I live in Los Angeles, and the water here is terrible. It's better where I live but 40% of my week is spent at my boyfriends house in Echo Park and the water there is HORRIBLE. My hair feels 10x better since I used a chelator. I did it once and can totally feel a difference. Now I just need to find a balance, what to do in between using the chelator. My hair seems to like shampoo bars and an ACV rinse with every wash. Hard water does take a lot more effort to fix. Maybe see if you can afford a water filter?
Pantene ice shine is an excellent inexpensive product that clarifies and chelates due to its formula. I've added it weekly or biweekly, and it's a godsend for me. I love the easy one step process of a clean hair start. Just make sure you deeply moisturize after.
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And just so people know the frustration isn't just one sided, in areas with super soft water, newcomers get grumpy that they can't get soap to rinse out and that their water tastes "flat".
I should mention the soap thing though (this applies equally to detergents), if you are used to soft water, do not be alarmed if things don't lather as well as you are used to. They still work okay, but you might need to use slightly more than you would have before. Conversely, the first time I went somewhere with very, very soft water, I was super amused by how fluffy the soap went the first time I washed my hands. It felt comical! I have moved many times and literally travelled around the world, the difference the water can make really can be very dramatic.
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