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    How to Solve Hard Water Hair Issues

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    Get Shine, Body, Softness and Color Back Into Your Hair!

    Is your hair looking lusterless? Is the color looking dull, especially throughout the top of the head? Does your hair seem to be lacking the body, shine and softness it once had? The culprit more than likely may be your water.

    If you have hard water and especially if you live in a rural area, using well water, you are probably unaware of how much better your hair can look and feel! Some tell-tale signs of hard water are; a rust or green color around the drains of the bathtub and needing to use lots of soap to get a lather.

    If you aren’t in the market for installing a water-softener in your home, you can try some quick and easy solutions that will bring more life and vibrancy to your hair and also prep the hair to receive color processes more effectively. My best recommendation is to purchase a shower head filter. I bought one a few months ago and it’s been the best and easiest fix for hard water that I’ve done for my hair. I could feel the results immediately and it was quick and easy to install, I love it. They are suppose to be good for about 6 months before needing a replacement filter. It was cheap and easy to install. I wrote an article about it at the time. I haven’t needed to put in the replacement filter yet. I’m sure my hair will let me know when it’s time to replace.

    Using a clarifying shampoo is another great way to strip off built up product as well as some minerals from the hair. The effects are immediate. Your hair will feel softer and look fuller and shinier.

    • How often should you use a clarifier? ~~ You could try once every two weeks to start and increase it if it feels like it’s still stripping the hair of residue. If you use lots of product, once a week might do well. If you use it too often it will dry the hair. Be sure to condition afterwards.

    Another remedy is to use an apple cider vinegar and water mixture as your final rinse. You can fill a spray bottle with it, but this takes a long time to saturate the hair. Better idea might be to mix up a gallon of the concoction and use it in the sink by soaking your hair in it. This way you’ll have it ready for use when needed. Here is an article that explains the mixture and links to a site on how to make your own herbal vinegar rinses.

    Before a color service it’s important to have your hair clean of product and minerals. If you think your hair could use more than what a clarifier can do for you, check out a product called “Quicken” by Malibu. Apply the crystals before the color service and they will remove the deposits hard water has left on the hair.


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    1. Hi Umer,

      It is safe to wash your hair with hard water, but it may not leave your hair in optimal condition. I recommend using a product like Malibu’s Hard Water Wellness Kit. It is specially designed to remove and prevent mineral deposits that may be left on your hair as a result of the hard water.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 20, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    2. Is it fine to wash hair with hard water because in my area hard water exists and after that last rinse with soft water.?

      Comment by Umer Khan — April 18, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    3. Thank you for your comment! We love to receive tips from our readers.

      Have a great hair day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 13, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    4. if u r having problems with hard water so should use distilled water for last really works

      Comment by mav — March 12, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    5. hi. i live in Chennai, India. the water here is extremely hard. My hair has lost all it’s shine and lustre. they’re as rough as a broomstick, or might i add, worse than that. is it possible to get the awesomeness back if i start using the shower head?

      Comment by Nidhi — December 5, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    6. Is it safe to wash hair with hard water as at my place there is only hard water or should I use mineral water for last rinse..

      Comment by meenu — June 13, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    7. If your going to color your hair at home and you have well water, treat it first with a Malibu Crystal Gel treatment. They are freeze dried vitamin products that remove all the minerals that will cause discoloration from your hair so your hair color comes out the way you expect. I’d also suggest following up with one of their Making Water Well kits. It includes a shampoo, conditioner and Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer. This will prevent minerals from accumulating in your hair and causing it to discolor. For more information, check out

      Comment by Michael — May 26, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    8. I just moved to France, and i noticed that my hair showing much less volume than b4 (“my middle head hair line“ is appearin a lot now). Been here for like 3 months, and started to search what could be the problem. Just found out that we have really hard water here :P, so i started 2 buy mineral water bottles (with low % of calcium and other things) for washing my hair. Well I would to know if anyone nos if this damage is permanent, or i ll get my hair back 2 normal : )

      Comment by Brunne — November 13, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    9. Nazim,
      Mineral water is fine. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo might be a good choice to try. Over the counter Head and Shoulders Dandruff shampoo is worth trying also.
      Good Luck

      Comment by Barb Quinn — June 17, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    10. sir iam living in dubai there is hard water iam too much scared to wash my hair can i use mineral water for hair washing and which is best shampoo for dandruff please guide me

      Comment by nazim — June 17, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    11. nice hair but can i see the back of it plz

      Comment by jessica sandow — October 2, 2007 @ 5:41 am

    12. nice hair but can i see the back of it plz

      Comment by jessica sandow — October 2, 2007 @ 5:41 am

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