Good shower filter?

I used to use the Paragon Shower Filter by Home Depot but was wondering what other curlies that struggle with hard water issues are using for a shower filter, thanks!

Home Depot online also carries Sprite and GE brands. Anyone use either of those?
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
I use the ewater filter http://ewater.com/index.php?option=com_tuulshop&page=shop.browse&cat egory_id=12&Itemid=1 .

I don't know that it has much effect on my hard water, but it filters out some of the chemicals like flouride and chlorine. They say to change the filter in 12-15 months.
3b spirals, fine texture, normal porosity, dense
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Last edited by mpgirl; 12-04-2008 at 12:27 PM.
We use this one:

Aquasana

They recommend you change the filter every 6 months.. but we go longer..9 months or so.. it's just the two of us using it.

3a/3b

Latest routine:
Sauve Coconut CO
Or
Trader Joe's Nourish
Giovanni 50/50
Giovanni Direct Leave In
JoicoWhip
Newest Fav: Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme
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Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:19 PM.
I remember trying the Aquasana in the past and used it for a wk or more and sent it back cuz it didn't work. That waterstick sounds nice but I read the instructions for regenerating it and it sounds like a pain in the neck. But does it make the water softer or just give average hard water? Maybe I read it wrong.

Anyway, Home Depot.com is backordered on the Paragon Shower Filter Replacement so I decided to check out Lowe's website and noticed they had GE and Sprite filters so I decided to go there and take a look and they only carried the Sprite filters so I got that. It is built right in the shower head. With the shower head it was $31 and w/out the shower head it was $20. If it isn't any good in a wk or so then I will look into something else.

So has anyone used the Sprite filters?
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:19 PM.
It sounds great. How many inches long is the unit? And is that the unit you have that shows on the link you posted?
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:17 PM.
You don't have to take a pic. I think I have the idea from the pic on the site. So how do you know when you have to add the salt? I noticed it mentioned that for 2 people 2 wks recharging would be around the time bracket and where I am just one person would I go a month? The part that confused me is where it says to take the 2 cups of salt and one half gallon of water and put in a bottle and mark where the salt is, so you add that solution to the softener unit and not just salt alone?
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:17 PM.
Well it definitely sounds like something I am interested in. The water at my old address which is the same city as I am in now I struggled for YRS with the water just using the Ouidad WW Poo and Paragon Shower Filter and believe me they only helped my hair a little bit but they were certainly better than nothing. My last apt before this one had soft water but it was still city water and was just soft that way not by a water softener or anything like that.

I asked the maintenance here at the apt and they did say I could put a shower filter on but I didn't ask about a shower filter softener but I can ask and I am sure it would be okay to use it here. Plus it is something that will be able to be taken with me whereever I go.

Is your hair fine textured? I have coarse wiry hair that already has it's own problems in itself nevermind having to deal with hard water on top of that UGH!
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal

Last edited by GettinControl; 12-05-2008 at 10:05 AM.
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:16 PM.
Colored hair from what I have read becomes porous hair and hard water can definitely mess the hair up and especially if there is iron in it. I read iron damage has to grow out and be cut off that nothing really removes it once the damage is there. I have six inches of virgin hair and six inches of demi permanent colored hair from last Dec along w/ a few inches left of Rusk Anticurl that will be gone in the next few haircuts and that part of my hair hates the hard water and when I had the total anticurl it hated the hard water and when I used to get hi-lights many yrs ago the hard water ruined my hair.

I remember a hairdresser telling me that when fine hair gets damaged it still has movement and doesn't get brillopad like and she said coarse hair is altogether different and that is how it gets brillopad and hard and no movement. UGH!
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-12-2009 at 12:14 PM.
I think when she cut my hair one time cuz my other hairdresser was out we were talking about coarse hair when it gets damaged and that it will not have movement and gets brillo like and she really didn't specify which type of fine hair such as wavy or curly she just mentioned that fine hair when damaged or overprocessed will still have movement and not be hard and brillo I guess as coarse hair gets. She of course did mention that fine straight hair being completely different than fine wavy or curly hair. She mentioned that the fine straight haired can do lots of coloring and they have such a tight cuticle that they get very little damage if any at all. She has fine, very loose curly hair more like some waves I guess and she mentioned her hair being able to take a few hilighting processes but that it can't handle it repetitively, she learned and she had to cut alot off. Also, she mentioned the Rusk Anticurl(I have had it done several times) just broke her hair off and while one time I did get some breakage my hair just got more brilloy.

Nice to hear you like the waterstick. I'll let you know if I order it.
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Koukla72,

I decided to go ahead and order that and it should be coming in the next few days. Where you are a renter, did you have to get permission to use this in your apartment?
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
I ordered the one Koukla72's recommended too and mine is arriving today. Yay, and thank you!!! Quick question, Koukla72, did you need to use the superglue as directed? I have an aversion to permanence.
CG since 2002
True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy.

-co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo
-condition w/KCKT or AOHR
-i never use a leave in
-style with a drop of Pink Boots, followed by a modest amount of KCCC, topped with a small dollop of Devacurl Angell
-plop and diffuse
**likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
Oh, I just checked and mine is also coming today, yayy! I am so excited. I've noticed alot of white powdery stuff on the bathroom sink and on the faucets and also small pellets that are from the iron in the water coming out of the shower faucet. I have tried hard water poos, acv rinses, and distilled and nothing is working and none of my products have been working either so I am really hoping this helps me out.
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal
Lunacurl, I'm going off topic but I noticed you have medium/coarse hair. I have some medium but my hair is mostly coarse and I was wondering what products you like for your hair, thanks!
3a/b medium/coarse but mostly moderately coarse, dense, strong strands
Komaza analysis current: medium to thick/ strands(mostly coarse), very strong elasticity, low porosity(some is), healthy strong hair
Goosefootprints: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends.
LCLF:medium,normal,normal

Last edited by GettinControl; 12-11-2008 at 09:41 AM.
Lunacurl, I'm going off topic but I noticed you have medium/coarse hair. I have some medium but my hair is mostly coarse and I was wondering what products you like for your hair, thanks!
Originally Posted by GettinControl
Congrats on your filter coming today! We'll have to compare notes.

As far as my hair, I have done a lot of experimenting as of late and it has finally paid off. I used to live on the Southeast and Northeast coast, but since having moved to dry Colorado it has been a real challenge. I am basically doing the exact things that did not work for me back East.

So here is my current successful routine:

I co-wash with no-poo maybe once a week. I don't always co-wash when I wash my hair. As a conditioner I use AOHR, KCKT, or KBB Milk that I partially rinse out with cool water. I no longer use a leave in. Then I smooth and scrunch in a tiny bit of Boots CC, lightly smooth and scrunch in a modest amount of KCCC, then lightly smooth and scrunch a small amount of Angell. I then plop for 40 minutes, then pixie curl diffuse.

I never used to be able to plop or diffuse, but in my current climate it works and encourages my curl. And I have found that diffusing allows me to have 2nd and 3rd day hair! I have also learned that less is more for me. I used to use a larger quantity of product when back East and thought that my hair needed it because it was so dry, porous, and course, but in this climate it is the exact opposite. Heavier product application weighs my hair down here.

So it was definitely a lot of trial and error. Oh, I am also now more diligent about weekly DT's with protein DT's every few weeks. I hope this helps.
CG since 2002
True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy.

-co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo
-condition w/KCKT or AOHR
-i never use a leave in
-style with a drop of Pink Boots, followed by a modest amount of KCCC, topped with a small dollop of Devacurl Angell
-plop and diffuse
**likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**

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