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Is manhattans water ruining my hair?

sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I moved to manhattan in may, and I just went home for the weekend. Home being Rockland county. I realized my hair looks great after I wash it at home, but horrible when I wash it in manhattan. I thought it was the blow dryer I used so I took it to the city with me and my hair still is frizzy and weighed down. I use all the same products in both places, same methods, amounts and everything, yet in manhattan I get no volume and frizz all over. Could it be the water??? I'm freaking out! How do I combat this?!
Medium texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity :shock:

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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,210Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    doesn't manhattan's water system come from westchester, or?? not manhattan. however, maybe it picks up minerals in the pipes in your apartment bldg??
    if it is, then maybe you need to low poo more often. i'd also use something like cj daily fix to cowash as it has an ingredient that helps to remove minerals.
    not sure. i am sure, tho, that others more knowledgeable will be able to help you more.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Someone in the "hair business," who used to live in Brooklyn told me that the water in NYC is "soft" water--no minerals. I don't know if it's "softened" water. Our vacation home has a water softener, my hair prefers the water at "home," which is moderately hard--a 3 of 4 when I set up the espresso machine. Maybe it's just what one is used to that's the issue??
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
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  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,210Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    kathymack wrote: »
    Someone in the "hair business," who used to live in Brooklyn told me that the water in NYC is "soft" water--no minerals. I don't know if it's "softened" water. Our vacation home has a water softener, my hair prefers the water at "home," which is moderately hard--a 3 of 4 when I set up the espresso machine. Maybe it's just what one is used to that's the issue??

    you know, that is what i was thinking instinctively because when i've been places that have soft water, my hair is not good. it's almost as tho it needs some minerals to give it 'backbone.' LOL

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    when i stayed a week in ny last year. statan island. the water was all sulfery and white. lots of sulfer. my hair was soo dry that week. its deff ny water. suuucks
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rbb wrote: »
    kathymack wrote: »
    Someone in the "hair business," who used to live in Brooklyn told me that the water in NYC is "soft" water--no minerals. I don't know if it's "softened" water. Our vacation home has a water softener, my hair prefers the water at "home," which is moderately hard--a 3 of 4 when I set up the espresso machine. Maybe it's just what one is used to that's the issue??

    you know, that is what i was thinking instinctively because when i've been places that have soft water, my hair is not good. it's almost as tho it needs some minerals to give it 'backbone.' LOL

    I think it's the salts that you put in the water softener that my hair doesn't like.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • bookgirlbookgirl Posts: 128Registered Users
    NYC has pretty much the "cleanest" water in the nation, as far as drinking quality goes - very few mineral deposits, etc. Great for hydrating your body, but it means the water may be softer than you've been used to living elsewhere.
    2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

    CG since 10/12

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