hair care & hard water

on Apr 16, 2007 @ 07:19 pm

We just moved to a new residence and we have really really hard water. I didn't think it'd be a big deal at first. We have the option of getting a water softener (which will likely happen in time). But until then, I wonder how others deal w/ hard water and hair care. Once my hair dries, it doesn't smell like my yummy shampoo anymore. It smells all metallic and icky and maybe even slightly dirty. Perhaps the hardwater doesn't allow the shampoo to lather and clean my hair as well.

I don't do much for my hair, just the standard shampoo, conditioner, and air dry. Any tips or pointers to get my hair smelling nice again?

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Ali de Bold
well water hair on Apr 16, 2007 @ 07:38 pm

I've been there. I grew up in the country with hard water and to be honest it really does blow compared to city water. It will never be the same as city water but once you get a softener it will make a big difference. In the mean time, I recommend a leave in conditioner if you want the nice smell. Use some conditioner in the shower but less than you normally do, and appy some leave in to the ends of your hair so it smells better.

I also find that hard water makes your hair frizzier and is more likely to cause build up so switch your shampoo/conditioner brands often and don't even think about leaving the house without blowdrying your hair. I found that my normally poker straight can't go wrong hair looks like a frizz ball if I don't blowdry. Try to avoid shampoo or condition with protein which add more buildup than other hair care products.

I'd also talk to the uber knowledgeable people at Kiehls who seem to have an answer for everything. Congrats on the new house!!

biolage normalizing shampoo on Apr 18, 2007 @ 06:32 pm


I recently got my hair trimmed and the lady cutting my hair also recommended a leave in conditioner to get my hair smelling nice again. But she wasn't sure how to combat/reduce the effects of the hard water.

A friend of mine also deals w/ hard water and she ended up using (and loving) biolage by matrix normalizing shampoo. She says it helps w/ build up and somehow strips a lot of the weighing down effects of ultra mineraly water. Has anyone used this shampoo? I see some reviews for biolage products, but not the normalizing shampoo.

Hard Water And Hair on Aug 28, 2014 @ 01:11 pm

You may want to try a deep cleansing shampoo but hard water by its vary nature inhibits the foaming action in most detergent based products. You could also try some sort of leave in styling product Redken has one called anti snap and concepts has one that smells awesome really good called Milk_Shake and its good for all hair types.

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