Reader Q: Dealing with Hard Water

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I have recently decided to go on a hair journey. I’m so obsessed with my hair but I want it healthier. Here’s the problem, I’m a freshman in college and I live in the dorm. I’m almost positive that I am bathing and washing my hair in hard water. What are some shampoos or conditioners work for that? Have you ever used the hard water shampoo by ion?

As a bit of background, hard water is water that contains significant quantities of dissolved minerals, such as copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, lead, and silica. Because hair has a negative charge, the positively charged minerals bind to hair and can cause dryness, can weigh down your hair, can cause breakage, dry and itchy scalp, and cause hair to appear dull.

I have hard water in my apartment so I’m dealing with the same thing you are. I use Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo to aid in removing hard water minerals and product build-up. I like this shampoo because it does it’s supposed to do and doen’t leave my hair feeling stripped or matted.

You can also trying doing an apple-cider ginger (ACV) rinse as the last step when you wash your hair to counteract the higher pH level of hard water. Roux Porosity Control also lowers hair’s pH level. Chelating shampoos, like Redken I mentioned above, contain chelating agents (like Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate) that help remove minerals found in water. Here are some other chelating shampoos you might find helpful:

Using a water softener or filter is likely the most efficient route, but since you’re living in a dorm an ACV rinse or a chelating shampoo is the best route for you.

Thanks for your question!

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