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blondecat
September 19th, 2010, 08:18 AM
Hey all. This is for my DD bsl light Aburny light brown hair, type erhh, possibily 1 b, but thick slight wavy like mine. [age 22]

She is spending a month house sitting [a favour, plus more convienient for her work place. it's way closer than our place] and the water at this house is hard and heavily Chlorined,

She has only been there a week.

She came back here for the night, just so I could do her SMT for her.

Her hair is now so dry her hair Drank a 60ml of almond oil Plus a mix of condish and aloe vera and leave in Vo5, I had made up a cup worth and it's ALL soaked up.

She rarely has time, so getting her to rince it after with pure water, is difficult and not a concideration at the house sit place. It's just way too hard. plus she is a manager and works anything from 12 - 15 hrs a day.

I suggested she start tipping dilute ACV on final rince. Would this help ?

Is there anything that can be done ?

morecowbell
September 19th, 2010, 09:33 AM
Hey there, sorry to hear about your DD's troubles...
One thing she could try (that only takes a few minutes of prep) is to keep 1 or 2 gallon jugs in the bathroom, fill them up with water and leave them overnight (this allows the chlorine to evaporate) and use those to wash her hair with. It's what I have to do when they over-chlorinate my water, and it's pretty easy.

ktani
September 19th, 2010, 09:54 AM
For chlorine evaporation it may not be that simple, Chlorine Evaporation http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen06/gen06449.htm

Club soda can neutralize chlorine and a rinse with it is fast and easy. If she cannot or does not want to buy distilled water as her final rinse after the club soda, water from your house would work.

This thread goes into club soda, http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=55391 as well as the swimming article I did, with a report linked within it, on the first page of the thread.

manderly
September 19th, 2010, 10:13 AM
Ah, dear ktani beat me to it. I was going to suggest the club soda approach as well :)

Heidi_234
September 19th, 2010, 10:48 AM
Find a conditioner that contains EDTA - it neutralizes chlorine and added to many hair products out there. I'd suggest soaking hair in softer water (bottled water perhaps? Distilled water could be great), apply the EDTA containing conditioner over the hair, only then wash it, and by the end of the washing rinse hair with the softer water again to rinse out the chlorinated water. This is roughly how I handled my hair when I was regularly swimming, and even though I was swimming 2-3 times a week for many months in a row, the condition of my hair did not worsen at all. Good luck!

ktani
September 19th, 2010, 11:10 AM
EDTA is used in cosmetics to chelate metal salts, http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=491.

However, it is not as effective for the copper in pool or tap water, http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showpost.php?p=1247214&postcount=18.

In cosmetics, specifically helping to prevent damage to hair, P&G found
"The preference of the EDDS for copper over calcium makes it superior to traditional chelants, such as EDTA or DTPA, and more efficient at preventing fiber damage." (http://www.pgbeautyscience.com/chemistry-at-a-glance.html) That information is also here, early in the peroxide thread, before I researched argan oil more extensively (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showpost.php?p=410016&postcount=131).

EDTA does not neutralize chlorine. That is in part why swimming shampoos and conditioners are often ineffective for ridding the hair of chlorine odour post swimming in a pool.

In this study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1214667/, "Preincubation with EDTA drastically increased E. coli sensitivity to chlorine in both distilled water and TSB."

Club soda has been reported to rid the hair of chlorine odour because it does neutralize chlorine, http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showpost.php?p=1249684&postcount=10.

Heidi_234
September 19th, 2010, 12:15 PM
I clearly remember reading it back then when I was looking into ways to save my hair from being destroyed by the chlorine in the pool. I'll see if I can uncover my sources later on, but for now I still stand by my personal experience. I tried club soda, and I didn't see any results one way or another. Looking into the amounts of the "good stuff" in it, I'm not sure it's all that effective. After all, it's designed to be a drink, not a hair treatment.

ktani
September 19th, 2010, 12:33 PM
I clearly remember reading it back then when I was looking into ways to save my hair from being destroyed by the chlorine in the pool. I'll see if I can uncover my sources later on, but for now I still stand by my personal experience. I tried club soda, and I didn't see any results one way or another. Looking into the amounts of the "good stuff" in it, I'm not sure it's all that effective. After all, it's designed to be a drink, not a hair treatment.

As I recall you used small amounts of club soda, not as a full rinse. I could be mistaken.

As to uses, many of the products used here successfully were not necessarily "designed" for use on hair and skin.

ETA: I would sincerely appreciate seeing a reputable source that shows or states that EDTA neutralizes chlorine. I am always interested in learning and I have no problem with being wrong about something I have posted.

blondecat
September 20th, 2010, 05:10 AM
Thank You all. We found something at the hairdresser tht is supposed to neutralise chloring [I forget the name] and we will give the Club soda a try.

Fingers crossed. Hoping it works. She really does have pretty hair andit would be terrible to loose it.

ktani
September 20th, 2010, 06:49 AM
Thank You all. We found something at the hairdresser tht is supposed to neutralise chloring [I forget the name] and we will give the Club soda a try.

Fingers crossed. Hoping it works. She really does have pretty hair andit would be terrible to loose it.

Great news! Good luck!