4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT LET (SCALDING) HOT WATER TOUCH YOUR HAIR
When water touches your hair be mindful of the temperature… hot water may be damaging your hair.
Who doesn’t love a hot shower or a hot water hair wash? Its relaxing, comforting even…Most people actually prefer hot water for washing their hair. In the salon some of our clients believe the hotter the water is, the better, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth, and it is not worth its potentially damaging consequences. Washing your hair regularly with hot water can lead to issues like hair loss, dry scalp, and other scalp issues all due to the underhanded trauma hot water can cause.
Yes, the water used to wash your hair should be at a relatively warm temperature to cleanse your scalp and to remove build-up and excess oils. However, if too hot, the water used can result in brittle, dry, frizzy hair as it disrupts the hair cuticle. And yes, cooler water can be used to close down the cuticle to avoid fizziness. However, drastically shocking the hair on both sides of the spectrum can cause irreparable damage to your hair. You should also be mindful of hot water touching your tresses when water setting your braids to ensure your protective style is not “protecting in vain”.
Here are 4 consequences to using hot water on your hair.
Hair Loss and Shedding
Hot water leads to dryness and irritation, which may result in unnecessary itchiness and dandruff. If you suffer from dandruff, try checking the temperature of water used on your hair and in the shower.
A quick tip to ensure you are using the right temperature for your hair. Use the inside of your wrist to test the water. If its too hot there, its too hot for your hair.
Also, hair and scalp conditioning after shampooing may alleviate the effects of hot water used. However, if you already suffer from dry hair, conditioning may be dwarfed and may pale in benefit. Simply put, you should always use conditioners if you suffer from dry hair, but do not use it as a primary follow-up to hot water use. Instead try to wash your hair with mildly warm water, condition as needed, and follow up with a cool rinse as your last rinse to ensure shiny, pliable, elastic, hydrated hair that behaves.
Oh, and if you are missing that “oh so relaxing” feel produced by hot water, try adding a steamer to your process. It keeps the direct heat off of your hair, but allows for the opening up of your cuticle and your senses 😊.