Can H2O Damage Natural Hair?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I think I may have figured out why my hair has been so dry for the past year and a half. I have always said the air in New Mexico is really dry, but I neglected to mention how hard the water is, and most of all, how a lot of folks here have experienced everything from itchy skin to poor hair growth because of it.

I only recently figured out the water thing after the harsh New Mexican H2O caused my brand new humidifier to clog and die. Before I realized the correlation to the harsh air and hard water I had to find a way to relieve my dry skin. Not to mention, help the hubs’ get relief from his itchy skin problems, my nasal congestion and frequent nose bleeds I experienced after blowing. I thought a humidifier would be the answer for those elements so I went out and purchased a Crane’s Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for our bedroom.

After the humidifier just stopped working I took it back to the local drug store to get another one in exchange. I thought it broke because our puppy Bolo knocked it over being a busy-body but I wasn’t going to say that to the sales clerk. Instead I said, “After two months it just stopped working.” The clerk said, “You are not the only person to bring this humidifier back after two months of use. Apparently the water in New Mexico is so harsh it is damaging this device. So we are currently doing an experiment and are giving customers filters to use to test how long the humidifier will last.”

Then I had an ah-ha moment. If the water here is doing that kind of harm to a machine, imagine what it is doing to my tresses. Now I clearly understand why my hair broke off and stopped growing. It’s obviously the water and my hair is not used to it!

So now what?

Natural hair loves water but my water seems to be poisonous. So how am I going to provide moisture to my hair? How am I going to wash it?!

Okay, a shower filter is defiantly needed and I am going to stick to washing my hair every two weeks. I might extend it to three weeks. That thought caused the hubs to raise an eyebrow. He just doesn’t understand.

For styling, as an alternative to applying tap water for moisture, I now use Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. The first and main ingredient is deionized water. Then I saturate my hair with Kinky-Curly’s Knot Today Leave-In Natural Leave-In/Detangler, my homemade rosemary oil, Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie with Coconut Oil, Silk Protein & Neem Oil and my homemade hair cream.

To help my skin stay moist in the land of enchantment I now religiously apply Shea Moisture’s Olive & Green Tea Bath, Body & Massage Oil with Avocado. Its anti-aging and ultra-moisturizing properties are amazing. Added to the oil, I spread on liberal amounts of my homemade body butter (I have a new recipe that I will post later) which also seems to work well for the hubs itchy skin.

Now one may think I am a spokesperson for Shea Moisture after reading my accolades about their products but I’m not. I just happen to like their stuff because it works. Like me, I hope it will help you, too.

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