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Anyone else have soft water?

I've only lived in HI for a short time, but I think I might have really soft water. I used one of those RC test strips, but it gave me an in-between mineral content reading (making it hard by their standards) which doesn't seem right.

I'm basing this on the fact that everything I use on my hair lathers- shampoos, conditioners, gels, stylers, everything! It's really wierd. Even low lather poos like HCC, and Low Poo produce tons of lather and bubbles. I have to rinse really well or my hair gets this gunky white residue. I'm considering ordering RC's shampoo for soft water. Maybe it would work better (?). Not sure what to do about the conditioners and gels lathering, though.

I've often heard about hard water causing problems with the hair, but haven't heard about the effects of soft water. Other than using less amounts of everything, does anyone have any advice/experience with this?
Texture: Fine
Porosity: Low
Elasticity: Low
Density: Medium/High...I think


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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    Call the toll-free number for RC and tell them what reading you got and the suds issues. I had a problem determining mine before, and they were able to help me based on my description and info. They're great! (and if you get a gentleman, ask if it's RC, he often answers! tell him CurliLocks sent you!) ;)

    Let us know what you find out. I'm looking into a filter/water softener since our water is so hard here. :(
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Our water is really soft- we keep fish, and we've done water hardness tests to make sure it was ok for them. Turns out we're off the charts as far as softness goes. Thankfully it's not a problem as far as rinsing stuff from my hair goes, but others have had an issue with it.
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  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    That's why I went CG again, no suds. Everything lathers for me too. Shampoo takes three days to get fully out of my hair even if I rinse like crazy and co wash three times to try and get it out.
    After three days I only get suds looking stuff from certain leave ins. I also can't rinse out my conditioner fully. That one is a pain.
    I tried a shampoo with lots of salt that was supposed to help but it was just as bad if not worse.

    I tried putting a little shampoo in a tall glass of water too. As long as there are suds there is a problem.
    I was about insane trying to get the suds out before I gave in and just co washed. It's not perfect for my hair but at least no soap is in my hair.
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    Low porosity, medium texture.
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 8,423Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    test! :D

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  • ClaritaClarita Posts: 198Registered Users
    CurliLocks wrote:
    Call the toll-free number for RC and tell them what reading you got and the suds issues. I had a problem determining mine before, and they were able to help me based on my description and info. They're great! (and if you get a gentleman, ask if it's RC, he often answers! tell him CurliLocks sent you!) ;)

    Let us know what you find out. I'm looking into a filter/water softener since our water is so hard here. :(

    This reminds me! The RC shampoo that comes with the hair color was the only thing I've tried that didn't lather very much. I'm not sure why, though. :headscratch:headscratch.gif
    Texture: Fine
    Porosity: Low
    Elasticity: Low
    Density: Medium/High...I think


    ~~Lots of Little S-Curls and Corkscrews~~
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    Clarita wrote:
    CurliLocks wrote:
    Call the toll-free number for RC and tell them what reading you got and the suds issues. I had a problem determining mine before, and they were able to help me based on my description and info. They're great! (and if you get a gentleman, ask if it's RC, he often answers! tell him CurliLocks sent you!) ;)

    Let us know what you find out. I'm looking into a filter/water softener since our water is so hard here. :(

    This reminds me! The RC shampoo that comes with the hair color was the only thing I've tried that didn't lather very much. I'm not sure why, though.

    I don't get a lot of lather with it either, unless I use a lot or shampoo twice.
    SF Bay Area, CA * "The Angel-Goddess-Guru of Haircoloring" :D
    3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
    My Motto: Strand Test! some hair pics
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC] -- gone, but never forgotten.
  • redbadgercurlsredbadgercurls Posts: 31Registered Users
    the water at my house is super soft but the only thing i've really noticed is that it takes me forever to rinse anything out of my hair. there's hard water here in the dorms so everything rinses out pretty quickly. thats generally how i can tell how hard or soft water is is by how fast i can rinse out my shampoo.