Is your water hard or soft ?

Do you know if the water at your house is hard or soft ? Did you know this can make a HUGE difference with whether or not your hair feels dry with split ends or soft and healthy ? I have a few clients ( you know who you are ) who live in the same suburb and their hair has been dry and frizzy. So I decided to do a little research on the ph balance and hardness of tap water. The hardness of the water in my suburb is 29. The hardness of their water is 55. So almost double explains the dryness and split ends in their hair. Obviously I'm not an expert on reading water quality analysis reports but I can tell you that the numbers don't lie ;)

So moral of the story is: Check your area to see what kind of water you have. If you DO have hard water and you notice it drying out your skin and hair, you can do the following:

1. Don't wash your hair as often. Yes I live by this rule. Maybe a little too much ;)

2. Buy a water filter for your shower. We buy water filters for our drinking water, why not buy one for your hair and skin ? This water filter is reasonably priced and has AMAZING reviews.

3. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is meant for helping hard water hair. I personally have not tried this Malibu line, but have heard great things about it. Check it out here

Even though the water isn't terrible where I live I think I am going to buy a shower water filter for my home. Maybe that will lead to a follow up post to hard water.....