soft water vs. hard water

Jerseycurl:

I used to live in Dover, DE where the water was really hard and once we lived with my m-i-l for a while and her house had a sodium water softener which I didn't like, couldn't drink the water either, tasted salty so I bought bottled. I moved here 10 years ago and I suppose by comparison it has never seemed to me that the water here is hard BUT I'm one of those that can't use Suave COs on a regular basis because their ingredients bind with the minerals in our water and cause build up pretty soon. However, other than that I have done very, very well on CG which doesn't seem to work well at all for those who have truly hard water.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
Oh, ok that makes sense. See prior to moving to Florida I had never lived in a place with such crappy water. For me I can do CG here in this part of Florida but not for very long without buildup and my hair when I rinse it in the water down here becomes a rat's nest. I need not only lots more poo but globs and globs of condish to detangle. I started CG when I lived in Virginia and never experienced this and we didn't have a softener then because we didn't need it. Oh and very true about the sodium water softeners. We don't drink the water either. Hubby, Me and our Cats drink bottled water. We are still experimenting with the potassium which is supposed to be better.
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I had the same experience. CG worked for me when I was in New York City, but it stopped working when I moved to York. I saw some photos of myself when I was outdoors and I looked absolutely hideous - my hair was greasy and stringly and plastered to my face; I looked 10-20 years older and like I hadn't been near a shower in ages. I gave up CG from that moment. I now focus on keeping my hair clean and healthy looking, and don't focus on on how wavy or straight it is.
"Normal water doesn't cause any problems and it's preferable to sodium softened water because you can't ever seem to rinse products off well enough with it. " - HalfWavyHalfCurly

Agree with this, too! While living in New Mexico, sometimes my husband and I would house-sit for folks that had the sodium-softened water(on account of the very hard water that we had in our village than in some areas was undrinkable), and yes, I did notice that it seemed to take alot longer to rinse products off. Here in San Francisco it's a happy medium with water that is on the soft side of normal, at least on this side of town! From New Mexico living I know all about the scale build-up on faucets and fixtures, and the white residue from boiling water in a saucepan!
It still seems to me there is a considerable difference between the water you have in Clearwater and ours here in W. Palm Beach because I've never had any problems rinsing my hair (much less a "rats nest" problem ). Only at the beginning of CG (when my hair was moderately damaged) one day I couldn't detangle my hair while using I think Suave Coconut and when I added more it just made things worse, so I had to "cut" the gummy mess with lemon juice. But as soon as I switched to a better CO everything went great, so much so that I didn't need to use a gel during my first year on CG (and that because I had my hair bleached and it got damaged again) and my (color-treated) hair was always shiny and totally frizz-free, something that would not have happened if my water was hard.
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It still seems to me there is a considerable difference between the water you have in Clearwater and ours here in W. Palm Beach because I've never had any problems rinsing my hair (much less a "rats nest" problem ). Only at the beginning of CG (when my hair was moderately damaged) one day I couldn't detangle my hair while using I think Suave Coconut and when I added more it just made things worse, so I had to "cut" the gummy mess with lemon juice. But as soon as I switched to a better CO everything went great, so much so that I didn't need to use a gel during my first year on CG (and that because I had my hair bleached and it got damaged again) and my (color-treated) hair was always shiny and totally frizz-free, something that would not have happened if my water was hard.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
Believe me it is not pretty. According to our local Water company, our hardness level is 12-14 gpg, which is super hard. 1-3 is considered slightly hard (which is not great but it is okay) and anything over 10 is off the charts. I am not sure what the hardness level is where you live but you could find out from calling your Water company and they can give you the hardness level.
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