Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Living: Hard Water Solutions

Problem: Hard water causing hair loss and dry skin
Solution: Filtered shower head

Not sure about the rest of you, but we have struggled with the hard water in a few different places we have lived in the US and then again here in Korea.  You see, although there are actually many potential inner health benefits to drinking hard water, it often tastes terrible and always causes major hair loss and dry skin issues. So if your hair has been falling out or breaking off since you arrived in Korea, this might be the culprit.

For the longest time, we just ignored the issue because we didn't want to spend crazy amounts of money to solve it. However, at a certain point, our vanity kicked in. No matter how much effort we put into our hair, it looked limp and dull and we were starting to worry we might just go bald with the rate our hair was falling out. We were hot messes.

Before investing our money in any expensive systems we decided to try something from Emart. We had found an affordable (13,000 won at the time we purchased it) and simple showerhead with a built-in filter. Since our shower was so nice, it seemed like a bit of a downgrade when we looked at it but we bit the bullet anyway.

As usual, we were completely wrong to doubt the simple Korean solution. We feel stupid for not having done it earlier. We noticed a difference after the first shower. Our skin and hair improved immediately. Not only that, it turned out that the inexpensive Emart showered head actually has higher pressure and is more comfortable than our old "fancy" version that came with our apartment. Showering feels like a luxury again. We have now replaced both our showers with this type of filtered shower heads. No looking back.

We do still have some questions though. Like, how long it will last? We started using it a few months ago and it's still working great but the filter system will eventually wear out. When that happens, can we just replace the filter balls or if we will have to replace the head when they wear out? We don't actually know. Either way, even we have to replace the entire showerhead regularly we think it's worth it since it's still cheaper than a full system for the house.

With that said, where is a closer look:

It's not fancy but it works brilliantly.

You can see the little filter balls inside.

It as a spray switch with two settings and off.
We have also seen similar shower heads at Daiso, Home Plus, and Lotte Mart but we haven't tried those. If you do, let us know how they work out. All we can say is this particular shower head has made a huge difference in out day-to-day lives and our skin and hair look better every week.