- We need water to live. We are mostly water. But while water is a life-giver and replenisher, it can do bad things for your hair. Yes, water is also “humidity” in the air, and frustration for those with frizzy hair.
- Luckily, there are products to help deal with humidity and frizz. In 2008 I attend a launch of a revolutionary new product line: Living Proof No Frizz. This line of silicone-free, frizz-eliminating hair products was created with a new molecule: PolyflouroEster, that is enhanced/activated with heat styling. The new molecule is smaller than the traditional frizz-fighting ingredients, and the it provides a thin, smooth coating that produces a barrier against frizz , but unlike many silicone-based frizz-fighters, this one doesn’t weigh hair down and make it look and feel greasy within a short time.
The launch featured just the Living Proof No Frizz styling products , but now the No Frizz line includes shampoos and conditioners, as well in 2 oz.; 8 oz. or 24 oz. sizes (for $10, $24 and $59.00, respectively). Summertime brings humidity, and of course, more frizz. These No Frizz products can help tame your tresses so they don’t look so wild.
The Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and No Frizz Conditioner contain the same new anti-frizz technology the stylers. soft, smooth and frizz-free. They are good for all hair types, even colored hair, and they’re sulfate-free too, so you can use them after other anti-frizz/straightening treatments. They also help keep hair looking cleaner, so you don’t have to shampoo so often. The shampoo seems to “lift” the brighteness of your hair color as well, so highlights shimmer and are more apparent, and hair color seems, well, just a bit brighter, like someone took “plaque” off of each strand. I am not suggesting that the products strip color or change it, the technology just makes hair look shinier and prettier. If you want to purchase No Frizz products, they’re having a Summer special of a 4-piece travel sized set . Visit the No Frizz Web site
….But sometimes, a lot of water is good thing! The thing is, the water has to be good. A very simply way to make sure you have the best water possible, without fuss or bother, is with a ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher. This large pitcher has a pour spot on one end, a spigot on the other. FIll it with the water from your tap, and ZeroWater’s patented ion exchange filter claims to remove virtually all total dissolved solids, including chromium. Just so you believe it, you get a water tester right in the box! They even have a clever holder right on the top of the pitcher in which to store your TDS meter, so you can test your water every time you use it, if you wish.
I won’t go into the technicalities of the filter, but it has 5 stages to more effectively filter out the things you don’t want, leaving your water a thing of beauty and “taste.” The large pitcher does take up a bit of room in the refrigerator, but it’s the easiest way to get the entire family not just to drink all the water they should (especially important during the hot days of Summer and Fall) but to do it in a sort of fun way. There’s just something more satisfying about getting your ice-cold water in an attractive, ice-blue and white pitcher. Whether you position the push-button spigot in the front so you never have to take the pitcher out of the fridge, or you take the pitcher with you to the table and pour it into glasses, it’s an investment in your health. One thing to know is that the filter must be screwed into the top of the pitcher tightly, or unfiltered water may flow around the filter and into the dispenser. And, of course, filter replacement will cost you extra.
Why pay for the ZeroWater filter pitcher instead of another filter-pitcher? ZeroWater claims that conventional filtered water still has some TDS (total dissolved solids) such as salt, metals and other elements. Not all TDS are bad, and some come from natural deposits. But others are from man-made sources like old piping, road salts, leaves, etc. You don’t want these in your water, but you can’t see them. You can, however, still taste them. They can make ordinary tap water taste, well, “yukky.” ZeroWater has no TDS, the same as purified bottled water. True, the initial outlay for the pitcher, plus the replacement filters, is not tiny, bottled water over a years’ time, could be much more. There are several different sizes of ZeroWater pitcher: 8 cup, 10 cup and 23 cup at $35.00; $37.99 and $39.99 respectively. The replacement filters come in packages of varying sizes as well, starting at 2 for $29.99. As to how long the filter will last, that really depends upon how polluted your water is and how often you refill the pitcher. Reading over other reviews, the main complaint was that the filters only lasted for a short while, as little as 8 gallons of water, but when I looked at the water the reviewers were testing, they were showing samples of water so yellow or brown you could visibly see the TDS. If your water is reasonably clean and you aren’t refilling the pitcher every day, your filter could last for quite a while. You have the included water testing meter to check when it’s time for a new filter, if you are concerned. For those who appreciate good tasting, healthy water, the ZeroWater pitcher is probably a must-have in your home. Get yours online at www.zerowater.com