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Hard Water Hair Care

Hey folks, Mo here. I spent last weekend in Phoenix presenting at INHMD and in addition to packing and finalizing my workshop details I had to tackle “Mz. Jackson” AKA my hair.

Since moving to AZ almost 9 months ago, I’ve noticed my hair getting dull, feeling crunchy and just not behaving as it should, even though I’ve been deep conditioning and had added steaming to my regimen. If you read our last post about shampoos that remove buildup from your hair, you know that in hard water areas clarifying shampoos don’t do much to remove mineral buildup that causes lackluster strands and breakage. I decided it was time to whip out the chelating shampoo for a butt naked hair cleansing. 20140522-085355-32035463.jpg

I picked up the Ion Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner from Sally’s and followed my rinse-out conditioner with a deep condition using the Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. Hard1

After a cool water rinse (I have high porosity hair, gotta make sure those cuticles close…) and wrapping my hair in a tshirt for about 30 minutes I misted my hair all over with aloe vera juice to jump off my L.O.C process.

My hair felt a lot softer and didn’t have that squeaky clean/stripped feeling that I was expecting.  I used my trusted Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner, my oil mix to seal and the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk as my styler.

After parting my hair into five sections (two in back, two in middle, one in front) I did two twists in the back and middle section and one in the front. Each twist was then rolled on a flexirod and set overnight. The next morning I took the flexirods out, but I had no intention of taking the twists down before the morning of INHMD, so I pincurled each twist and secured with a bobby pin.

Three days later the twists came out, and after some strategic fluffing with my pick, Mz. Jackson looked like this: Hard4


After this experience I will be incorporating a chelating session into my hair care regimen monthly, because this hard water isn’t going anywhere…..