Moving to a town with hard water! >:C

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I'm moving there on Sunday/Monday, to stay until end of September. :/ I have never kept my hair curly while dealing with hard water, so I would appreciate any suggestions from you girls&guys! The water there is seriously awful, it's WHITE when it comes down and it takes it a good fifteen seconds for the deposit to settle and make it seem transparent. People don't even drink it.

My current routine is: mostly cowash, clarify with a low-poo or diluted sulfate shampoo when I see I need it, which is around once a month. Gelatin PT every couple of weeks at the most, even weekly. I don't DT much at all, especially not after a PT, but in general, I never need it.

To cowash I use a Garnier Fructis conditioner which claims to be specific for hard water. I don't have hard water here, it's sort of midway, softer than harder, but I like how it cleans my hair. It supposedly has an "active ingredient to get rid of residues from hard water". I wonder if it will work there? ETA: I think the conditioner is called Pure Clean in English?

As a leave-in I always use Gliss Ultimate Volume, I love it. I scrunch it in, then FSG, then a curl boosting jelly on top of that. Sometimes argan oil after the LI, sometimes not.

To refresh in the mornings, soak the ends while scrunching, then LI and FSG.

Hair is medium-to-fine, medium density, 2c/3a. Porosity increasing from low to high on the ends. I should have chopped off all the BIG damage though, last time I bleached my hair was February 2013 and my hair is an inch below shoulder length.

Thanks to anyone who could get to the end of this post and survive! <3 I really don't want my hair to be ruined by the hard water...
A 2C, hopefully something more as my hair gets redefined. Lots of chemical/heat damage to get rid of! Currently at shoulder length, aiming for mid-back.

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The only difference I find from soft to hard water is - my hair tends to be more dry with hard water, and it seems I need to low poo more than I cowash. I do have a shower filter that filters out chlorine, and that helps. I always wondered why I couldn't cowash, but I could use DevaCurl No Poo wonderfully. I didn't know the No Poo had coco betaine in it at the time that I was actually using it.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo

Last edited by sixelamy; 03-11-2014 at 01:11 PM.
I never used to know the difference of hard/soft water but when I went outside the states I felt the change. Not sure what my hair like more though. Im guessing soft. Is there a way to change your water from hard to soft? like maybe boiling it to a certain temp or adding some type of mineral?
Not boiling it, unless you have a condensation tube I guess. If you evaporated all the water in your pan you'd have only the solid residue left in it and the vapour would be clean but unless you can trap the vapour to recondense it, yeah. XD

I could get a filter but the flat is my employer's so I don't want to make changes to things...

Mine should prefer soft too. And my curls, the less I poo the merrier they are so hopefully I don't need to switch to low poos too much!

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A 2C, hopefully something more as my hair gets redefined. Lots of chemical/heat damage to get rid of! Currently at shoulder length, aiming for mid-back.

(Any HtBlack you find anywhere on the internet is most likely always moi! :3)
And sixelamy lol my hair is dry with the soft one already. :'( I know what you mean though! I'll try cowashing more when I get there. How much more often did you need to clarify?

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(Any HtBlack you find anywhere on the internet is most likely always moi! :3)
Not boiling it, unless you have a condensation tube I guess. If you evaporated all the water in your pan you'd have only the solid residue left in it and the vapour would be clean but unless you can trap the vapour to recondense it, yeah. XD

I could get a filter but the flat is my employer's so I don't want to make changes to things...

Mine should prefer soft too. And my curls, the less I poo the merrier they are so hopefully I don't need to switch to low poos too much!

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Originally Posted by HtBlack
You can easily add a shower filter & remove it when u leave. Or u can ask the owner or maintenance person to do it fur u. It takes two minutes. Here they sell them for around $20.

The water out here is very hard (compared to where I'm from). Adding a shea butter product really counteracts it...SheaMoisture leave in, eg)

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3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

Not boiling it, unless you have a condensation tube I guess. If you evaporated all the water in your pan you'd have only the solid residue left in it and the vapour would be clean but unless you can trap the vapour to recondense it, yeah. XD

I could get a filter but the flat is my employer's so I don't want to make changes to things...
Originally Posted by HtBlack
If you explained you had skin issues I'm sure your employer wouldn't mind you making the modifications as long as when you leave you put the shower back to the way it was when you arrived.

Depending on the type of shower you have changing the shower head can be extremely easy.

I've stayed in apartments where a company (a client company) had to vouch for me and made small changes in equipment.

BTW you want a chelating shampoo not a clarifying shampoo if you have issues with the minerals in any water supply.
There is a huge differrence for me bw hard and soft water. I have to have different products. My hair hated Repair Me in hard water, as well as CJ Gentle Cleansing poo, both things which I LOVE in soft water. My hair has less curl in hard water. I think I can use heavier products in hard water as well.
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

iherb discount code: CFN646
Ugh, I hope I don't lose curl! And thst I can keep using my products, they're working so well for me... :/ yes, all of you are right, I'm sure I can ask for a water filter or at least ask to put it myself. When I arrive there I will check the showerhead and see what I can do!

Very true Blueblood! I said a silly thing. Chelating, chelating. Now for the question: how high up in the list must be the chelating ingredient in order for it to be effective against buildup? I would expect first six to eight... >.> but I'm not too sure.

@spiderlashes5000 shea butter eh? I've never used it before. I bought some from aromazone when I got some basic ingredients for gels/curl cream but still not convinced to try, I want to find a simple formula I can add it to. I will definitely look into it and add it to my routine and see what happens.

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A 2C, hopefully something more as my hair gets redefined. Lots of chemical/heat damage to get rid of! Currently at shoulder length, aiming for mid-back.

(Any HtBlack you find anywhere on the internet is most likely always moi! :3)
You can purchase a water filter like this:
Shower Head Water Filters for Bath by Aquasana[adl]_generic_-_filters_-_shower_-_no_contaminant_[non-brand]_[us]_[search]_[computers]_-_(exact)&utm_content=Aquasana&kwid=34d7a5f3161a40c 2ba76de756d210189e

I purchased it and liked it. I don't use it anymore is because we only have 1 bath and my family was causing me to go thru filters fast so it wasn't cheap.

I would suggest a chelate shampoo like Ion from Sally's. Just make sure that whatever shampoo you use has ETA, that is what is needed to remove the minerals on your hair. I would try once a month and if you need more than increase the times you shampoo.

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
I live in Europe so we don't have Sally here! And I know it has to contain EDTA or the like, I was just wondering about the concentration. (: I have a few shampoos with it in but it's down the end of the list so I was wondering...

I'll look that filter up! Thanks a lot. (:

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A 2C, hopefully something more as my hair gets redefined. Lots of chemical/heat damage to get rid of! Currently at shoulder length, aiming for mid-back.

(Any HtBlack you find anywhere on the internet is most likely always moi! :3)
I just use a Sprite universal shower filter. I rent, and had no trouble popping it in. You just take off the shower head, screw the filter in, then screw the shower head back on the filter. Easy as pie! Well, maybe not so easy, you might need a wrench and a sexy man to do it.

I think the shea butter things depends on your hair... it made my hair an absolutely mess after repeated use. If I cowash or use a product like SM, I need to clarify every 2 washes or so.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
That sounds awesome. I'd love to have something I can just screw in and out when I'll be gone. I also happen to have a sexy husband!

Hmm, I see. My hair seems to absorb everything so a try is in place. I definitely know the gunky feeling of product-y hair so I'll look out for it! Thanks for informing me. (:

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A 2C, hopefully something more as my hair gets redefined. Lots of chemical/heat damage to get rid of! Currently at shoulder length, aiming for mid-back.

(Any HtBlack you find anywhere on the internet is most likely always moi! :3)

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