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Newbie with a question!


Well-Known Member
Hi! I'm new to the site, but I have been lurking for a few months. :) The ladies in this forum are very knowlegable about hair care and I have learned so much. But I was wondering...

The water where I am is VERY hard, and it has been hard on my hair. It has gone from almost bra strap length to barely armpit length :mad:, and I need to know what can help before I am bald. Any suggestions?


New Member
I know that some ladies get filters or shower head filters. I am not 100% sure, but I am sure someone more knowledgable will chime in. Just wanted to say:



Yes, the there quite a few threads re: shower filters last year, speaking of which, I need to order a replacement for mine!

We don't have very hard water here in San Diego but I'm sure there responses will be coming real quick on this one!

Hope you have resolution soon!

Ps. Welcome!!! :wave:


Think Slim
Two interesting articles I found explained what to do, of course, one is pushing a product :D

I've been curious about this too, because I visit cali, which is supposed to have hard water.

Article one
Water becomes hard when minerals such as calcium, magnesium and copper are present. The minerals deposit on your hair, leaving behind a residue that's difficult to wash out. Hard water can also make colored hair look brassy. If you notice that your shampoo doesn't lather well, you might have hard water.

Here's what to do:

To fight the effects of hard water, start by switching
to a chelating shampoo, which is designed to remove
minerals and styling-product buildup.
Shampoo Three' by Paul Mitchell is a good one to
try. Because it can be drying, you only need to use it once every few days. Follow with a conditioner for dry hair.

To help remove any build up that your shampoo may have missed, try this treatment once a week: Mix a half-teaspoon of white vinegar with a pint of distilled water. Pour it on your hair, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse out. Do this 2 -3 times a month at night, when you aren't planning on going out due to the smell.

Article 2

Water, Water, Everywhere...
By Sharon Gomes Thomas

One of the most basic products for healthy, shiny hair is also the one most often overlooked: water. We have to use it every time we wash our hair, and there are so many different variables affecting the water that comes out of our taps-- from temperature to mineral deposits.

I've lived in over 15 countries so I know my hair has reacted very differently to my favorite shampoo in all these places. Haven't we returned from the fabulous vacation and found that we don't want to show our holiday photos because our hair was a complete nightmare? It was limp and lifeless, or totally frizzy, even though we've steered clear of the hotel shampoo and filled half our suitcase with all our regular hair care products. Or the time we picked up a shampoo while overseas, and it never quite gave us the suds that we experienced when we first used it. That's because shampoos are not only made specifically for hair types, but often shampoos are also manufactured to account for the water conditions in the countries they’re sold in.

We usually wash our hair with warm water, which gives our shampoo a good lather and also dissolves the dirt and oils. But staying on the cooler side is better than going to warm, or even hot water, because you don’t want to totally strip the hair of it’s natural oils which gives the shaft protection and shine. Also, your scalp will compensate and produce even more oil making for a vicious cycle. Some experts also recommend a final rinse of cold water to smooth out the hair cuticle.

Everyone knows that chlorine and salt is bad for hair, so after a swim in the pool or in the ocean, we pay special attention to rinsing out these harmful elements. However, many cities put chlorine or fluoride in their water supply. And in some areas, you may be using well water. So the water you use may contain too many minerals. These deposits build up over time and lead to damage. Also, hard water makes it more difficult to lather out excess product. You could minimize the harm by using bottled or distilled water for the final rinse, or even installing a drinking water filter like Brita or Pur for your shower.

One of the best ways to remove hard water deposits and residues from hair products is to use a simple remedy once a week. Mix equal parts vinegar (white or apple) and distilled water, pour on hair and let sit for a few minutes, then shampoo as usual. If you’re a little wary of smelling a little like a salad, you could try LUSH’s Hard Water Shampoo Bar (www.lush.com) and at 1293 Broadway @ 34th, 212-564-9120). This product contains sesquicabonate, a softener that fights the effects of hard water, and is pink with flower petals.

On the other hand, soft water (like rain or reservoir water) is virtually mineral free. However, this could make your hair flatter and limp, and also more difficult to style. LUSH’s Soft Water Shampoo Bar is made with sea salt and Irish moss seaweed to give bounce and body. The unlikely ingredient of coriander gives this shampoo a refreshing zing.

Finally, always DRINK plenty of water and you will see a noticeable change in your hair.


New Member
Another option is buying a couple gallons of distilled water and doing your final rinse with it. The best option though is to invest in a shower filter.


Well-Known Member
Thanks so much for all of the suggestions!! I will probably use distilled water until I get a shower filter. Does anyone know where I can get one??