Hot or Cold Water – What’s Best for Your Hair?

Hot or Cold Water – What’s Best for Your Hair?

You may or may not have heard that water temperature matters when you wash your hair. Some have heard that cold water is best while others will argue that they have been told hot water is better. Well let’s dive in and look at which temperature really is better for your hair!

Washing with Hot Water

Pros:

  • Just like washing the dishes: the hotter the water, the easier to clean. When you wash dishes you don’t use cold water, you use hot water because it cuts through everything and leaves your dishes squeaky clean. Well the same thing goes for your hair and scalp. If you wash your hair with cold water it is extremely difficult to scrub away dirt and excess oil on your hair and scalp. So you’ll need to bump up the heat in order to get that squeaky clean feeling
  • Hot water opens up the pores on your scalp which allows it to easily absorb moisture and natural oils that are good for your scalp and hair growth

Cons:

  • Hot water can dry out your hair and make it more frizzy. Its no secret that heat can cause frizz and the same goes with the temperature of the water your rinse your hair in. Like mentioned earlier, hot water cleans your hair and scalp well but this also means that hot water strips you of those natural oils that you need.
  • Extremely hot water can also weaken your roots and make your hair more easy to break

Washing with Cold Water

Pros:

  • Washing your hair with cold water is great because it seals moisture in your hair and on your scalp. That means your hair will be silky, moisturized, and frizz free!
  • As you can imagine, since hot water opens up your pores, cold water keeps them closed. Since cold water shuts your pores it keeps your scalp clean because it protects your pores from dirt and oil.

Cons:

  • On the other hand, since cold water does seal in moisture it can also cause your hair to lose volume and look flat
  • Another downfall about washing with cold water is that it makes it hard to clean your hair. As mentioned before, its a similar concept to washing dishes. It is difficult to get your dishes completely clean with cold water because it can’t cut through the grease and cold water also can’t cut through oil and dirt on your scalp and hair.

So which temperature is better for your hair? Well the answer is to balance. First off, when using hot water you should be more on the warm side rather than hot. When trying to get your hair and scalp clean on wash day use warm water to rinse your hair. Then massage your shampoo to make sure to remove all the excess dirt and oil and rinse it all out with warm water. Play with the temperature and turn it up little by little if you’re hair still needs an extra push to get everything clean. Next put your conditioner in your hair and make sure to rinse it out with cold water, this will help seal in the moisture. And there you have it, you’ll have clean and yet moisturized hair.

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