Hard-water. Where ever I look on the internet I find that there is no way to deal with hard-water and no shampoo. It can be very frustrating seeing all those lovely videos on YouTube about clean Hair after a lovely shower.
If you’re stuck with hard-water then your stuck with dirty grimy hair. The thing is, you can have clean Hair and only wash with hard water.
It takes a little more time than usual and a little more patience. When I began my journey of no poo, I was determined to find a way to make hard water work. Even if I had to wait months for my hair to adjust. Truth is, it didn’t take long. I just didn’t realise what to look for and what it’s meant to be like.
The thing is, you can have clean Hair and only wash with hard water.
I’ve heard many different ideas like washing your hair with bottled water. This one was a catch 22. The whole reason for me going no poo was to stop using plastic. I also heard that you could wash your hair completely with cold water. I live in the UK and when it’s winter time, the cold water is far too cold to last a full head wash.
So what do I do? I spend a good amount of time in the shower washing my hair with warm to hot water just like I would if I used a product. As you wash your hair, you will start to notice the familiar sticky-ness that makes you resort to any sort of other option.
The stickiness is OK. Just carry on until you think you’ve massage and scrimp your whole head. Give your hair the last rinse with cold water for a few seconds. If you don’t like the cold water at the end of the shower then just bend over and only put the water on your head and keep the rest of your body warm.
The next step is to air dry your hair, but first, you need to use either a t-shirt or a micro-fibre towel to get as much water off as possible. You will feel that stickiness and start to worry whether you should use shampoo. Stay with it. This is where patience comes in. That stickiness is just the residue of your water.
The next step is to air dry your hair, but first, you need to use either a t-shirt or a micro-fibre towel to get as much water off as possible.
The most important part of the step is when your hair has dried then use your bristle brush and brush through each layer of hair starting from the bottom and work your way up. Scrimp and preen your hair. Don’t forget to scrimp and preen as this will help move the oils down through the Hair. Repeat the bristle brush again the next day. Scrimp and preen again and you should start to notice your hair becoming lighter and cleaner.
It is possible, you just need that patience to remove the residue from your hair.
I tried to not wash my hair for a couple of weeks which was a little frustrating as I started to get dandruff, after a good wash with hard water and the brushing, scrimping and preening, I was back to nice clean Hair.
Try it out and let me know how you got on. I am determined to stick to just water in my hair and I don’t want to be left out just because I live in an area with hard water.
The problem with hard water is that it leaves a lot of residue in your hair that you have to brush out. See my post about what I use on my body.