wash/rinse your hair. I found both powders at a flagship Whole Foods in Chicago for between $5-$15 each), but I am certain they have it at Target, Vitamin Shoppe and some local grocery stores. I have also heard that lemon juice is a good replacement for the citric acid if you cannot find the powder. Citric acid on its own can also remove chlorine/chloramine but I am not sure how effectively so perhaps a chemist can comment on that.

I first cleansed my hair with a chelating shampoo (i.e. something that cleanses the inside of the hair not just the outside like a clarifying shampoo). I used Kenra chelating shampoo and Aubrey Organic's swimmer's shampoo. I then used the miracle water to wash it out, added deep conditioner and filled up another bucket of tap water (added the Citric Acid/Ascorbic Acid again) and did a final rinse. Some people like to deep condition before washing so this regimen can be adjusted to your preferred method. As far as moisture during the week, I only use grocery bought distilled water in spray bottles so tap water never touches my hair.
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Last edited by Paraty; 05-08-2013 at 09:35 AM.
If you do your hair in the shower, you can just add a water filter to your shower head and save yourself several steps.
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I think I have hard water and I need to do something about it.
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If you do your hair in the shower, you can just add a water filter to your shower head and save yourself several steps.
Originally Posted by redlipstick
Yep, absolutely! I think the miracle water is a great option for those who don't have the budget for a shower filter and the cost of replacement filters every 6 months or so (i.e. Aquasana). Some filters also do not remove chlorine as effectively as they say (i.e. the comment I made about Vitamin C filters above) or non KDF specified filters. The recipe gives you the option to tweak the effectiveness depending on the type of hard water (i.e. not all cities use chlorine so no need for ascorbic acid) and hair regimen (probably not ideal for people who do wash and goes every other day). I plan to invest in a home water softener in the future, but in the mean time, my hair won't suffer.
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No: protein, chlorides, drying oils.
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Unless you are near or below the poverty line, a shower filter isn't that expensive. I found a good one on google for about $30 and replacement filters are $27.

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Unless you are near or below the poverty line, a shower filter isn't that expensive. I found a good one on google for about $30 and replacement filters are $27.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Exactly. I get my filters for about $10. And that's worth it to me, as a sufferer of eczema. And distilled water is about $1 a gallon at most stores. Who goes through all this?

This is not gonna be popular, but I think many folk like to go through all sorts of machinations to talk about how "my hair / skin / whatever situation is soooooooo mush worse than everyone else's" and I don't get it. Like it proves how dedicated they are to it or whatever. Everyone has challenges. Whatevs.
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Last edited by redlipstick; 05-22-2013 at 10:45 AM.
Unless you are near or below the poverty line, a shower filter isn't that expensive. I found a good one on google for about $30 and replacement filters are $27.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Exactly. I get my filters for about $10. And that's worth it to me, as a sufferer of eczema. And distilled water is about $1 a gallon at most stores. Who goes through all this?

This is not gonna be popular, but I think many folk like to go through all sorts of machinations to talk about how "my hair / skin / whatever situation is soooooooo mush worse than everyone else's" and I don't get it. Like it proves how dedicated they are to it or whatever. Everyone has challenges. Whatevs.
Originally Posted by redlipstick
To redlipstick and multicultcurly:

I think I should first mention that the thread is not about affording a filter. I am a prudent buyer who has researched and not found a filter in my budget. That's why I was excited to share a reasonable alternative. If you've found filters that are suitable for you, naming them would be a great starting point in contributing a relevant point to the thread. Whether it is in my budget is up to me.

In addition, the recipe I suggested takes care of water hardness (via citric acid, lemon juice or acv)and chlorine in water (via ascorbic acid). Most filters only take care of the chlorine not water hardness. If you live in an area that uses chlorine, but has soft water, a filter should be enough for you. Investing in a quality filter and home water softener would be ideal in preventing hair damage in hard water areas. If you have suggestions for a filter that does both, that would be helpful.

Redlipstick, I mention my personal research on filters and you reply that I should just get a water filter. I mention that I use distilled water during the week and you mention the low cost of distilled water. I do not know your age, so I won't be harsh. All I will say is that it may be helpful to read the original post before taking issue with the original post.

It is also worth mentioning that affordability was not discussed in my original post. Even in 2013, it is still poor taste to comment on someone's finances unless they bring it up. Not everyone is interested in spending what you might spend for item X or item Y. I only need a filter for my hair, not my skin or health as you might for your eczema redlipstick.

I hope others still find this helpful!
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Love: water, conditioner ˛,smoothing ingredients like whipped shea, AVG.
No: protein, chlorides, drying oils.
Cleanse: Kenra, CJ Daily Fix, CON Argan Shampoo
Deep Co (Double Condition Method): CRose CWT or Sally’s GVP Balm + Giovanni TTT
Leave-in: KCKT, KeraCare NT
Sealants (LO, LOL Method): MyHoneyChild Grease, Nature’s Gate Vitamin E, CJ Rehab
Styler: KCCC, Andre Walker Gold, CRose Curl Milk

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Last edited by Paraty; 05-23-2013 at 11:12 AM.
Paraty, the thread below mentions a few shower filters with links.

http://m.naturallycurly.com/curltalk...d.php?t=157200

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Very helpful thank you for sharing!

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The filter is rainshowr or rainshower that I have. I bought it from amazon, but you can buy it from Google. It has made a huge difference. My hair has shine again, less frizz, and it isn't getting weird ends anymore. I like simple things, so a shower filter works for me. If $30 is too much for someone, then there are other things she can do to deal with hard water.

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The filter is rainshowr or rainshower that I have. I bought it from amazon, but you can buy it from Google. It has made a huge difference. My hair has shine again, less frizz, and it isn't getting weird ends anymore. I like simple things, so a shower filter works for me. If $30 is too much for someone, then there are other things she can do to deal with hard water.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Exactly! Which is why she is sharing so that "someone" can know the other options. And I believe it is useful information for even people that $30 is nothing to.

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The filter is rainshowr or rainshower that I have. I bought it from amazon, but you can buy it from Google. It has made a huge difference. My hair has shine again, less frizz, and it isn't getting weird ends anymore. I like simple things, so a shower filter works for me. If $30 is too much for someone, then there are other things she can do to deal with hard water.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Exactly! Which is why she is sharing so that "someone" can know the other options. And I believe it is useful information for even people that $30 is nothing to.

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Originally Posted by Aabida
I wasn't arguing with you. The OP asked me to list where I purchased the filter so I did. I am going to remove myself from this thread because I am getting annoyed.

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