One of the very best ways to extend the longevity of your organic hair color and maintain a healthy scalp and hair is to install a high quality shower filter. While moving around the US and Europe, I was always aware of how differently my hair and skin felt in different cities, even with a shower filter installed. Upon arriving in Alexandria, Virginia, it became obvious that not all shower filters are alike. I had installed the same brand of shower filter I had used in the past, yet I was still smelling chlorine in the shower. My hair and skin felt horrible, and it became particularly noticeable in the spring time. While doing some research, I found that the DMV area uses chloramine to treat the water instead of the traditional and more widely used chlorine. This led me on a mission to find a filter that would that would actually work.
At the same time, I decided to open Color Me Organically in Alexandria, VA, and I knew I needed a solution to filter the water in my organic hair studio. Washing freshly applied organic hair color with water containing chloramine just didn’t feel right, and I wanted to provide the highest quality experience to protect all of my guests. I thank my husband for finding Hydroviv during a late night google research session. Realizing they are based in DC, we called them the next day and had the most amazing conversation with the owner, Eric. I am not a scientist, so I will leave the technical details to them, but they have provided me with the most brilliant affordable system for my studio and home. They make the highest quality shower filter that actually works to filter out the chloramine in our water here in the DMV. After installing their shower filter, instantly my hair and skin felt amazing with no chlorine smell.
Whether your water is municipal or well, it is very important to filter as much of the chlorine/chloramine and minerals from the water to maintain a healthy scalp and clean vibrant hair. If we think of the scalp like the soil and the hair like the plant, then the water we use to nourish that plant is vitally important. In addition to filtering your shower water, it is also very important to be using the highest quality organic hair care products to maintain the scalp and quality of the hair. While shampooing a guest with the system installed in my studio provided by Hydroviv, I am protecting the integrity of the scalp and hair while prolonging the vibrancy of fresh organic hair color. I feel very strongly that we need to do everything we can, within reason, to reduce our exposure to chemicals while still enjoying luxurious, beautiful hair.
xx ~ Meghan