Daily Archives: July 11, 2011

Aquasana Water Filter


In January of this year, I came across this article on NaturallyCurly.com regarding the hair, skin and health, benefits of using a shower water filter.  The article states:

Did you know that we actually absorb 100 times more chlorine and chemicals in a 10-minute shower than from drinking the same unfiltered tap water? Anyone who has been in a chlorinated pool can relate to the harsh drying effect that chlorine has on one’s skin and hair. However, most people do not realize that chlorine—and a lot of it—can also be found in our household bathing water, often the same amount or even more than is recommended for swimming pools. Good-bye soft curls! Hello, frizz!

In addition to the obvious health risks of bathing in chemical-rich water, the cosmetic effects are disastrous, especially for those of us with naturally curly locks. Chlorine wreaks major beauty havoc by stripping the natural protective oils from skin and hair, causing excess drying, which leads to frizz, and, even worse, advanced aging (gasp)! Fortunately, there are some simple and affordable options for protecting your hair, skin and overall health when sudsing up.

The article goes on to recommend the Aquasana Water Filter, which has been named a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest for six consecutive years and “one of the seven healthiest new products for your home” by Health magazine in June 2010.

Given that the water fixtures in my home are destroyed every few years by hard water corrosion and the calcium/limescale deposits are visible, I decided this was an investment in my health and hair that I was willing to make. Although I consider this my ultimate PJ moment ($70, not including the filter replacements that will have to be purchased two times a year), I think it was the one that was truly justifiable! My skin doesn’t get super dry and tight after showering anymore and though my hair was never dry or dull looking, I know that the water I was using to wash and rinse it wasn’t doing it any favors.

As we all know, water is the key to moisturized hair. And, if the water we are using isn’t good, how can we expect our hair to be? So, if you struggle with dry skin and/or dull, dry and frizzy hair, maybe it’s not your products or your hair, maybe it’s your water.

(If you’re interested in a water filter, NaturallyCurly.com readers can still purchase the Aquasana Water Filter at a special reduced price of $67.99 [regularly $84.99]. Click the hyperlinked article above for the Aquasana link and offer.)

Do you use a shower filter? If so, have you noticed a difference in your hair/skin?


Cornrows and Pin-Curled Twists Updo


Here is an updo that I tried last year after seeing this video by WestNDNBeauty on CurlyNikki.com. Since I don’t know how to do two-strand flat twists well, I used cornrows instead. Though my hair is fine and doesn’t look as lush as WestNDNBeauties, I still think it turned out well. However, I think that doing protective styles like this too often would actually be detrimental to my hair growth goals. Because my hair is fine, the manipulation involved with cornrowing damp hair felt a little too rough and I think I experienced some breakage doing them. There is a decision that had to be made in regard to using a leave-in. Something too slippery made it hard for me to braid my hair and for the braids to hold. But something not slippery enough made for more damage. So, if you have fine hair like me and want to give a style like this a try, choose a leave-in that provides enough slip to prevent/reduce tangles, but not so much that you can’t get the braids to hold.  I tried Infusium 23 initially and that didn’t work well at all! It just didn’t provide any slip. Then, I tried the kimmaytube leave-in and that was too slippery. It made my hair very difficult to grasp, though it would probably work very well for someone with thicker, kinkier hair that absorbs moisture and oils readily. I think a modified kimmaytube leave-in (reduced or no oil) would have probably worked the best and will use that the next time I want to attempt a style like this.

(The picture quality isn’t that great as this was before I started using a real camera! But, the camera phone served me well for a long time.;-)

HairStory Contest!!! *CLOSED*


Don’t forget!  Send me your HairStory by July 31st and be entered to win any Ready to Ship item of your choice from the Etsy shop, Threadmill! This shop has the cutest variety of hand-crocheted hats that you’ll find and at the most reasonable prices. And, for any order you place from now until the end of July, you will receive 10% off of your entire purchase (excludes S&H charges) when you enter coupon code: HAIRSCAPADES10*.

A winner will be selected and announced in the first week of August.

So, get to writing and Happy Shopping!!

*Dottie, of Treadmill, will be on vacation for two weeks, beginning  July 2nd. Therefore, she will not be able to ship items until her return.