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Is Hard Water Bad for Color-Treated Hair?

Dec 28, 2022
Woman bathing with a handheld shower head Whether you get your hair dyed at a salon or you do it yourself at home, you want the color to remain vibrant for as long as possible. While you may purchase all the best products on the market and do everything in your power to maintain your hair’s appearance, there’s one large factor that will determine how long your colored hair lasts: your home’s tap water. Although you may invest in color-safe shampoo and conditioner, the water you wash your hair with can either help or harm your color. If you live in Florida, odds are, you have hard water running through your home’s pipes. Certain parts of the country are more likely to have mineral-dense water, and the Sunshine State is one of them. While hard water won’t impact your general health, it can surely affect the health of your hair. Keep reading to find out why hard water is not the best for color-treated hair.

Your Hair Dye Will Fade More Quickly

Have you ever noticed that your hair color is never more vivid than after you first get it done? Most hair salons make sure to use softer water on their clients’ hair, but as you wash it in the coming weeks at your home, hard water could wear down your color and cause it to fade. Hard water is mostly composed of calcium and magnesium, which can both change the color of your hair.

Your Hair May Feel Stiffer

When you walk out of the salon, you may be amazed at how soft and luxurious your hair feels. While this may be due in part to the products added to your hair, the water used to wash your hair also plays a large role. While soft water will enhance your silky strands, hard water can cause your hair to feel stickier and less pliable.

Ways to Protect Your Color-Treated Hair

If you have hard water in your home, all hope is not lost. There are a few things you can do to preserve your hair color:

Invest in a Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment

If you’re a renter or you’re on a tight budget, a pre-shampoo hair treatment may do the trick. You can use this product before you wash your hair to help prevent hard water from causing mineral buildup and color stripping.

Purchase a Water Softener System

The best way to protect your color-treated hair is to buy a water softener system for your home. These systems will remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from your home’s water supply, resulting in softer water that is better for your hair.

Contact Florida Energy Water & Air

Florida Energy Water & Air has been serving homeowners throughout the state for over 30 years. We carry some of the best residential water treatment solutions on the market, including RainSoft water softener systems. To kickstart your healthier hair journey, contact us for a water softener installation. We look forward to working with you.
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