Monthly Archives: March 2016

ion Hard Water Shampoo + Conditioner

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Ion Hard Water Conditioner

Having healthy hair when you live in a hard water area is a formidable challenge. The mineral deposits from hard water causes hair to feel rough and tangled. Over time, this can lead to hair breakage and severe hair damage. As a result, when I came across ion’s Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner, I was desperately intrigued! It claims to do the following:

  • help eliminate mineral build-up from hard water (and well water)
  • reduce dryness, damage, dullness, and discoloration
  • leave hair soft, shiny, and manageable
  • safe for chemically-treated hair
  • safe for daily use

ion’s Hard Water Shampoo has a consistency similar to a gel facial cleanser that is easy to apply. The clean, fresh fragrance is nice but not overpowering. First, I did a quick ACV rinse with a 50:50 ratio of Bragg’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) and distilled water. Then, I applied the Hard Water Shampoo to my wet hair, concentrating the product at the roots. I massaged my scalp for 30 to 60 seconds and then rinsed.

The first time I used this product, I shampooed twice, but I have found a double shampoo is completely unnecessary. The second time, I used a large gob of the shampoo. That, too, was completely unnecessary. This product works well, but a little goes a long way! I would say only a teaspoon or so (max) is needed for medium-length hair. Less for short hair or those with fine strands, and slightly more for long or super-thick hair.

After only one use, I noticed an immediate difference in my hair. The shampoo eliminated about 75% of the tangles in my hair (without any prior detangling) almost on contact! The rest I removed by gently finger detangling.

Next, I applied ion’s Hard Water Conditioner. It has a very thick consistency that I love with the same fragrant scent as the shampoo. I left the Hard Water Conditioner on for a minute or two and then rinsed my hair. As the final step, this conditioner moisturized my hair and left it feeling soft and pliable.

I love that both of these products are 100% vegan and are safe for chemically-treated hair. Considering how well they work, they are a bargain at $13 for a 1-liter bottle of shampoo. My only complaint is that the conditioner is the same price for only 12 fl. oz. I will definitely be buying another bottle of conditioner before the shampoo comes even close to running out! But, considering how amazing ion’s hard water product line is, I don’t really mind. For others, like me, who live in a very hard water area, I can see this quickly becoming one of your staple shampoos and conditioner.



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Trudging Along … An Annual Length Update

My biggest hurdle in the last year has been keeping my hair hydrated. (The struggle is real!) The year-round humidity I have to constantly battle has been brutal. Even in the height of winter, where I live, humidity can be in the mid 90s! Although I edged past shoulder length a while ago, the discovery that I live in a hard (to very hard) water area, has been enlightening, to say the least. For instance, it has at least armed me with the necessary information to understand why I experienced so many single strand knots (SSKs), dry ends (regardless of daily moisturizing), and hair breakage (despite a commitment to only using direct heat on my hair twice or thrice a year, max).

The moral of this story? If you are experiencing stunted hair growth, investigate, investigate, investigate! It could be that you need to change your products or alter your hair care routine. Or, it might be due to something completely out of your control, like hard water. But, even if you do have to dance around your local tap water, there are still viable options available to you. I’ve purchased a new shampoo and conditioner combo (review coming soon)! I have also recently started re-utilizing the GHE method. In the meantime, after multiple trims in the last year due to severe tangles, here’s where I currently stand …



15″ (shortest strand) – 15.5″ (longest strand)




15″ (shortest strand) – 16″ (longest strand)


11.0″ (shortest strand) – 12″ (longest strand)

I experienced quite a bit of breakage due to the hard water in my area. As a result, I also had to trim my hair excessively (more than normal) to prevent additional damage. So, I was basically only able to maintain my length from last year, which means, essentially, I broke even … no loss … no gain … I just maintained my length all over.


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