Reader Beauty Q: What’s The Fix For My Hair That’s Being Wrecked By Hard Water?

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bumble-and-bumble-sunday-shampooQuestion: “I just moved to a new town and the water is H-A-R-D. It’s really messing-up my usually easy hair. What can I do?” — Stephanie

Answer: Hard water is tough on hair because it causes a mineral build-up that can weigh down locks and make hair really difficult to moisturize. And just all-around frizzy. The solution is simple: remove the minerals. You can do this a few ways, and they’re all really easy. Yay! Here are your options:

Option 1 – Shampoo it: Start using a clarifying or chleating shampoo like Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, $23 (above) or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $1. Just keep in mind that these are very drying, so start by using them once a week to see if that helps. Also pair this shampoo with a deep conditioner to restore loss moisture. This is the low-maintenance solution to getting your hair back in good form.

aquasana-shower-filterOption 2 – Filter it: Buy a shower-head filter like the Aquasana Shower Filter, $55 (we wrote about it here) to remove minerals before they actually have the chance to do damage on your locks. Relatively inexpensive and super-easy to install (I did it myself in like five minutes), this is going to keep your hair in the best shape and you won’t have to give up your favorite cleansers and conditioners.

heinz-apple-cider-vinegarOption 3 – Rinse it: Use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a week followed by a deep conditioner on the ends. And when I say rinse, I mean, literally, mix two cups of distilled water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, like Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, $2 and pour it over your locks, swish it around a little bit, then rinse it out. The vinegar removes this mineral buildup and also makes hair really shiny. This, like a clarifying shampoo, is very drying, but also a cheap solution to removing the pesky minerals that your hair doesn’t like.

Do you have hard-water problems?

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