HAIR: Tips for Hard Water Hair Problems

A few weeks ago I mentioned my issue with Hard Water and the effect it has been having on my hair.  Since then, I swear it’s all I’ve been seeing everywhere I turn – how bad Hard Water is for your hair!  (Side note, same issue with my clothes washing but I’ve sorted that with Soda Crystals!)

Here’s a quick rundown: hard water contains a bunch of minerals and it’s not good for your hair.  You always hear people talking about ‘too much calcium’ in their water but there’s actually SO much more – Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Lead etc.  The effects are many and varying – from dull and frizzy, to slimy and lank, even turning blonde hair green!  For me it basically feels like no amount of treatments or conditioners are going to save my dull and dry hair (I don’t even mean my bleached ends, it’s on the roots too!)

So I’ve done some research and put together a list of tips and tricks to help tackle hair issues caused by Hard Water – now I just have to follow them!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

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The amount of people who seem to live by this stuff!  It seems like it can be used for just about anything.  I’ve tried it for my hair and I actually noticed a difference!  What I do is use a measuring cup in the shower.  I shake in about 3-4 tablespoons of the vinegar and fill the rest up with water.   After shampooing I pour the solution all over my scalp then massage it in.  Rinse it out a few minutes later.  Then apply your regular conditioner, and rinse with the same solution again.

Club Soda Rinse

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Hard Water doesn’t always fully rinse shampoo and conditioner out of your hair, that’s how you can end up with hair that feels like it has product build up even though you’ve just washed it!  Club Soda acts as a clarifying treatment for the hair – a rinse with Club Soda after shampooing and conditioning with leave you with perfectly soft and clean hair.  And according to Dr. Oz, frizz free hair too 😉  (Jayz, take me about 30 bottles to rinse my hair)

Bottled Water

This one is a stretch too far for me but look, if you’re desperate this one has reportedly worked for others.  The low mineral quantities in bottled water make it perfect for washing hair.  I mean the whole effort of this one is just too much for me though!

Clarifying Shampoos

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If your hard water is leaving mineral deposits in your hair (Blonde Hair turning green, hair feeling full of build up) then you need to be using a clarifying shampoo.  If you can’t stretch to a salon brand just be sure to look for a shampoo that specifically says ‘Clarifying’ on it as I find nothing else will do!

Some highly recommended salon brands I’ve come across are the AlfaParf Purifying Shampoo and the Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two

So there you have it, those are the tips I’ve put together for anyone experiencing hair problems from hard water!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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REVIEW: Lee Stafford’s herE come the CurLs Control CRÉMe!

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“Banishes frizz for hair that’s smooth as chiffon”

Everyone says they wish they had curly hair….but they mean NICE curly hair.  My hair is naturally wavy/curly…sounds like a dream but in reality my hair is a fuzzy, unruly, mad, thick mess!

I’ve tried everything to embrace the curls…mousse, creams, waxes, sprays….they don’t work!

I’ve been toying with the idea of trying the Lee Stafford herE come the CurLs range for a while, seeing as how I seem to love EVERYTHING Lee Stafford.  I decided to give the Control Creme a go….and I was pretty impressed!

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HOW IT WORKS

This rich calming cream weighs down curls, banishes frizz and separates curls for beautiful definition and hair that’s ‘smooth as Chiffon.’

You use the equivalent of a cherry in the palms of your hands and spread through wet hair, gently twisting with your fingers to form curls.

The look can be repeated the next day using a spritz of water and a little more creme.

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Just a note: the texture is quite like the fibre putty type styling creams and it is noticeable when it’s in your hair – as in when you touch it!

HOW I USED IT

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I tried the Control Creme in a couple of different ways.

The first was with my Aurora Band.  I washed and dried my hair and then ran some of the creme through my ends.  I rolled it up in the Aurora Band and went to sleep on it.  This is how it looked the next morning:

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The second way I used it was after swimming, I put some of the creme in and let it do its natural thing and then I put a couple of structured curls in to the top with my curling wand.  That looked like this:

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Those curls lasted all day and then I slept on them and I ended up with beachy waves the next day….and this is what I looked like in the late afternoon/evening of day two:

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So all you curly haired girls, if you’re looking for a product to tame your unruly hair and help you embrace your natural curls…this may be it!  PS.  IT SMELLS AMAZING!!!

Thanks for reading! x