Q: We recently got a water softener for our home and I love everything that it does for my home, except the effect it has on
my hair. It is flat and lifeless!! Why? I have tried various shampoos and styling products but it seems to be getting worse. What can I do?
A: The first two suggestions I can make is to encourage you to use a volumizing shampoo and light conditioner. Since these are generally
more alkaline and will help to leave less stuff on your hair. In addition, you can use a mega-hold styling gel and try drying your hair
with your head inverted to maximize the volume in the finished style.
The other option is to try a shampoo designed to combat the effects of softened water on the hair.
Currently the only option I’ve found is a solid shampoo bar made by LUSH Cosmetics. This company is based in the UK and offers
information on shipping all over Europe and some other overseas markets. However, their “Soft Shampoo Bar” is available in the U.S.
The product has been reviewed in several forums online and is generally well-liked. Using a bar
shampoo does require rethinking the application method of your shampoo – bar shampoos are generally slid across the scalp and down the
length of the hair a few times before being massaged into lather. The “Soft Shampoo Bar” uses minerals to help bodify the hair a little
in areas where soft water is a problem for some women.