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Updated on Wednesday, March 5

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QUESTION: The place I'm renting has soft water. My hair looks wet and slick immediately after showering, even when it's "dry." I'm using less conditioner and shampoo as I read soap lathers better in soft water. What else can I do? Should I be rinsing longer? I'm sick of greasy hair.

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  1. no conditioner.

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    1. honestly, this. I found that when my hair was conditioned it was greasy, but when I stopped it was nice and soooft :D

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  2. I've read that using baking soda mixed with water instead of shampoo helps. 1 tbs baking soda per cup of water. You can google it for more info.

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    1. +100
      I do this every 4-6 weeks. And use regular shampoo/conditioner the rest of the time.
      Scrub your scalp with baking soda, then rinse your hair with diluted apple cider vinegar focusing on the ends (the smell doesn't stay in your hair once its dry).

      The baking soda will remove any chemical build up from product and leaves your scalp feeling great and the vinegar makes your hair soft and helps remove tangles.

      I use 2 tablespoons of each with just a tiny bit of water added in the shower. The baking soda will become a paste.

      You can also wash your face with baking soda (don't scrub or you will hurt your skin). It is great for cleaning out your pores.

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    2. + 100000
      Shampoo and conditioner, like most drug store products, only perpetuate the problem so that they can sell you more of the solution. I.e. they make your hair greasier so that you'll have to buy more shampoo than you would need if you had never touched their product to begin with. And most people think that it "works" because if you stop using the product, your scalp is used to having the oil stripped off of it daily and thus produces more to make up for it, so you will feel like you need to start using chemical shampoo again to get rid of the excess oil when really it's the cause of the excess oil to begin with.
      Same goes for acne products. Most are nothing more than oil strippers, maybe with some micro-plastic pellets thrown in for "exfoliation" (read: abrasion).

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    3. 2a here
      I thought I should clarify that you should rise BETWEEN the baking soda and vinegar...not rise the baking with vinegar.
      We don't want a grade 3 science experiment on your head.

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  3. If you shampoo and condition everyday, your body will produce more oils.
    Cut down to every other day,...your hair will seem greasy at first, but your body will adjust and begin to produce less.

    Source: Have long hair

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    1. +1. My scalp has adjusted to a shampoo on every 4th day.

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  4. I have the opposite problem, i use conditioner and my hair still feels dry.

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    1. Try using argan oil as a leave-in conditioner for the dry parts of your hair! I find it works best in a spray bottle as it's a little thick.

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  5. I'd kill for soft water here.

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  6. Better than hard water..

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  7. Omg I wish I had soft water at our place.

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  8. I am the opposite soft water makes my hair so much better. Maybe consider trying a dry shampoo?

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  9. You know what else is soft?

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    1. Let me guess, your flaccid penis?
      so original
      much joke
      very innuendo
      wow

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  10. OP,

    Go to Sally Beauty Supply and pick up a clarifying shampoo. It'll make a world of a difference. It's similar to the baking soda/vinegar mentioned above but it's actually made for the hair. It's likely your hair has a lot of buildup and clarifying shampoos are created to remove excess buildup in your hair.

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    1. It's so strange; I don't use products in my hair and I've never had this problem before.

      I actually did buy a clarifying shampoo this week (by Live Clean) and it's making an improvement! Once it goes back to normal, I think I'll be using this as an occasional cleanser.

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