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Old 09-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
 
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I've been using the same products through the entire summer and when I'm home (soft water) my hair is lovely! It's bouncy and fun and never gives me any trouble but when I got back to school and started showering (I've been here for going on 3 weeks) my hair is lifeless and stringy and impossible to manage (hard water at school) also my scalp is itchy which was the problem I was having way back in April but I got home showered a few times and no more itch or anything! What can I do about this? Should I change products? Currently using Shea moisture yuca and baobab shampoo, suave coconut conditioner, and volumax gel from Sally's. I had to stop using my leave in because it was making my hair super greasy at school. But I've been using that combo of products since April, which makes me think it's not those products giving me the problems. Help? I'm really frustrated and just want to give up
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
 
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You could buy a water filter for your shower.

Or you could buy bottled water, and wash your hair in a bucket or something. But that's quite troublesome.

Orrr, buy a water filter for the tap and wash your hair in the sink.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
 
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I have extremely hard water (Chicago area) and absolutely cannot use Shea Moisture products, they sit on my hair. I put in a shower filter, and still can't use them. I looked at the shampoo's ingredients and that would explain why. You may have to use coco betaine cleanser once or twice a week to get the buildup out. I'd recommend clarifying and trying a different cleanser from there.

When I went CG before, I wondered why it wasn't working. I only tried the SM shampoo, and co-washed the rest of the time. Purchased the DevaCurl No Poo and my hair all of a sudden had some life to it. Then I figured out I needed a mild surfactant to get the gunk out. One of my Aha hard water moments.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
 
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Are you sure maybe you hair liked deva cause of protein maybe? Try acv rinses and shampoo bars. I think you might like that. Maybe try as I am coconut cowash. I love that stuff and I have hard water.

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Are you sure maybe you hair liked deva cause of protein maybe? Try acv rinses and shampoo bars. I think you might like that. Maybe try as I am coconut cowash. I love that stuff and I have hard water.

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I can't use the Deva products that have the protein, as I am gluten sensitive all around. It's most definitely the hard water and the type of cleanser. I didn't have any luck with shampoo bars either - way too much build up. Even did the ACV after, which helped but still didn't work.
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Final rinse in bottled water OR chelating shampoo (ION Swimmers/ Malibu C sachets) OR dilute solution of vinegar/ citric acid. Hard water reduces the efficacy of surfactants, you may do well to eliminate any ingredients you use that can build up - shea butter is a prime suspect.
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Can someone please explain to me the difference between hard and soft water? And which one I should use and how? Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
 
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Malibu C also makes a shampoo and conditioner specifically for hard water. It does not contain sulfates, tho the condition does have a cone. I also have Malibu Cs Undo the Goo shampoo which is sulfate free and use that occasionally. About once each week I alternate between the Malibu C hard water shampoo and then the next week I use the Undo The Goo. When I run out of one I will just stick with the Hard Water shampoo and use it a couple times a month.
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Malibu C also makes a shampoo and conditioner specifically for hard water. It does not contain sulfates, tho the condition does have a cone. I also have Malibu Cs Undo the Goo shampoo which is sulfate free and use that occasionally. About once each week I alternate between the Malibu C hard water shampoo and then the next week I use the Undo The Goo. When I run out of one I will just stick with the Hard Water shampoo and use it a couple times a month.
I'm definitely going to look into Malibu C because since I'm in an on campus apartment in college I can't install a water filter this just sucks cuz my hair was pretty happy last year when I started CG at school besides the itchiness. Then it got even better at home and now it's super unhappy ugh
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:26 AM   #10
 
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A final rinse of 1/4 teaspoon citric acid in a gallon of water really helped my hair. I used it every wash for about three years, but now only maybe every 3-4 washes and it seems to work pretty well that way (with CG I use the rinse before leave in). I have hard well water with iron.
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