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Jessica Offenbaker

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Water in SAN ANTONIO is: VERY HARD

Posted by jessica offenbaker on June 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

See How VERY HARD Water Affects YOU and YOUR SERVICES and WHAT I CAN DO TO GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL RESULTS:

How VERY HARD water affects Bleaching/Highlights

Blonde or bleached hair or highlights that are regularly exposed to the Very Hard Water in San Antonio will show some distinct characteristics that you will readily recognize. Among these are:

 

  • Difficulty getting sucessful results from color services 
  • Dullness 
  • Brassiness
  • Dusty/chalky tones
  • Rusty Orange discoloration (iron buildup) 
  • Green discoloration (copper buildup) 
  • Poor texture
  • Lack of movement in the hair
  • Hot, smoking foils when highlighting your hair due to iron in the water

 

You might be surprised to learn how what’s hiding in your water affects your hair, scalp and skin and can sabotage your services! The problems shown above occur because Very Hard Water Over-Oxidizes hair while coating it with heavy mineral particles that do not wash away. Very Hard Water contains high levels of these calcium and magnesium “rocks.” Chances are, you are washing your hair in Very Hard Water several times a week, creating a massive buildup of minerals that will prevent color from adhering to the hair itself resulting in fading, ashy ends and lots of reformulating and rebleaching on my part. The only way I can combat these water-borne elements and give you healthy hair with great color and style is if I know what’s in the water and what to do about it. Tap water also affects the texture, brilliance and manageability of natural blonde hair, as does pool water. The good news is, I can offer a solution for this as well! 

There’s a Wellness Solution to Very Hard Water on Bleached and Highlighted hair


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When I see hair that shows the symptoms of exposure to Very Hard Water, I send clients home with a box of Malibu Wellness Actives Blondes Weekly Brightener to keep blondes (both natural and colored) bright, shiny and fresh, and to prevent minerals from building up again or chemicals from oxidizing the hair and ruining the color, texture and pliability. 


How VERY HARD water affects Haircolor

Hair that is regularly exposed to the Very Hard Water in San Antonio will show some distinct characteristics when I attempt to apply color that I will readily recognize. Among these are:

 

  • Difficulty getting successful, accurate results from color service 
  • Uneven color 
  • Constant reformulation 
  • Color not true to swatch 
  • Color fades within weeks or even days 
  • Lack of vibrancy 
  • Flat opaque reds and browns 
  • Chalky blondes with no sparkle 

 

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Malibu Wellness Actives Color PrepareMalibu Wellness Actives Color Correction

There’s a Wellness Solution to Very Hard Water when Coloring hair. When I see hair that shows the symptoms of exposure to Very Hard Water, I can start your Color service Malibu Wellness Actives Color Prepare before you color. This will help to clear much of the buildup from the hair and prepare it to receive the color service. If you are doing a touch up, I can substitute Malibu Wellness Actives Color Correction to gently normalize the color without lifting. Sometimes this is the only step I need to do to correct color that has gone dull or opaque. If your hair doesn’t show any problems or adverse conditions, I can send you home with a packet of Malibu Wellness Actives Color Prepare for you to use within a day or two of their your color service to remove minerals and oxidizers prior to coming in for their appointment. 

How VERY HARD water affects Scalp/Dandruff/Eczema

Hair and scalp that are regularly exposed to the Very Hard Water in San Antonio will show some distinct characteristics that you will readily recognize. Among these are:

 

  • Flaking 
  • Itching 
  • Redness or inflammation 
  • Irritation or sensitivity 
  • Dryness 
  • Flare-up of scalp conditions 
  • Abnormal Exfoliation 

 

Most of the products you use for dandruff and/or eczema are either tar based, which can suppress scalp exfoliation, or contain Zinc Pyrithion, a chemical which, when released into the environment has been shown to poison fish and other water-dwellers.

Malibu Wellness Actives Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer

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There’s a Wellness Solution to Very Hard Water on Dandruff and Eczema of the Scalp. When I see hair and scalp that shows the symptoms of exposure to Very Hard Water, I recommend the Malibu Wellness Scalp Wellness System -- a gentle, earth-friendly and highly effective shampoo, conditioning and treatment program. I also send you home with a box of Malibu Wellness Actives Dandruff/Eczema Weekly Scalp Massage to demineralize and normalize the skin of the scalp while helping to prevent buildup and soothing the symptoms of irritating scalp conditions. 

How VERY HARD water affects Haircuts & Styles

Hair that is regularly exposed to the Very Hard Water in San Antonio will show some distinct characteristics which you will readily recognize. Among these are:

 

  • Difficulty getting proper angle on cut 
  • Lack of flow and movement in hair 
  • Hair that lacks shine and natural translucence 
  • Precision cuts that don't behave when styled or require excess product to hold style 

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Malibu Wellness Actives<br/> Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer

 

There’s a Wellness Solution to Very Hard Water Damage on Cuts & Styles. When I see hair that shows severe symptoms of exposure to Very Hard Water, I recommend an in-salon Malibu MakeOver Crystal Gel Treatment with Power Protein Builder. This time-tested treatment gently removes mineral buildup and stops oxidation, replaces proteins in the damaged hair shaft and normalizes the hair and scalp. It is also critical to prepare hair to respond properly to chemical services. I send clients home with a box of Malibu Wellness Actives Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer to prevent minerals and oxidizers from building up again and to keep the results of your service looking good longer.

 

The Dangers of Oxidation from Chlorine in Your Water

The water in San Antonio comes from: Edwards and Trinity Aquifers (Ground source)

Dangerous Oxidation from the Chlorine in Your Water

Your water contains up to 1 ppm of chlorine. Treated water – from city plants – contains chlorine to kill bacteria and make the water safe to drink, but washing hair and skin in chlorine is the same as washing hair and skin in bleach: Hair proteins and hard water minerals become oxidized causing dryness, loss of color and dullness as well as scalp and skin problems.

The pH of Your Local Water and Its Potential for Problems

Your water’s pH is as high as 7. You already know that pH means the potential for hydrogen which leads to the potential for hair, scalp and skin issues! Higher pH immediately causes hair to lose shine and smooth texture, but an even more dangerous effect of a high pH level is that it induces the hair cuticle to open which can allow minerals to penetrate and damage hair proteins. Additionally, an excessively low or high pH can cause corrosion of copper pipes releasing tiny particles of copper that can attach to hair and cause discoloration. While the table above shows you the pH level reported by our local water plant, you should still test the water at home for its pH level so you can adjust your needs accordingly. Here's how:

Clients Who Use Well Water

Did you know that as many as 21,839 in Bexar county get their water from private wells? Even if you have Soft Water, many of you could be using much harder water at home from a private well. Private wells contain iron and a slew of heavy metals that discolor, add weight, cause breakage and hair loss and otherwise wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Well Water can cause many of the same problems as Hard Water. Symptoms include:

 

  • Dull, limp hair 
  • Brassiness 
  • Rusty orange discoloration (iron buildup) 
  • Poor texture 
  • Lack of movement 
  • Difficulty getting successful results from chemical services 
  • Dry skin or signs of premature aging

 

In addition to helping me better guarantee your in-salon services, knowing that well water is a factor can guide me in recommending products for use at home on hair, scalp and skin. The first step, if possible, is to have you bring in a sample of your water so I can test it. Knowing the content of your water is critical to the success of your hair, scalp and skin services.

You can get that information in one of two easy ways:

Request Water Quality Report or Test Your Water

Request a Water Quality Report

If you reside in an area serviced by a local water department, your water department is required by law to mail your Water Quality Report to you annually. If you do not have a copy of your most recent Water Quality Report, simply call your local water department and ask them to mail it to you.

Once you have your Water Quality Report, fax it to Malibu Wellness at 317.375.3175. Click here to print a cover page to accompany your faxed Water Quality Report. Once we receive your faxed Water Quality Report, we will analyze your water data and email you a customized analysis of how your water is affecting your clients’ hair, scalp and skin and your services!

Test Your Own Water:

If there is no local water department serving your area (which means your water comes from a private well), you can test your water with a water hardness test strip (available at your local pool supply store).

After you’ve tested your water and you know if your water is soft, hard or very hard, email your results to Malibu Wellness at [email protected] and we’ll email you a customized analysis telling you how your water is affecting your hair, scalp and skin.

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