Miracle Water (Hard Water Solution) cross-posted

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 this state. I finally went to a salon to help style my hair and after feeling my hair they told me it was breaking and felt like straw. 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 09:37 AM.
Hello Paraty,

That's exciting that you found a solution for hard water. I too, live in the same city and have experienced the same water hardships. I was wondering, in your research, if you have found a co-wash (DIY co-wash or a combo) that is just as effective as the shampoo you are using in your routine. My curls are in the 3b/c range which means the curls are tighter. Shampoo would really dry it out. Thus the reason for inquiring about a co-wash instead of a shampoo.

My research on chelating conditioners, so far has not yielded many results/products & my search continues. Have you any found conditioners that will remove chlorine from hair without stripping the natural oils from one's hair ?
Hi! I posted a related thread yesterday and got a couple product recs that may interest you (and others)!

http://m.naturallycurly.com/curltalk...d.php?t=158087
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Hello Paraty,

That's exciting that you found a solution for hard water. I too, live in the same city and have experienced the same water hardships. I was wondering, in your research, if you have found a co-wash (DIY co-wash or a combo) that is just as effective as the shampoo you are using in your routine. My curls are in the 3b/c range which means the curls are tighter. Shampoo would really dry it out. Thus the reason for inquiring about a co-wash instead of a shampoo.

My research on chelating conditioners, so far has not yielded many results/products & my search continues. Have you any found conditioners that will remove chlorine from hair without stripping the natural oils from one's hair ?
Originally Posted by CurlPlay
Hi CurlPlay,

I generally use cleansing conditioners in my routine because shampoos are drying for me too (I only used the chelating shampoos this one time to remove months of chlorine buildup). I use the CJ Daily Fix which claims to be chelating. I have been using it for three years and while it removed buildup when I lived in a soft water city, it did not help my hair in Chicago. I plan to keep using the CJ together with the miracle water to maintain clean hair, but I think you would need something stronger to remove the initial hard water buildup. The Aubrey Swimmer's shampoo wasn't very drying if that helps.
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BC Sep. 2007
I also have been doing research on how to remove hard water from hair for several months. I have been experimenting with the citric acid rinse with little results. They seemed to do nothing more for my hair then my CJ gentle cleanser. With these results I did more research and found some sites that claim the citric acid slowly eats away the mineral buildup. It is not strong enough to remove months to years of buildup, but it can help keep the hair "clean" from future buildup issues.
2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews

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