Good morning and happy Friday! I’ve been sick all week, so things have been pretty uneventful around here. I’m looking forward to the weekend of course, but I’m mainly looking forward to feeling like myself again soon. I should mention though, one the highlights of this week has been the incredible comments and support you left in response to this post the other day. So, thank you!
Today, I wanted to chat about something a little bit different; hair problems. Looking back, it’s been a while since my last hair or beauty post. Whoops! Anyhow, I’m not sure if I mentioned this here, but back in October, I moved into a new house. The new house is only about 15 minutes away from the old one, but it’s in a different town. One thing I quickly learned is that different towns have different types of water.
As you probably already know, water has a huge impact on the condition of your hair and skin. It was probably only a day or two after moving that I noticed something was up with my hair.
As you can probably tell from looking at my hair in my outfit posts, my hair is thin and fine. Trust me, it’s not an ideal combination. This means, my hair is very sensitive to weather conditions, changes in water, etc. Upon washing my hair for the first time at the new house, I could tell that the water was different. My hair never felt like it was getting clean. I’d rinse my hair like I always did, but it felt like the soap wasn’t washing out properly. When I blow dried my hair, it immediately felt greasy. It also felt softer than normal and almost feather-like.
Not surprisingly, these hair problems drove me nuts! I’m already self-conscious about how thin my hair is, so the change in water was not helping that situation. I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes that a good (or bad) hair day can make (or break) an outfit. Even a cute outfit and good makeup can’t hide a bad hair day.
Over the last few months, I’ve tried countless products and shampoos to try to combat the problem. What I discovered was that a lot of the products I used to love weren’t working for me anymore.
So, What’s Up With the Water in My Town?
The water in my town is classified as hard water, which means it has a high mineral content. Because of the high mineral content, the water is hard on the pipes. In order to counter the effects of hard water, the homes in my town all use water softeners. As a contrast, soft water is water that has de-ionized sodium in it. Even with adjustments to our water softener, the water I’ve been using to wash my hair is too soft (for me). Interestingly, a lot of people prefer soft water over hard water because it adds sheen to your hair and keeps your skin feeling soft. If you have thin, fine hair, the soft water creates problems for you, like getting greasy too quickly. It also causes your hair to look thinner.
How To Deal With Soft Water Hair Problems
After a few months of frustration, I’ve finally found a solution to deal with the effects of soft water on hair. Let me introduce you to the Seanik Shampoo Bar from LUSH. Up until recently, I’ve never really been a huge fan of LUSH. I had never had a “bad” experience with the store or their products, but it was never a store I made a point to visit.
Well, my good friend Google recommended the Seanik Shampoo bar, as a way to combat the effects of soft water. Even though the concept of a shampoo bar weirded me out, I was willing to try anything. No word of a lie, within 5 minutes of reading articles about the benefits of the Seanik Shampoo bar, I was on my way to a LUSH store. Desperation will do that to you!
The Seanik Shampoo Bar from LUSH
As per the description on the LUSH website, the Seanik Shampoo bar is a mineral-rich, volumizing shampoo. It promises to give body and volume to hair that tends to fall flat. Even though the concept of a bar shampoo is a little bit weird, it’s easy to use and lathers just as well as any liquid shampoo. Bonus – because it’s not a liquid, it’s great for travel!
To my surprise, I noticed a significant difference in my hair right away. The shampoo actually felt like it was rinsing off, which meant that my hair finally felt clean. My hair felt better on the first blow dry, too. No more instant greasy feeling and no more feathery texture.
All and all, this shampoo is literally life-changing for me! I realize that sounds dramatic, but if you had a bad hair day for 5 months straight, you’d be dramatic too.
Other Ways to Combat the Effects of Soft Water
One of the other changes I’ve made in the last few months to combat my soft water hair problems is that I don’t use in-shower conditioner very often. When you wash your hair with soft water, conditioner can make your hair feel greasy and slippery. It helps to use spray on conditioner and texturizing products. Here’s a few that I’ve been using lately:
Dry Bar Prep Rally Prime and Prep Detangler – This is a lightweight, pre-styling spray. I use it to help detangle my hair, as well as to protect my hair against the heat from styling.
LUSH Sea Spray – This spray was one of the first products I’ve ever purchased from LUSH. It’s a volumizing sea salt spray, which also adds texture and shine. You can use it on damp hair to add texture, but my favourite time to use it is when I brush out my curls.
The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray from Cake Beauty – Since I use products that contain salt to add texture, I also like to mix things up and use this product. The Wave Maker contains sugar, instead of salt, which helps to preserve your hair’s moisture. The light-weight formula adds texture and volume to your hair, without any stickiness. The bonus? It will also leave your hair smelling incredible!
If you are struggling with the effects of soft water on your hair, I can’t urge you enough to go to LUSH and try their shampoo!
It shouldn’t “matter,” but I wanted to add that this is not a sponsored post. I purchased the Seanik Shampoo bar from LUSH myself. Coincidentally, they reached out a few weeks later and sent some other products for review, like the Bubble Bar I posted about on Instagram.