Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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"I've been washing, conditioning, and deep conditioning for a while now, but my hair hasn't changed a bit! What's up?"

Hard water might be to blame. Hard water has a high mineral and chlorine content. Hard water minerals primarily consist of calcium (Ca2+), and magnesium (Mg2+) metal cations, and sometimes other dissolved compounds such as bicarbonates and sulfates. According to the United States Geological Survey, 89.3% of US homes have hard water. Craziness! Having hard water can leave your hair dull, lifeless, and dry. The best way to tell if you have hard water is to simply look at your faucet. Lime residue -- the icky clear stuff -- is the primary sign of hard water.

Treating Hard Water
A water softener could be one way to solve your hard water issue. Why? Water softeners effectively reduce the concentration of hardness minerals to tolerable levels, thus making the water softer and "smoother."

You could also invest in a water filter. Water filters reduce the amount of mineral and chlorine deposits down to about 54-95% (although some companies will claim to reduce it to 99%). A popular water filter you can use is the iWater System.

If you want healthier hair, I suggest you invest in a water softener or filter. You (and your hair) won't regret it! Softer water also means longer color for those who color their hair. If you don't want to buy a softener or filter, you can always wash your hair with a chelating shampoo...



Sunshyne says
October 24, 2008 at 1:38 PM

I have a water softener throughout my whole house and there is a HUGE difference in how your hair/skin feels and looks. I will never go back. Its very easy to maintain too.

Rasheda says
May 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I have tried it and love it! It didn't feel sticky to me. I put the Pantene Relaxed and Natural conditioner in as a leave-in, Greg Juice, and Sweet Oil 3 I'm addicted to it! The only problem I have with the Greg Juice is that it took forever to come! I just received it from ordering on 4/15! But other than that I love it

Dαsια ♥ says
May 6, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I use hard water and my hair is healthy. I just think it depends on your hair and how damaged it is.

Anonymous says
May 6, 2009 at 10:18 PM

I just bought joico chelating shampoo and I noticed my hair looked much better after my wash and condtion. All that conditioning I was doing before did nothing for my hair until I removed the mineral buildup. I will always have this in my stash to use when needed.

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Anonymous says
August 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Well water can be especially hard on the hair. Ask anyone with well water and they will tell you, especially if they do not have a water softener. And even then, well water can wreak havoc with your hair. Symptoms of hair maladies due to hard water or well water can include dry or damaged hair; hair that is resistant to coloring, highlighting, perming or relaxing or straightening; hair that lacks body and shine; hair that is thinning or breaking; hair where the color fades too quickly; highlights that turn ruddy or discolored; and perms that fall out.

To know how to combat the effects of well water on your hair, it helps to know a little about what well water is, and why it does to hair what it does. As rain water filters through the earth, it picks up minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Silica and Lead. These minerals can cause different reactions in hair. For example, if water has an abundance of iron in it, hair will be discolored, turning an orange or rust color. Copper with give blond highlights a green tint. Magnesium causes hair to appear weighted down and lack volume. And calcium can prevent the proper processing of color, highlights, perms or relaxer/straighteners.

Short of washing your hair with bottled water, which some people with really bad water have had to do, there is an excellent set of products offered at Hair Care USA that can treat the ill effects of well water. Best of all, these products can be used in conjunction with your well water or hard water. By far the best and most potent is the Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment.

Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment removes Iron, Calcium, Chlorine, Copper, mineral discoloration and even medications from the hair. It is an excellent prep for chemical services such as highlights and perms. Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment comes in a small packet. To use, simply open the packet, pour the contents into the palm of your wet hand, then rub wet palms together to form a rich gel that when applied to hair turns to a lathering treatment. For severe build-up and extremely hard well water, the Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment should be processed under heat, such as under a hooded dryer. Although this can be done at home, it is recommended that this be done in the salon.

If your water is not that bad, but is still hard, you can try the Malibu Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer. This removes all hard water minerals that can discolor or damage hair. It eliminates brassiness, normalizes hair texture, and revitalizes shine and manageability. It may be used daily, weekly, or as often as desired. Like the Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment, Malibu Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer comes in a small packet. To use, simply open the packet, pour the contents into the palm of your wet hand, then rub your wet palms together to form a rich gel that when applied to hair turns to a lathering treatment.

The Malibu products offered at are specifically designed to treat problem areas of the hair with natural, food-grade wellness ingredients. They are preservative-free and sulfate-free. If you have well water or hard water and need help with your hair, visit and try the Malibu products. You will notice the difference from the first time you use them.

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