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Good shower filter?

I used to use the Paragon Shower Filter by Home Depot but was wondering what other curlies that struggle with hard water issues are using for a shower filter, thanks!

Home Depot online also carries Sprite and GE brands. Anyone use either of those?
3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
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  • mpgirlmpgirl Posts: 1,163Registered Users
    I use the ewater filter /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fewater.com%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_tuulshop%26amp%3Bpage%3Dshop.browse%26amp%3Bcategory_id%3D12%26amp%3BItemid%3D1" class="Popup .

    I don't know that it has much effect on my hard water, but it filters out some of the chemicals like flouride and chlorine. They say to change the filter in 12-15 months.
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  • CurlyOver40!CurlyOver40! Posts: 758Registered Users
    We use this one:

    Aquasana

    They recommend you change the filter every 6 months.. but we go longer..9 months or so.. it's just the two of us using it.

    3a/3b

    Latest routine:
    Sauve Coconut CO
    Or
    Trader Joe's Nourish
    Giovanni 50/50
    Giovanni Direct Leave In
    JoicoWhip
    Newest Fav: Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    I remember trying the Aquasana in the past and used it for a wk or more and sent it back cuz it didn't work. That waterstick sounds nice but I read the instructions for regenerating it and it sounds like a pain in the neck. But does it make the water softer or just give average hard water? Maybe I read it wrong.

    Anyway, Home Depot.com is backordered on the Paragon Shower Filter Replacement so I decided to check out Lowe's website and noticed they had GE and Sprite filters so I decided to go there and take a look and they only carried the Sprite filters so I got that. It is built right in the shower head. With the shower head it was $31 and w/out the shower head it was $20. If it isn't any good in a wk or so then I will look into something else.

    So has anyone used the Sprite filters?
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    It sounds great. How many inches long is the unit? And is that the unit you have that shows on the link you posted?
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    You don't have to take a pic. I think I have the idea from the pic on the site. So how do you know when you have to add the salt? I noticed it mentioned that for 2 people 2 wks recharging would be around the time bracket and where I am just one person would I go a month? The part that confused me is where it says to take the 2 cups of salt and one half gallon of water and put in a bottle and mark where the salt is, so you add that solution to the softener unit and not just salt alone?
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Well it definitely sounds like something I am interested in. The water at my old address which is the same city as I am in now I struggled for YRS with the water just using the Ouidad WW Poo and Paragon Shower Filter and believe me they only helped my hair a little bit but they were certainly better than nothing. My last apt before this one had soft water but it was still city water and was just soft that way not by a water softener or anything like that.

    I asked the maintenance here at the apt and they did say I could put a shower filter on but I didn't ask about a shower filter softener but I can ask and I am sure it would be okay to use it here. Plus it is something that will be able to be taken with me whereever I go.

    Is your hair fine textured? I have coarse wiry hair that already has it's own problems in itself nevermind having to deal with hard water on top of that UGH!
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Colored hair from what I have read becomes porous hair and hard water can definitely mess the hair up and especially if there is iron in it. I read iron damage has to grow out and be cut off that nothing really removes it once the damage is there. I have six inches of virgin hair and six inches of demi permanent colored hair from last Dec along w/ a few inches left of Rusk Anticurl that will be gone in the next few haircuts and that part of my hair hates the hard water and when I had the total anticurl it hated the hard water and when I used to get hi-lights many yrs ago the hard water ruined my hair.

    I remember a hairdresser telling me that when fine hair gets damaged it still has movement and doesn't get brillopad like and she said coarse hair is altogether different and that is how it gets brillopad and hard and no movement. UGH!
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    I think when she cut my hair one time cuz my other hairdresser was out we were talking about coarse hair when it gets damaged and that it will not have movement and gets brillo like and she really didn't specify which type of fine hair such as wavy or curly she just mentioned that fine hair when damaged or overprocessed will still have movement and not be hard and brillo I guess as coarse hair gets. She of course did mention that fine straight hair being completely different than fine wavy or curly hair. She mentioned that the fine straight haired can do lots of coloring and they have such a tight cuticle that they get very little damage if any at all. She has fine, very loose curly hair more like some waves I guess and she mentioned her hair being able to take a few hilighting processes but that it can't handle it repetitively, she learned and she had to cut alot off. Also, she mentioned the Rusk Anticurl(I have had it done several times) just broke her hair off and while one time I did get some breakage my hair just got more brilloy.

    Nice to hear you like the waterstick. I'll let you know if I order it.
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Koukla72,

    I decided to go ahead and order that and it should be coming in the next few days. Where you are a renter, did you have to get permission to use this in your apartment?
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    I ordered the one Koukla72's recommended too and mine is arriving today. Yay, and thank you!!! Quick question, Koukla72, did you need to use the superglue as directed? I have an aversion to permanence.
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Oh, I just checked and mine is also coming today, yayy! I am so excited. I've noticed alot of white powdery stuff on the bathroom sink and on the faucets and also small pellets that are from the iron in the water coming out of the shower faucet. I have tried hard water poos, acv rinses, and distilled and nothing is working and none of my products have been working either so I am really hoping this helps me out.
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Lunacurl, I'm going off topic but I noticed you have medium/coarse hair. I have some medium but my hair is mostly coarse and I was wondering what products you like for your hair, thanks!
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    Lunacurl, I'm going off topic but I noticed you have medium/coarse hair. I have some medium but my hair is mostly coarse and I was wondering what products you like for your hair, thanks!

    Congrats on your filter coming today! We'll have to compare notes.

    As far as my hair, I have done a lot of experimenting as of late and it has finally paid off. I used to live on the Southeast and Northeast coast, but since having moved to dry Colorado it has been a real challenge. I am basically doing the exact things that did not work for me back East.

    So here is my current successful routine:

    I co-wash with no-poo maybe once a week. I don't always co-wash when I wash my hair. As a conditioner I use AOHR, [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]KCKT[/buylink], or KBB Milk that I partially rinse out with cool water. I no longer use a leave in. Then I smooth and scrunch in a tiny bit of Boots CC, lightly smooth and scrunch in a modest amount of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink], then lightly smooth and scrunch a small amount of Angell. I then plop for 40 minutes, then pixie curl diffuse.

    I never used to be able to plop or diffuse, but in my current climate it works and encourages my curl. And I have found that diffusing allows me to have 2nd and 3rd day hair! I have also learned that less is more for me. I used to use a larger quantity of product when back East and thought that my hair needed it because it was so dry, porous, and course, but in this climate it is the exact opposite. Heavier product application weighs my hair down here.

    So it was definitely a lot of trial and error. Oh, I am also now more diligent about weekly DT's with protein DT's every few weeks. I hope this helps. :)
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Lunacurl,

    Sounds like you have a great routine. Thank you for typing all that out. I need to start doing my wkly DTs again and I will as soon as I start using the new waterstick.

    My brother used to live in Colorado and he did say how it was very dry there and how it took a toll on his skin. He worked outdoors. Anyway, he loved it there. But I assume the water is hard there.
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Oh, okay I will look into a better handheld shower head too.

    The apt showerhead here doesn't just unscrew off, I have tried to remove it w/a channel lock pliers but that didn't work. On the shower head cuff it has two lines going across where I guess the plummers pliers are needed to remove it but I do not have that type of pliers. And I have already scraped the cuff a bit trying to get it off. UGH! When the maintenance did come to fix the screen I mentioned if I could use a shower filter and they said it was fine and he showed me how to put the pliers which would be in front and over the shower head onto the cuff. I think I will have to have them come to take it off for me.
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    I just received my Showerstick filter, and I was wondering if Koukla can answer something for me. The showerstick/waterstick itself is leaking. Not where it is screwed in, but the mechanism itself is leaking, between the connection of the large, long PVC pipe body and the smaller PVC spout thing. Does yours do this? To me this appears to be a manufacturer defect, but I hope not because on his website it appears that the buyer pays all shipping costs even if they have to return a defective waterstick.
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    No, I used plumbers tape on all the screw connections. There is water rising up, aka leaking, from the joint between the large, long PVC pipe and the smaller spout-like PVC pipe. It is leaking at the joint where two of the PVC pipes join. Not where the hoses are. :(

    I left him a message, so I'm hoping he will send me out a new one. I did a little online research and have learned that if there is leaking at a PVC to PVC joint it needs to be taken apart and redone. Glue, epoxy, and such will not work in the long run.

    Thank you for the help anyway. :)
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    crossing fingers. If he gives me a hard time I will attempt to steer him towards filing a claim with UPS for the item possibly being damaged in transport, that way he will be refunded the price of the item (provided he did the responsible thing and took out insurance) and his shipping costs, and can send me a new, non-defective one at no added expense. Sometimes my mind jumps to the worst case scenario without any provocation. Heck, I haven't even heard back from the man yet, so maybe he'll be super cool about the whole thing. I hope, I hope! :flower:
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • GettinControlGettinControl Posts: 828Registered Users
    Hi, I received my Waterstick today, it's on the heavy side so I hope the shower arm from the wall can support it as it already seems a little wobbly becuz the round thing that is attached to the tile isn't secure. These apartments are old. UGH! Anyway, I am not quite sure I put it together right....LOL but the bracket thing that holds the shower head came already attached to that short white hose which I attached to the chlorine filter, and then I attached the chlorine filter to the showerstick body and then attached the long white hose to the bottom of the showerstick body and then put the showerhead it the bracket. Does that sound right?

    I do not notice anything leaking but I haven't yet attached it to the shower cuz I am afraid the pipe isn't strong enough which is why I may just ask permission to use this cuz I do not want to be responsible for anything going crazy here.

    Lunacurk, did you already attach it to your shower or was it just leaking before attaching it?
    3a/b medium/coarse combo(w/some fine strands), normal porosity, normal elasticity(strong)
    Komaza analysis 2015: medium to coarse combo(some fine strands), normal porosity, strong elasticity, healthy hair
    Goosefootprints 2013: moderately coarse with some medium; low porosity at roots, normal thru shaft, porous ends, normal elasticity
  • LunacurlLunacurl Posts: 150Registered Users
    Hi, I received my Waterstick today, it's on the heavy side so I hope the shower arm from the wall can support it as it already seems a little wobbly becuz the round thing that is attached to the tile isn't secure. These apartments are old. UGH! Anyway, I am not quite sure I put it together right....LOL but the bracket thing that holds the shower head came already attached to that short white hose which I attached to the chlorine filter, and then I attached the chlorine filter to the showerstick body and then attached the long white hose to the bottom of the showerstick body and then put the showerhead it the bracket. Does that sound right?

    I do not notice anything leaking but I haven't yet attached it to the shower cuz I am afraid the pipe isn't strong enough which is why I may just ask permission to use this cuz I do not want to be responsible for anything going crazy here.

    Lunacurk, did you already attach it to your shower or was it just leaking before attaching it?

    It doesn't come with water in it, so it did not actually leak until it was attached and I turned on the water. Hope you have better luck. :)
    CG since 2002
    True 3b, but looser curls since moving to drier climate. BSL thick, medium-course hair with some 2C/3a on canopy. Curlygirl since 2001. Devachan client NYC from 2001-2005.

    -co-wash w/Devacurl No-Poo or Suave conditioner
    -condition Deva One Condition or GVP Balm
    -i never use a leave in
    -style with KCCC or Angell or Devacurl Styling Cream
    **likes: everything above. dislikes: glycerin, BRHG, KBB**
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