Hard Water Anyone?

I finally figured out that I have been having a lot of buildup from hard water. My hair has kept getting worse and worse - uncontrollable, frizzy and just plain yucky.

Twice now I have used an ACV rinse after my CO wash and my hair is so nice again! It is soft, almost no frizz, curls, shiny, and looks so much better .

I was going to purchase a chelating shampoo - but was having a hard time finding an unscented one. I finally found one - but now I'm wondering if I need it.

So I have a few questions:

1. How often is it safe to use ACV? And how often do I need to use it to keep my hair buildup free? I CO wash my hair once a week, but then I wet it every day and put in a little bit of conditioner as a leave in.

2. Should I use white vinegar instead of ACV since I have a lot of white hair ?

3. Which is less hard on the hair - ACV or chelating agents found in shampoos? I'm just wondering if it would be better to keep my hair buildup free by using the chelating shampoo instead of ACV.

4. If chelating shampoo is better, which chelating agents are best to use.

I'm trying to learn about ingredients, what they do, which ones are good and which are bad. But it is a steep learning curve. So I appreciate any answers you can give me. Thanks.
I finally figured out that I have been having a lot of buildup from hard water. My hair has kept getting worse and worse - uncontrollable, frizzy and just plain yucky.

Twice now I have used an ACV rinse after my CO wash and my hair is so nice again! It is soft, almost no frizz, curls, shiny, and looks so much better .

I was going to purchase a chelating shampoo - but was having a hard time finding an unscented one. I finally found one - but now I'm wondering if I need it.

So I have a few questions:

1. How often is it safe to use ACV? And how often do I need to use it to keep my hair buildup free? I CO wash my hair once a week, but then I wet it every day and put in a little bit of conditioner as a leave in.

2. Should I use white vinegar instead of ACV since I have a lot of white hair ?

3. Which is less hard on the hair - ACV or chelating agents found in shampoos? I'm just wondering if it would be better to keep my hair buildup free by using the chelating shampoo instead of ACV.

4. If chelating shampoo is better, which chelating agents are best to use.

I'm trying to learn about ingredients, what they do, which ones are good and which are bad. But it is a steep learning curve. So I appreciate any answers you can give me. Thanks.
Originally Posted by CraftieKittie
1. ACV is drying, so safe frequency depends on what your hair tolerates. I've seen a stylist recommend no more often than twice a month maximum, but it's possible your hair might tolerate once a week. You'll have to experiment.

2. ACV may be brown, but it shouldn't impart color into your white strands, especially since in an ACV rinse, it's diluted in water. White vinegar is more acidic than ACV, so if you choose to use it, you'll llikely want to decrease the amount of vinegar.

3. Depends on the head of hair. Some people's hair reacts very poorly to the presence of an acidic solution (like ACV), so they'd be better off using a commercial chelating shampoo. Some people's hair reacts poorly to one acid but better to another (may prefer citric acid to ACV). Other people's hair seems to be ok with acidic solutions, so for those people, it comes down to personal preference. Keep in mind also that hair can react well to something in a one time use, but begin to react poorly over continued routine use.

4. EDTA and citric acid are two common, effective chelating agents, but they aren't the only chelating ingredients. Many commercial chelating shampoos will contain multiple chelating ingredients.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Autumn Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 KLS, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, L'Oreal Studio Clean gel, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's as needed
For the hard water in Florida, CJ daily fix cleansing conditioner was a godsend for me!
Both areas that I have lived in thus far have hard water, with the water where I currently live being so bad, till when my family first moved in, we were living off of bottled water for quite an extended period of time. Now, I don't wash my hair in the shower but in my bathroom sink. The water in my bathroom is not filtered, only the water in my kitchen. So, I am aware of the effects that hard water can do to one's hair. Thank God, I have not suffered any major effects thus far. I have been able to find products that truly work for my hair, that I can use basically anytime of the year with no problems. If I happen to come across a product that doesn't work for my hair, i am able to understand that 9 times out of 10 it has to do with a certain ingredient or ingredients used in it, that simply doesn't agree with my hair. I have learned that it is necessary that I clarify my hair every 2 weeks. Before, I had been clarifing my hair once a month, which I feel really wasn't providing long lasting clarifying benefits to both my hair and scalp anyways. To best clarify my hair and scalp, with the shampoo that I bought a slight while back is Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. And, I wil be using this shampoo every two weeks from now on to clarify my hair and scalp with. Plus, I am hoping that with continued use it will work to greatly alleviate my problems with having a very dry, itchy and slightly sore scalp as well. I have had individuals recommend me to me to do ACV rinses to help with such. Unfotunately, I can't deal with the smell of ACV, when used directly from the bottle onto my hair at all. Which is why, i chose to go with this new JBCO Shampoo from Shea Moisture instead, which already has ACV included within it, along with a host of other great natural ingredients for both the hair and scalp, with a scent that I can actually tolerate.
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Last edited by Reservechic; 09-28-2014 at 10:21 AM.
Thank you everyone for your replies.

I didn't mention in my original post - the reason I'm having such a hard time finding a chelating shampoo is because my husband is highly allergic to scents. Everything I use has to be unscented.

I wanted to try the Curl Junkie Cleansing Conditioner, as I do not like to use shampoo on my hair (too dry). However, it has fragrance in it.

Reservechic,I was very interested to see you have trouble with a "very dry, itchy and sore scalp." That is exactly what I have. It is always itchy, but at times it also gets sore. I didn't know anyone else had trouble with this too. I wish I could try the shampoo you use that is helping you - but unfortunately it also has fragrance in it.

I think I will try the ACV rinse for awhile and see if my hair will be okay with it over time. I may try making my own conditioning cleanser when I figure out how to do it.
Both areas that I have lived in thus far have hard water, with the water where I currently live being so bad, till when my family first moved in, we were living off of bottled water for quite an extended period of time. Now, I don't wash my hair in the shower but in my bathroom sink. The water in my bathroom is not filtered, only the water in my kitchen. So, I am aware of the effects that hard water can do to one's hair. Thank God, I have not suffered any major effects thus far. I have been able to find products that truly work for my hair, that I can use basically anytime of the year with no problems. If I happen to come across a product that doesn't work for my hair, i am able to understand that 9 times out of 10 it has to do with a certain ingredient or ingredients used in it, that simply doesn't agree with my hair. I have learned that it is necessary that I clarify my hair every 2 weeks. Before, I had been clarifing my hair once a month, which I feel really wasn't providing long lasting clarifying benefits to both my hair and scalp anyways. To best clarify my hair and scalp, with the shampoo that I bought a slight while back is Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. And, I wil be using this shampoo every two weeks from now on to clarify my hair and scalp with. Plus, I am hoping that with continued use it will work to greatly alleviate my problems with having a very dry, itchy and slightly sore scalp as well. I have had individuals recommend me to me to do ACV rinses to help with such. Unfotunately, I can't deal with the smell of ACV, when used directly from the bottle onto my hair at all. Which is why, i chose to go with this new JBCO Shampoo from Shea Moisture instead, which already has ACV included within it, along with a host of other great natural ingredients for both the hair and scalp, with a scent that I can actually tolerate.
Originally Posted by Reservechic
I hope you didn't pour straight ACV onto your hair as an ACV rinse. It should be well diluted, maybe a tablespoon of ACV per cup of water as a maximum.

@CraftieKittie - If you can find Kiss My Face in your area, their Whenever Conditioner has Cocamidopropyl Betaine (like CJ's Daily Fix), which would help keep your hair clarified. It isn't fragrance free, but doesn't have any artificial fragrance. You might drop by a store and see if you can do a sniff test.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Hiemale (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate *Organic
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Autumn Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 KLS, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, L'Oreal Studio Clean gel, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's as needed
Unfotunately, I can't deal with the smell of ACV, when used directly from the bottle onto my hair at all.
Originally Posted by Reservechic
It used to make me gag. What I did to tolerate it was not only dilute it in a cup of water but also put in a drop or two of a strongly scented essential oil. Tangerine was a fav of mine, and did well at masking the scent. This is O/T, but I've actually worked my way up into ingesting it (!) in yogurt, or, better yet, in a glass of pure purple grape juice (supposedly a good defense against Noro virus). Just don't breathe when you're pouring the ACV out!

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, high porosity
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin
Stylers: SS CEJ, gelatin hair gel, SS FHG
Treatments: teas, henna, hydrogen peroxide
Hair loves protein
Homemake hair products.
What helped me was a water filter for my shower head. You can get them pretty cheap, I got mine for about $20 at The Home Depot.
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
i have hard water here too, though i dont use alot of products in my hair just a bit of a light condish and same oils, sometimes a few drops of gel or mousse. so i wash ever 3 or 4 days, (i work in a hospitle, and cant go too long between washing). about twice a month ill do acv rinse with a herbal mixture, i feel it not only cleans my hair from the hard water, it also adds the goodies from the herbs. yea i agree, you do have to try differant amouts with how much you mix it with water, or it will dry your hair out. i wouldnt do it more then 3 times a month at the most.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
Thank you everyone for your replies.

I didn't mention in my original post - the reason I'm having such a hard time finding a chelating shampoo is because my husband is highly allergic to scents. Everything I use has to be unscented.

I wanted to try the Curl Junkie Cleansing Conditioner, as I do not like to use shampoo on my hair (too dry). However, it has fragrance in it.

Reservechic,I was very interested to see you have trouble with a "very dry, itchy and sore scalp." That is exactly what I have. It is always itchy, but at times it also gets sore. I didn't know anyone else had trouble with this too. I wish I could try the shampoo you use that is helping you - but unfortunately it also has fragrance in it.

I think I will try the ACV rinse for awhile and see if my hair will be okay with it over time. I may try making my own conditioning cleanser when I figure out how to do it.
Originally Posted by CraftieKittie
Within the SM Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo it does list fragrance (essential oil blend). As, the product does not contain a synthetic fragrance or parfum within it. I suffer with really bad allergies all year round, which I am currently taking medication for. Plus, I have super sensitive skin. Whenever it comes to trying any new product, I am very cautious. I can honestly say that thus far, I have had no problems with this shampoo or its smell at all.
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter
Both areas that I have lived in thus far have hard water, with the water where I currently live being so bad, till when my family first moved in, we were living off of bottled water for quite an extended period of time. Now, I don't wash my hair in the shower but in my bathroom sink. The water in my bathroom is not filtered, only the water in my kitchen. So, I am aware of the effects that hard water can do to one's hair. Thank God, I have not suffered any major effects thus far. I have been able to find products that truly work for my hair, that I can use basically anytime of the year with no problems. If I happen to come across a product that doesn't work for my hair, i am able to understand that 9 times out of 10 it has to do with a certain ingredient or ingredients used in it, that simply doesn't agree with my hair. I have learned that it is necessary that I clarify my hair every 2 weeks. Before, I had been clarifing my hair once a month, which I feel really wasn't providing long lasting clarifying benefits to both my hair and scalp anyways. To best clarify my hair and scalp, with the shampoo that I bought a slight while back is Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. And, I wil be using this shampoo every two weeks from now on to clarify my hair and scalp with. Plus, I am hoping that with continued use it will work to greatly alleviate my problems with having a very dry, itchy and slightly sore scalp as well. I have had individuals recommend me to me to do ACV rinses to help with such. Unfotunately, I can't deal with the smell of ACV, when used directly from the bottle onto my hair at all. Which is why, i chose to go with this new JBCO Shampoo from Shea Moisture instead, which already has ACV included within it, along with a host of other great natural ingredients for both the hair and scalp, with a scent that I can actually tolerate.
Originally Posted by Reservechic
I hope you didn't pour straight ACV onto your hair as an ACV rinse. It should be well diluted, maybe a tablespoon of ACV per cup of water as a maximum.

@CraftieKittie - If you can find Kiss My Face in your area, their Whenever Conditioner has Cocamidopropyl Betaine (like CJ's Daily Fix), which would help keep your hair clarified. It isn't fragrance free, but doesn't have any artificial fragrance. You might drop by a store and see if you can do a sniff test.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Hiemale (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate *Organic
Originally Posted by Geek_Chic
I have purchased a bottle of ACV before, but I could not get past the smell. Which is why, even though ACV rinses have been recommended to me to do by a number of individuals, I simply couldn't endure the smell of it, which occurred everytime I'd take the cap off. Which is why, I was glad when SM came up with their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo, which is actually a clarifying shampoo that contains ACV within it that I can use, that doesn't leave my hair feeling dried out at all, even though it does a very thorough job of getting both my hair and scalp absolutely clean. And, thus far, this shampoo does appear to be making a difference, when so many other things hadn't.
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Last edited by Reservechic; 10-02-2014 at 03:57 PM.
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and was just thinking about opening a discussion topic like this. I'm Venezuelan and just moved to Denmark 5 months ago. I have type 3A hair and shortly after i moved i started struggling with a lot of build up on my scalp, really dry hair specially on the top layers, it has gotten more difficult to detangle... I'm getting this big nasty knots and even single hairs get tiny little knots on their own, but the problem that worries me the most is the hairloss.... You would not believe the amount of hair that I loose in the shower and after. I spend all day picking up hairs from my clothes, floor, etc. I have lost a lot of volume.

When the problem started I began researching and came accross the effects of SLS and changed to a natural shampoo. It didn't make much change. I started to visit a hair doctor who sent me this other natural shampoo and some extract and told me to wash my hair everyday! Torture! I used to wash it twice a week before.... and it takes a couple of hours to dry... so imagine doing that everyday.

The problem didn't get any better. Talking to other venezuelans the hard water topic came up. Apparently the water here in Denmark is extremely hard, and a lot of venezuelans here have had the same problem. Also extreme dryness on the skin. I started researching and I felt so related to the symptoms that I was reading.

At this point I was so used to wash my hair everyday. It was the only thing that would make me feel like I had a clean scalp at least for a couple of hours
I came accross the vinegar rinse. I tried it out. Didn't feel much difference in the first wash. I decided to gradually go back to washing my hair twice a week. I figured that the vinegar thing wasnt probably smart to use everyday. I took a second vinegar rinse two days after and started feeling more difference, even though I still had some buildup on some areas.

During these days my husband found online a water softener to install in the shower. It's called BWT Quick and Clean. It arrived home very fast and we installed it.

Today, after 3 days of my second vinegar rinse I washed my hair with the new water softener and rinsed with vinegar (3rd time). The hair it's still a little wet so it's too soon to tell if the new shower worked but I'm hoping for the best.

I will keep you updated and hope that my experience helps people with the same problem. I would also appretiate comments and tips. I've read about clarifying shampoos but never used them before. What's your experience with that? Also if anyone has tried the vinegar method, how did it go for you? Did it work? And if it did how many rinses did it take to heal the scalp?

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and was just thinking about opening a discussion topic like this. I'm Venezuelan and just moved to Denmark 5 months ago. I have type 3A hair and shortly after i moved i started struggling with a lot of build up on my scalp, really dry hair specially on the top layers, it has gotten more difficult to detangle... I'm getting this big nasty knots and even single hairs get tiny little knots on their own, but the problem that worries me the most is the hairloss.... You would not believe the amount of hair that I loose in the shower and after. I spend all day picking up hairs from my clothes, floor, etc. I have lost a lot of volume.

When the problem started I began researching and came accross the effects of SLS and changed to a natural shampoo. It didn't make much change. I started to visit a hair doctor who sent me this other natural shampoo and some extract and told me to wash my hair everyday! Torture! I used to wash it twice a week before.... and it takes a couple of hours to dry... so imagine doing that everyday.

The problem didn't get any better. Talking to other venezuelans the hard water topic came up. Apparently the water here in Denmark is extremely hard, and a lot of venezuelans here have had the same problem. Also extreme dryness on the skin. I started researching and I felt so related to the symptoms that I was reading.

At this point I was so used to wash my hair everyday. It was the only thing that would make me feel like I had a clean scalp at least for a couple of hours
I came accross the vinegar rinse. I tried it out. Didn't feel much difference in the first wash. I decided to gradually go back to washing my hair twice a week. I figured that the vinegar thing wasnt probably smart to use everyday. I took a second vinegar rinse two days after and started feeling more difference, even though I still had some buildup on some areas.

During these days my husband found online a water softener to install in the shower. It's called BWT Quick and Clean. It arrived home very fast and we installed it.

Today, after 3 days of my second vinegar rinse I washed my hair with the new water softener and rinsed with vinegar (3rd time). The hair it's still a little wet so it's too soon to tell if the new shower worked but I'm hoping for the best.

I will keep you updated and hope that my experience helps people with the same problem. I would also appretiate comments and tips. I've read about clarifying shampoos but never used them before. What's your experience with that? Also if anyone has tried the vinegar method, how did it go for you? Did it work? And if it did how many rinses did it take to heal the scalp?

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Originally Posted by CurlyLysa
Thanks for sharing your story. I moved a bit over a year and half ago to another town nearby from where I had been previously living. At the place where I had previously been living, they had hard water. However, the place where I live now has extremelh hard water. I know that there are alot of individuals that prefer to wash their hair in the shower, but I have always preferred to wash my hair at my bathroom sink. I was diagnosed by a dermatologist, when I was going to one, as having seborrheic dermatitis, plus I have very sensitive skin too. Right now, I am currently using only all natural products on my hair and scalp. I only wash my hair once a week, due to it being naturally dry, plus I suffer with recurring ear infections and sinus infections, which I take medication for, which is why, I could never get away with washing my hair daily. However, I did experiment with washing my hair daily, when I was using the Devacurl products, and neither worked well for my hair at all. I also have been suffering for years with a very dry, itchy, and slightly sore scalp as well. I regularly wash my hair with a sulfate free shampoo(Shea Moisture's Curl n Shine Shampoo, and I follow this up with conditioner (Shea Moisture's Curl n Shine Conditioner). I then sit under the steamer for 15-30 minutes. To help deal with the extreme hard water and my scalp issues mentioned, I use a sulfate free clarifying shampoo that does have ACV included within it (Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo) to clarify my hair and scalp with every 2 weeks. I also do pre-poo treatments with either pure Coconut Oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil on a weekly basis.On wash days, I will apply either oil to both my hair and scalp and then do a light massage thereafter. I will keep the oil in for 1 hour or sometimes even longer. And, yes, using oil on my scalp does help with both soothing and moisturizing it. The oil also help aid with leaving my naturally dry locks better moisturized as well. And, yes, I have begun to notice progress with my scalp getting better after having started this new regimen.
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Last edited by Reservechic; 10-03-2014 at 08:17 AM.
What helped me was a water filter for my shower head. You can get them pretty cheap, I got mine for about $20 at The Home Depot.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
This sounds like the most hassle-free solution so far. I have hard water and I'm sick of constantly having to use vinegar or SLS shampoos. Thanks for the info! I'm going to Home Depot today.
2b//high porosity//fine texture//medium density//low elasticity//loves protein
Lo-poo: SMMR, SMC&S
Clarifying: VO5 shampoos
Co-wash: VO5 conditioners
RO: VO5 conditioners
Styling: AIF, FSG, gelatin gel
PT: IAGirl's gelatin treatment
I bought one that seems to be working so far. It's called BWT Quick and Clean. It's really easy to install on the shower. I use the normal water for the body and when it's time to do my hair I turn this baby on and soft water comes out

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Last edited by CurlyLysa; 10-05-2014 at 12:47 AM.
What helped me was a water filter for my shower head. You can get them pretty cheap, I got mine for about $20 at The Home Depot.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
This sounds like the most hassle-free solution so far. I have hard water and I'm sick of constantly having to use vinegar or SLS shampoos. Thanks for the info! I'm going to Home Depot today.
Originally Posted by virginblue
After much thought, I have come to feel the same way. I decided to invest in a water filter, which I feel is best too. As, I feel that this is something that I should have done a long time ago, after learning how extremely hard the water is where I moved to.
3B natural hair

Currently Using All Natural Products:

Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Conditioner ( I do use it with steam to DC with)
100% Pure Marula Oil (from Sally's Marula Collection)
Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

Last edited by Reservechic; 10-07-2014 at 12:43 PM.

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