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    I am just wondering if hard water is bad for hair. If so, how?

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    My water is so hard that when my bathtub is dry, there is a thin, dusty, chalk-like coating over it.

    Here are some things that may better answer your question:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_wa...stance_to_soap.
    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasc...1/gen01539.htm
    http://styles101.homestead.com/hwater.html
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Hard-Water-Hair&id=773520

    Despite the "scary" level of hard water as illustrated by those articles, my hair isn't significantly worse for wear or ruined by my hard water. But I also henna my hair and I use conventional shampoos and conditioners, which may affect that.
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    Yes. I have very hard water it is mostly full of iron when my hair was bleached it would keep a red tint to it. My hair was always knotty dry and brittle. I know several woman on here use apple cider vinegar to 'rinse' the minerals and what not out. le It works but it was to much effort to do every single time .I went to Home Depot and bought a shower head filter. my hair as drastically improved, it is soft and not wiry. My skin an complexion have also noticeable changed after a while of use. I would recomend you get one they only cost about $20 comapred to a whole water soften sytem which costs $$$$
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    http://www.aquasmart.com/pdfs/385%20showerpurifier1.pdf

    Check this out, it sounds like a really good one. Do you think it would help my hair (and skin for that matter).

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    Don't invest in a shower filter until you get your water tested. The type of filter you need depends on the type of hard water you have.
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    In my experience hard water doesn't necessarially hurt your hair, but it makes it much more difficult to clean/condition. I switched to commercial products after moving from an area with good water to one with hard water because CO and other more natural methods stopped working as well. I do find that a vinegar rinse (one glurg of vinegar diluted in a big plastic cup, dip ends in, dump over head, let sit for a bit then rinse out) helps a bit with buildup/rinsing/etc....

    I've been experimenting with baking soda washing recently and that's been working pretty well but I haven't done it long term. It's the only "alternative" washing method I've gotten to remotely work in hard water.

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    Huh, I am confused now. In the Wikipedia article linked above, it says that the skin feels more slippery in soft water because the soap rinses off less easily. I thought the problem with *hard* water was that it's harder to rinse off the soap?

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    Wikipedia is often wrong. Don't trust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazazi View Post
    Huh, I am confused now. In the Wikipedia article linked above, it says that the skin feels more slippery in soft water because the soap rinses off less easily. I thought the problem with *hard* water was that it's harder to rinse off the soap?
    Soft water does not mean pure water with no minerals, fwiw. Soft water can have crap in it too, but it's generally kinder on your hair.

    http://www.softwater.com/faq.html#h9
    http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthi.../aa082403a.htm

    And for someone who doesn't do much of their own research, Druid of Alba, I think you are entirely too quick to judge wikipedia. It's not the end all be all, of course, but it is a lot more accurate than most people give it credit.
    Last edited by akurah; April 13th, 2008 at 12:54 PM. Reason: Found some info
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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid of Alba View Post
    I am just wondering if hard water is bad for hair. If so, how?

    Hello,

    This link will provide you with some information on hard water.
    http://www.ecmode.com/content/Cn_Hai...ard_Water.aspx

    Malibu Hard Water

    I use it and like it a lot.

    Stephanie

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