Curly hair loves water, but is the water it loves causing dryness?

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Curly hair loves water, but is the water it loves causing dryness?

Post by naturallynola on 7th February 2011, 7:06 pm

How hard is your water? See the map in the link below. What can you do about it? 1) Purchase distilled water 2) Boil water and let it cool before using (partially effective) 3) Purchase a shower head filter 4) Install a whole house water softner. I purchased a shower head filter and my hair and skin thanked me!

http://water.usgs.gov/owq/map1.jpeg

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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 7th February 2011, 7:13 pm

I'm at 0-60... That's good right?
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Post by naturallynola on 7th February 2011, 7:20 pm

You are one of the lucky ones!

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Post by Fleur on 7th February 2011, 7:53 pm

I don't have a problem with tap water on my hair or skin, but I don't drink it. I had a filter installed on the kitchen sink faucet and there's one on the fridge.
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Post by naturallynola on 7th February 2011, 8:04 pm

One of my curly friends texted me that the map posted above is quite outdated (1975). I will find a current one and update later. Sorry for the goof up.

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Post by Fleur on 7th February 2011, 8:08 pm

You still brought up an important point. I think everyone should be aware of their water quality regulations and standards.
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Post by amyleia on 8th February 2011, 12:44 am

I dont even need to take a test because my water is hard because i live in a limestone area, but i didnt know it could contribute to the dryness of your hair.*u learn something new everyday*
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Post by ajsimmons8 on 8th February 2011, 9:30 pm

I don't know what our water quality level is here but I do know that when I was spritzing my hair with water, it was still dry and my scalp was itching like crazy. What a Face I've switched to using only aloe vera juice for my spritz and wash my hair at the kitchen sink in which we have a filter on it. No more itchy scalp! dance
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Post by naturallynola on 8th February 2011, 11:39 pm

Aj, if you get tired of aloe or if you want to cut corners, try distilled water. I buy distilled water for my hair needs except washing/rinsing.

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Post by naturallynola on 9th February 2011, 1:11 am

Here is an update on this subject and Ida has a map that provides a "guide" to water hardness across the U.S. Not sure of the date, but the second link is a government source from 2005.

http://chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com/hardwater.htm

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/characteristics.html

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Post by Fleur on 9th February 2011, 2:00 am

Great thread.

Here is a current report of water hardness across the US: http://www.qualitywatertreatment.com/city_water_guide.htm

You can find your drinking water quality state-by-state via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

Your state should readily have this information available for you to view on an annual basis.
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Post by JazmineB on 9th February 2011, 8:29 am

i wash my hair in my kitchen sink. can i buy a filter for that? there are so many filters on the market. . .which one should i buy? Im not sure if I'm even allowed to install something new where i live because i live in an apartment, id have to ask first. but im definitely interested. I'm in a red area, which is the highest possible.
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Post by Fleur on 15th February 2011, 12:33 am

FYI, on Tuesday Feb. 15 Dr. Oz' show tackles the safety of the water quality in the US and asks the question, "Is your water causing cancer?" He will also be addressing some facts about our beloved bottled water. Interesting and timely if anyone is interested.
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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 15th February 2011, 6:59 pm

I actually wrote a paper on bottled water a while back. Did you know that the reins are actually tighter on tap water than bottled water? Makes you think...
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Post by Mz. Thang on 15th February 2011, 8:45 pm

Watching Dr. OZ on internet now..... Smile
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