Soft water: flat hair disaster fix!
If you have EVER lived in an area with soft water or had a water softener installed in your home then you will NEVER forget what a disaster your hair will turn into after only one wash.
If you’re washing your hair in a soft water, then there is a high chance you will be having a lot of ‘bad hair days’.
I once moved to an area with soft water and let me tell you ladies, I did not just have ‘bad hair days’ at that time, I also felt panicky. My long blonde hair became soooo super flat and thin, that I honestly thought it was going to fall out!!
It took me some time to figure out that the root of the problem was my water. Once I knew, I called our local water company to check the quality of their
water because I thought there was something very wrong with it (LOL!)
The report that I received from them made me sort of depressed and disappointed. It was stating that there was nothing wrong with the water and it was ‘safe to consume’. It made me depressed because, since relocation was not an option, I felt like I was STUCK with something I could not change. Ever felt this way before? Have you ever hated your soft water for the only one and one reason – what it does to your hair? I still love-hate it to this day but I found a way to get around it.
Just a brief overview on what makes water ‘soft’ and why it makes your hair flat: Soft water is a type of a water that, unlike the regular (aka ‘hard’ water), does not contain salts and minerals. You may wonder ‘So what?’ Well, this is where the problem lies – when you use shampoo, body wash, or laundry detergent, hard water’s salts and minerals bond with molecules of those cleaners and make it harder for those cleaners to do their job.
Soft water, on the other hand, has none of that, and therefore cleaners have their way of doing a perfect job of cleaning. The reason your hair gets so flat, limpy, and lifeless is because it loses healthy build up and healthy ‘must have’ oils. Your ordinary shampoo, in conjunction with soft water, REMOVES all of that!!
To be honest, I had heard of ‘soft’ water before, but never knew it could have such a miserable effect on one’s hair. You know, you never worry about this kind of thing unless it touches you personally. Then, and only then, do you know what it feels like, and that’s the moment when you start feeling desperate.
Yes, I was desperate and I wanted to find something that would work in my situation. To this day I found only 2 (TWO!) products that helped me with the loss of build up and volume, as well as preventing flatness. I‘m listing them below.
I do not know if there is something else is out there, but if you are aware of it, DO please let me know. I just do not feel like being limited to only these two products for the rest of my life. I want to try other things AND feel happy about my hair. Besides, posting more suggestions here will help other women, just like you and me.
By the way, in case you’re wondering, rinsing your hair with bottled water does not work. I went as far as filling large bottles with water from drinking fountains! I thought it would make a good ‘build-up hair rinse’… but it did not. I soon gave up on the idea and turned my focus onto finding the right products to use.
Shampoos for soft water:
It is a handmade, mineral- rich shampoo that looks like a bar of soap. I was wary about the SLS ingredient, but after washing my hair with it several times, I decided to disregard that.
What this shampoo does: creates build up.
This shampoo mimics hard water and helps to create build up and volume. In other words it ‘cures’ flatness. If you have never tried this product and would like to improve the look of your hair, then you can get it on eBay or Amazon. (UK - click here, CAN - click here.) It will take at least 2 washes in a like-warm water to see the results.
As I was scanning through reviews of this particular shampoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see women mentioning soft water. Isn’t that interesting?!? I realized I am not alone. They were also mentioning that the bar needs to be kept in a dry place (absolutely agree) and that it lasts for a long time (I can personally confirm that).
P.S. I honestly do not know how this product behaves in hard water.
2) Brand: Live Clean
Product name: Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash, 10 Fluid Ounce (UK - click here, CAN - click here)
This shampoo is for babies and it is 97% plant derived. It consists of purified water and a blend of organic botanicals. What can be gentler and more divine than this?? This one major factor made me try this shampoo. I figured if it was safe and gentle for babies, then it wouldn't be harsh on my hair either.
I was right. My experiment worked and this is how it was added to my list of alternatives.
What this shampoo does: cleans hair WITHOUT stripping healthy oils.
It makes hair look healthy, clean, and shiny. This shampoo does not make one's hair flat, dull, lifeless or look like ‘dry straw’. I do not even care that it is for babies! I think it is a very nice and gentle product to use in soft water for everyone who is sick and tired of having flat, lifeless hair (please make sure to wash your hair in a like-warm water). Again, I do not know how it would behave with hard water.
As a USA resident I used to buy this shampoo in Walgreen's and CVS stores. Unfortunately, somewhere around the spring of 2015, this brand disappeared from their shelves. If you are a US resident, then the only way to get this product is online. Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash, 10 Fluid Ounce (UK - click here, CAN - click here) or on eBay
Live Clean is a Canadian brand, and all of its products are 97% natural. Besides the above mentioned shampoo, I also use their moisturizers (UK - click here, CAN - click - here) for my face. One bottle lasts for 2 years. My finicky, fair, and sensitive
skin has finally stopped throwing temper tantrums and has fallen in love with something that does not make it feel like there is a non-breathable mask on it. I am not even talking about allergies multiple women have (me included) to creams with a load of gross chemicals. To me – the less ingredients the better the product is.
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