Hard Water Alternatives



A frequently asked question; can I still do the WOHW method if I have hard water, and what are the alternatives?

Evidence Of Hard Water

Evidence Of Hard Water

Well first let’s talk about what hard water actually is: Hard water, is water with a high level of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium, and calcium. Which is the total opposite of soft water and can make a huge difference in the experience you have on the WOHW method. If you aren’t sure  you have hard water there are easy, simple ways to spot the signs, without purchasing a kit or having someone come out to check. It’s very self-evident. Look for the following signs:

  • Soap scum in sinks and bathtubs
  • Bathtub rings
  •  Spots on dishes or shower doors
  •  Reduced foaming and cleaning abilities of soaps, shampoos and detergents (this is very easy to spot)
  •  Dingy and yellowed clothes with soapy residues that require extra rinsing to remove
  •  Clogged pipes from buildup of minerals
  •  Increased water heating costs from buildup of minerals, reducing efficiency of water heaters
  •  Possible skin infections from bacteria trapped in pores underneath soap scum
  •  Ezcema (new outbreaks)
  •  Overly dry hair
Look at the damage hard water can cause.

Look at the damage hard water can cause.

  I actually have hard water myself, and I’ve been using a shower head filter, so my experience has been very positive. However, I believe that if I had soft water instead of hard water, I wouldn’t need to cleanse my hair as often (I cleanse roughly every 7 weeks). The filter only removes a percentage of the mineral deposits and chlorine. It does absolutely nothing to affect the hardness of the water, hence the build up (coupled with the build up of sebum).  I knew my experience could improve dramatically, if I had soft water. So I began searching for softening systems, and found that the cost was more than I wanted to spend. With softening systems ranging from $600 to $3,000 or more give or take (Keep in mind the prices go up and down and the size of your home will play a large role in the cost). I knew that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon….so what to do? Well, I thought about purchasing the waterstick, which is a portable softening system that requires the use of rock salt ( cost range $70-$300 with accessories), which is drastically different in cost, however, I procrastinated like I often times do, and simply never got around to making the purchase. I’m glad I did knowing what I know now.


What’s The Alternative To Hard Water?

Can you believe it’s DISTILLED water? I feel quite foolish not looking for an alternative sooner. For some reason I was under

Distilled water is the same as soft water.

Distilled water is the same as soft water.

the impression soft water had to be attained through some costly methods. One gallon of distilled water literally cost 88 cents! That’s right…freaking 88 cents!  Another shocker, (probably just to me, lol) boiling your water will also result in soft water. I boil my tap water often, for food use, or when my water filter needs replacing. Never knew it was soft water. Cost Effective Sources Of Soft Water:

  • Rain (this one was not a surprise to me, as I make it a point to collect any rain water for my hair) I absolutely love the way rain water feels on my hair.
  • Distilled water
  •  Boiling water before use (research boiling water to soften)




This Is How I Use Bottled Distilled Water

First I transfer just enough water into a container; so I can use it comfortably to pour over my hair. Then I heat the water to a comfortable temperature (remember not too hot, warm is preferable).  The purpose of heating the water before applying it to my hair, is to allow the cuticles to take the moisture in.  Hot/warm  water opens your hair’s cuticle, while cold water does the opposite. Also using a hair rinse with a pH of 4-5.5 is also an option.


Results of water rinsing with distilled water was quite impressive. My hair turned out super soft and shiny.

Results of water rinsing with distilled water was quite impressive. My hair turned out super soft and shiny.


The next day after rinsing and allowing my hair to dry over night, I could tell I was going to be impressed with the results. My hair was shinier, softer, the sebum appeared more oily verses waxy (absolute plus) and my curls were plump! That’s right, I said curls….Since starting the WOHW method, my once springy curls turned to wavy/curls. I believe the heaviness of the sebum was weighing my curls down, which was fine with me; it gave me nice clumping without product. Now my wavy/curls appear fluffier. The only con I can think of is having to pour it over my head manually.

What’s your experience with soft water/distilled water? Are you using a softening system or are you buying distilled water in order to get the benefits of soft water? I’m still working out a method for using it myself. Not sure how I feel about using a jug or bottle and manually pouring it over my head. I want something that’s a bit more carefree. However, with the results I received I’m willing to go through the inconvenience of it. That doesn’t mean I won’t be standing under the hard water stream in my shower, LOL.  I’m also thinking about looking at a few videos on how to set up a system with a mini pump, and holding jugs to store the distilled water.

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  1. Majara Williams

    Reading this i had a great idea for a cheap alternative. Try using a pressurized water sprayer. The hand held kind that you use for gardens and pesticides and weed killers and things. I used to use one to give my dog a bath after we had the waterline to the hose shut off. You have to pump it by hand but the one i had could spray a lot of water before having to pup it again and it was very good at soaking her fur. A nice water stream. The kind i had didnt have a hose so it would be heavy. Thats a down side. But they do make ones with hoses. I imagine the hose definitely weakens the water pressure, you probably wont get quite as good of a stream but im definately going to try. It’s definitely better than pouring water on your head.

    Also i was wondering if i could have your email. If its not asking too much i want to ask you some questions about protective styling and also about dandruff and scalp issues. I dont know who else to talk to about it. I would love to watch all of your videos but right now i dont have Internet. I only have the data on my phone and videos take up a lot of data.

  2. Majara Williams

    Also adding on to what i was saying about the sprayers. I guess a better name for them is “pump sprayer”. They are pretty cheap, most are $15-20. Heavy duty ones $50-100.

    The issue with the hoses are that they have a long stick attached on the end since they are for gardening. It may make using it a challenge, i havent tried it yet.

    • Wateronlyhairwash

      Hi Majara Williams. Great idea still. I’m sure there’s a way to work around the long stick attachment. I actually have something like what you describe in my garage; we use it to spray around the perimeter of my home during the spring and summer (ants and spiders, UGH). Thanks again for the suggestion! 😉

  3. I have a question I’m very interested in starting this method. When first starting (meaning I have no sebum yet) do i keep my hair in twist? I love wash n goes for the summer but I don’t want to add gel if I’m doing wohw. How do I get the look without my hair drying out/not adding additional products?

    • Wateronlyhairwash

      Hi Sheena. Your wash n goes will look slightly different when you are not adding product to your hair. It depend on your hair texture, and how well your hair holds its curl without sebum or product. Once you have total sebum coverage, your wash n goes will be more defined. When I want to wear a wash n go, after rinsing my hair I twist it up in large twist and rinse with very cold water (for me cold water helps to really define my curls and waves). I allow my hair to semi dry while in the twist. Once my hair is just damp, I untwist the hair and let it continue to dry (this works for me), but every head of hair is so different you’ll want to experiment with your wash n goes until you’re happy with it. It may take some time… As for your fist question, the answer is yes. You’re going to first clarify your hair and put them in twist until you have sebum coverage. Check out this video explaining the way I started:https://youtu.be/tvONPQTYtfY
      Hope this will be helpful.

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