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Reviewed and recommended: Aquasana shower filter

Reviewed by Marta March 23, 2008 5 Comments
A while ago, it suddenly struck me that I've been going the wrong way about the fight against frizz and dull, lifeless hair. What if shampoos, masks and conditioners are not really treating the core problem? What if the core problem is the water that is coming out of my shower head?

I started to research shower filtering systems and settled on Aquasana. It comes with a refill filter and the consensus seems to be that each filter lasts about six months (assuming normal, once a day showering habits)

This isn't just about hard water. Did you realize, for example, that there is more chlorine in tap water than in most swimming pools. Chlorine is horrible for hair and, for that matter, skin.

The Aquasana (pictured below) has a two-stage filter system. The first removes chlorine and restores the PH balance with a copper/zinc mineral formula. The second stage uses carbonized coconut shell to filter chemicals.

I installed it at our house in the Catskills. Our water comes from a spring via the 400ft well that we had dug. I've always found this water dry and chalky and find my skin, hair and nails get very dry up here. The Aquasana Shower Filter is transforming. The hairbrush glides through my hair after a shower (no more dry tangles) and my skin feels so soft that I am tempted to skip body lotion.
  • June 27, 2010

    by Ellena

    The review will be ready probably by September as the filter will come in August and l will wait about a month before writing a review. I hope l found something that really works in the shower for both problems that l find to hard to deal with in Arizona: high chlorine levels as well as very hard water (e.g. calcium/magnesium/iron at very high levels). Apparently this filter comes with a test to try the hardness of water (something to try before and after). I also asked and found out that the KDF filter as well as the component parts of the water sofener and tge PVC plastic used for parts are NSF certified.
    I hope my "once perfect" curls will come back again!

  • June 22, 2010

    by marta

    Thanks Ellena. Looking forward to hearing how it works out.

  • June 22, 2010

    by Ellena

    I finally found something called a water stick that attaches to the shower. It has a KDF chlorine filter attached to a water softener, $170. I will try and get back with a review.

  • June 14, 2010

    by Ellena

    Hi there,
    I live from a year now in Phoenix, Arizona. Whenever I take a shower, my scalp falls litteraly appart and my curly hair starts falling not to mention that my oily skin has become as dry as the sonoran desert. I have tried different filters from Homedepot but they do not make any difference. I am willing to try this Aquasana filter but if any of you knows a stronger or a better one, please let me know. It will be considered a life saver :)
    PS: I will be renting, meaning that I can only have a filter that will not disrupt the way plumbing is done in a rental appartment.

  • March 25, 2008

    by Bag Babe

    <p>I purchased something like this from Home Depot a few years ago. The thing that is important to note is that the filter must be replaced on a regular basis, depending on the frequency of usage. And yes, that chlorine odor is noticable, and certainly can't be good for the skin (or, perish the though, accidentally ingesting)</p>

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