Since I've moved I've noticed a difference in my hair and its response to water. My hair just doesn't quite have the same feel when I'm washing/co-washing it. Even a simple rinse leads to rough-feeling hair and I don't like it! My guess is that I'm dealing with a harder water than before which has lead to the subject of this post.
According to the Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft Co. , the characteristics of your water can determine how well (or poorly) your shampoo and conditioning routine works. Also, house water that is chlorinated, mineralized or fluoridated can also have an effect on your hair. Many incorrectly believe that only “well water” is hard water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it is estimated that more than 85% of the water used by consumers in the US can be classified at some level of “hard” water.
- Oil treatments
- Adding a tsp or two of baking soda to shampoo or conditioner
- Using a clarifying shampoo is another great way to strip off built up product as well as some minerals from the hair.
- Another remedy is to use an apple cider vinegar and water mixture as your final rinse. You can fill a spray bottle with it, but this takes a long time to saturate the hair. Better idea might be to mix up a gallon of the concoction and use it in the sink by soaking your hair in it.
- Put a shower filter on your shower head
Sprite brand shower filter ($40-$55) which is my choice. I’m eager to get it so that I can share with you my results.