One of the first things I noticed after moving to Tel Aviv was how difficult the hard water made my hair. My fine hair was completely lifeless, my normally “golden blonde” color had definitely veered into “dishwater blonde” territory, and any healthy shine I had finally achieved after years of staying away from coloring and minimizing heat usage was gone. In the US, most water is soft water, which is much easier on your locks. But before resigning myself to dull lifeless hair for the rest of my life in Israel, I decided to research some remedies to hard water effects on hair.
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Solutions ranged from expensive filtering shower heads to special shampoo to, my favorite option, a weekly vinegar rinse. I would recommend considering the shower head if you’re looking for a long-term effective option. The filter also removes water impurities and chlorine found in soft water. Sadly, since we have kind of an abnormal shower, I’m not sure how we would install it.
Instead, I turned to the vinegar. If you have a Pinterest account, you’ve probably seen the “no-poo” fad of using vinegar instead of shampoo. While I’m not ready to take that leap, the basic idea is the same. Vinegar strips your hair or mineral and product residue while still being mild enough to keep from damaging it. Once a week, after shampooing, I add about two tablespoons of vinegar to a tall glass of water (I use white, but you could also use apple cider), and then apply it to my hair. I find it easiest to dip the length of my hair in the cup before pouring the rest over my head. I let it sit for a minute before rinsing and then conditioning like normal. Sometimes I feel like my hair smells like a salad after, but the conditioner gets rid of that.
Since I started doing a weekly, my hair is back to its shiny, bouncy (still unfortunately fine and rarely voluminous) self. In fact, it may be better than ever. One nice part about this solution is that you can easily bring some vinegar with you if you’re traveling somewhere with hard water for more than a few days, or you could just buy somewhen you get there. So, if you live in or are visiting a place with hard water and are hating your hair, you might want to give this vinegar rinse a try!