Hair care requires effort and one needs to take care of the smallest of the details. Everything, from deciding the right product to use to setting the right temperature of water, is important. On one hand, cold water is claimed to be the ideal temperature for a hair wash by many and on the other hand, hot water is, supposedly, better for cleansing hair. So let's dig a little deeper to sort out this confusion once and for all.
Effect Of Hot Water On Hair:
1. It opens pores and cleanses thoroughly
The steam of the hot water acts like a sauna and helps the pores open up. The open pores allow the scalp to absorb moisture and natural oils which are good for hair growth. Hot water also helps get rid of any dirt or excess oil accumulated in the hair.
2. It can make hair dry and frizzy
Rinsing with hot water results in taking away essential oils and moisture from your hair. This can leave your scalp dehydrated and hair frizzy and static.
Effects Of Cold Water On Hair:
1. It seals moisture
Cold water seals the moisture in the hair, which leaves the scalp hydrated. It also closes the pores, preventing dirt and excessive oil from entering the scalp. Open pores prove to be much more vulnerable to pollution, grease, and oil than closed pores.
2. It reduces hair volume
Cold water tends to traps moisture in our hair and doesn't let it leave. As a result of excess moisture, your hair can also look flat, with no volume.
This brings us to the perfect way to wash your hair which uses both cold and hot water.
Step 1: Start with warm water. Massage your scalp with your favorite shampoo and get the excess dirt and oil out of your hair. (Make sure the water is not too hot but more lukewarm - we don't want you to burn your skin!)
Step 2: Rinse out the shampoo with the same lukewarm water and apply conditioner.
Step 3: Wash off the conditioner with cold water and let it seal your pores.
All that's left to do? Flip your hair while people fawn over it.