Are you a victim of hard water? Can't use shampoo bars? A customer recently informed us that their daughter, who had been using our shampoo bars with great results at home, went off to college this fall...and had a horrible experience using them with the hard water at school. Their solution? A Culligan Filtered Showerhead. Problem solved. Here's what the customer said:
It works! She now has softened water for her shower and the shampoo bars work just as perfectly there as they do here at home. And her two roommates are happy with the softer water, too!
Another option is an Aquasauna filter which is more expensive, but I've heard good things about it on forums.
Please note: I have no personal experience with a shower head filter, so I can't vouch for them one way or the other. This information is provided for you based on feedback we've received from customers. Results may vary depending on the mineral content in your particular corner of the world.
Another possible solution which some customers have had success with both at home when hard water is present, and when traveling, is with baking soda. Baking soda may help with hard water and even transitioning to shampoo bars as it counteracts the buildup from hard water minerals. There are two ways that people have found works well using baking soda:
One, take your damp shampoo bar and dip into a little baking soda and then lather the bar up on your head. Rinse and then follow with an acidic rinse which will pH balance your hair and scalp.
Two, mix 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of warm water, shake well and saturate dry hair in the shower with this mixture before shampooing (for longer hair you may need a little more). Lather up well with one of our natural shampoo bars, rinse thoroughly, and then finish with an acidic rinse which will pH balance your hair and scalp. Leave the acidic rinse in for as long as possible (5-15 mins) then rinse out if you are using it at full strength. Typically, hard water causes most issues during the lathering stage, so that's why it's important to start with the baking soda and water, but rinsing with hard water should be just fine.
If you'd prefer not to use baking soda, there is always the option of using distilled water to saturate your hair before shampooing and then again afterwards to rinse. Distilled water contains no minerals, so once hair is saturated, shampooing with a natural shampoo bar will be a breeze.