My hair doesn't seem to care either, or maybe likes the hard water better? I do shampoo though. My kids also say that whenever they go somewhere with soft water they feel slimy when they shower? I've had the same feeling, like instead of rinsing cleaner the soft water just wasn't rinsing everything....
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
Funny thing about that. The "squeaky clean" feeling you get when you shower with hard water is actually from the hard water preventing all the soap from rinsing off your skin. The "slimy" feeling from showering in soft water is the actual feel of your hair and skin when wet after all of the soap is rinsed out.

I have a really hard time when I go on vacation and have to shower somewhere with hard water. My skin gets really dry from the residue left on it and it will crack and peel. My scalp is affected the same way and will itch and sting and scab. It also makes my hair really dry and brittle and tangle-y.
Originally Posted by Nallia
If I lived in the olden days, and had to wash with soap, I would be crying for sure. I have experienced the feeling of soap and hard water and do not care to feel that again. But no, I am not a slimy person walking around under a thick crust of soap scum, because:

We Do Not Use Soap in my household. Because yes, it does not rinse away in hard water. No natural soaps of any kind. Detergents do fine in hard water. We use body washes but never anything with actual soap. I banned soap twenty years ago. I don't know why they even sell it in Florida, it does not work here.

I just think of hard water as mineralized water, and soft water as plain water, and softened water as slimy. As long as we use the right products I think it's fine. I grew my hair way past my butt undamaged, if hard water was damaging it I think it would have showed up on the very old hair.

And we aren't walking around peeling and stinging and scabbing, I'd notice that!
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)