Best kind of filter shower head for really hard water

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I am searching for recomendations on the best model of shower filter anyone have suggestions?
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I bought mine at Home Depot.
Sprite Industries, Inc Sprite Slim-Line Shower Filter-No Showerhead
Model # SL-CM Internet # 100677503

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This is where I bought mine. I'm due for a filter change. Thanks for the reminder!


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I am researching before I invest the money so I am just wondering.... do the shower filters really make a difference?
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Be sure to read what they say they filter out. Many will take out chlorine from treated tap water and iron and odors and some chemicals. That's good because chlorine is drying and iron discolors hair.
But a shower filter cannot alter hard water (I tested this with an aquarium water hardness test strip, but it's just not possible). To remove minerals, you need quite a bit of ion exchange resin and a bunch of salt. Every so often, the salt has to be washed through the ion exchange resin to refresh it so that it can keep taking minerals (calcium, magnesium) out of the water.

A shower filter with no ion exchange resin tank, that you never flush with salt will not modify hard water.

If you suspect hard water is giving you hair problems, you could try buying a gallon of distilled water and washing/rinsing exclusively with that. If you see a big difference, a distilled water wash once per week with some of the following might do the trick without investing in a water softener:

Products with EDTA (even some of the Suave Naturals have enough) and a final distilled water rinse, or citric acid rinses (1/4 tsp. in 1 cup distilled water) to chelate minerals on your hair. Vinegar might work too - 1 tablespoon in 1 cup distilled water.

Hard water in the desert or where rainfall is very low tends to be alkaline also. Acidic rinses might be helpful if that applies to you.
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Be sure to read what they say they filter out. Many will take out chlorine from treated tap water and iron and odors and some chemicals. That's good because chlorine is drying and iron discolors hair.
But a shower filter cannot alter hard water (I tested this with an aquarium water hardness test strip, but it's just not possible). To remove minerals, you need quite a bit of ion exchange resin and a bunch of salt. Every so often, the salt has to be washed through the ion exchange resin to refresh it so that it can keep taking
Originally Posted by IAgirl
ITA - my handy hubby installed a whole house filter recently after I started mentioning how awful our water was. My parents always had filtered well water and it was great, then we bought our house and have 'city' water (were not a city, but a small tiny cow town in NH) which was AWFUL. I asked him to get a shower head filter and he said exactly what IAgirl typed above about filter capabilities and such. I see a HUGE improvement in my hair and skin since he installed the filter (and its really interesting/gross to see whats been filtered out in the short time we've had it).
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Last edited by Lucky Charm; 10-29-2011 at 12:29 PM.
I grew up with well water too. "City" water tastes lousy!

We have an Aquasana filter in the kitchen and shower and it tastes better, showers no longer smell like a swimming pool.
Hope your hubby gets frequent "thank you-s" for installing the filter!
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ITA with IAgirl. If you have really hard water, the only thing you can do to make it better is using a water softener. A filter will take out some minerals and compounds, but your water will remain hard.

And yes, water filters do work. You will find your hair and skin will be less dry and tight after taking a shower with filtered water, if you city water is not all that great.
Thanks for the details, IAgirl. I think it's hard water here, and I am living in a temporary setting so I don't want to invest too much but I most definitely see a difference in my hair from the mountain water of Colorado to this icky Florida water so I wanted to do something. But now I wonder if the shower filters will make much of a difference....

Off to the store to buy some distilled water....
in humidity hell south Florida or high and dry Colorado
CG since 2005
2a, 2b, 3b - fine hair, low density - low/normal porosity
washing: cj curl assurance gentle cleansing, cj daily fix
conditioning: cj smoothing, cj strengthening, giovanni 50/50 balance, darcy's pumpkin seed, kinky curly knot today
styling: homemade fsg, kinky curly curling custard, cj pattern pusha, botanical spirits magic curls puree
pt: cj curl fix, cj repair me
avoid: humectants, polyquats
Oh good grief, Florida has terribly hard, calcium-rich water. You're sitting on limestone, just like us.
You can look online to see if your municipality has a webpage - they often list hardness, chlorination etc. If you're reeeeally curious about it. Good luck!
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Oh good grief, Florida has terribly hard, calcium-rich water. You're sitting on limestone, just like us.
You can look online to see if your municipality has a webpage - they often list hardness, chlorination etc. If you're reeeeally curious about it. Good luck!
Originally Posted by IAgirl
yes yes... the water is gross in Florida. I mean, as dry as it is in Colorado, my skin is most definitely drier here after showering. I wanted an easy fix, like a new shower head that would trap the chlorination and such, but it seems that won't soften the water so I wonder how much it would help until I am in a more settled place. Ugh. I did buy some distilled water per your suggestion and will use it to rinse my hair sometimes...
in humidity hell south Florida or high and dry Colorado
CG since 2005
2a, 2b, 3b - fine hair, low density - low/normal porosity
washing: cj curl assurance gentle cleansing, cj daily fix
conditioning: cj smoothing, cj strengthening, giovanni 50/50 balance, darcy's pumpkin seed, kinky curly knot today
styling: homemade fsg, kinky curly curling custard, cj pattern pusha, botanical spirits magic curls puree
pt: cj curl fix, cj repair me
avoid: humectants, polyquats

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