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Can hot water dry out your hair?

CeariumQueenCeariumQueen Posts: 12Registered Users
Hello ladies and gents!

So I live in Massachusetts and its very cold here so when I go to shower and do my co-wash the water is very hot, I like it almost hot enough before I can handle it on my skin (I know I'm weird maybe those who live in new england can relate?). I always do a cold rinse at the end but I was thinking the other day is it possible that these high temperatures can be drying out my hair? Please let me know what you guys think, thanks! :wave:
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bi-racial (Black and Dominican)
3C ( I think...)
Products I'm using right now...
co-wash- tresemme Naturals
poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
leave in- KCKT
Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
oils- coconut and Jojoba


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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.
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  • CeariumQueenCeariumQueen Posts: 12Registered Users
    BekkaPoo wrote: »
    Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.


    That makes sense. I just wonder if there is a difference of warm or hot? Thanks for the help!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    bi-racial (Black and Dominican)
    3C ( I think...)
    Products I'm using right now...
    co-wash- tresemme Naturals
    poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
    deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
    leave in- KCKT
    Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
    oils- coconut and Jojoba


  • CeariumQueenCeariumQueen Posts: 12Registered Users
    Okay so after searching the web, I found out that hot water does dry out your hair, damages the cuticle of your hair, strips it of its natural oils, and also promotes frizz (who knew?!). I read that the best temp to wash your hair is luke-warm and rinse with cold if you want extra shine or to reduce oily scalp (because as you said it closes the cuticle). The same goes for your skin which now makes sense why my skin is also so dry. No more hot showers for me! lol
    The best water temperature to wash your hair: cold, warm or hot
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    bi-racial (Black and Dominican)
    3C ( I think...)
    Products I'm using right now...
    co-wash- tresemme Naturals
    poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
    deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
    leave in- KCKT
    Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
    oils- coconut and Jojoba


  • Curly_3CCurly_3C Posts: 9Registered Users
    I live in England and as it's soooo cold here I do the exact same thing!!

    Thanks for the info, no more hot showers for me either :)

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    Very good post. I never would have thought of this. Thanks! :wave:
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  • nana_banananana_banana Posts: 735Registered Users
    Unfortunately, I have noticed this.

    Once the water was so hot, my hair smelled like the burn flat iron smell for a split second. I was rinsing my ends, so my scalp didn't feel how hot it was.:eek: Scared me!
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  • aubinaubin Posts: 286Registered Users
    Cold water wash and rinse are better for my hair than I think anything else. My hair feels much more moisturize, is smooth and has virtually no frizz when I wash with cold water. I co-wash with totally cold water, once per week, at night before going to bed. I bend over the tub and stick my head directly beneath the faucet. That way I can still take super hot showers in the morning!
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  • manemanmaneman Posts: 136Registered Users
    BekkaPoo wrote: »
    Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.

    Doesn't that mean that is also lets moisture in? I say this because I'm not sure what my porosity is but I've tried to put product in my hair after using cold water and it just sits there on top of it and not absord. The hot water and steam seems to help me quite a bit. Anyone else have a similar experience?
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  • dc05dc05 Posts: 275Registered Users
    BekkaPoo wrote: »
    Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.

    Doesn't that mean that is also lets moisture in? I say this because I'm not sure what my porosity is but I've tried to put product in my hair after using cold water and it just sits there on top of it and not absord. The hot water and steam seems to help me quite a bit. Anyone else have a similar experience?

    I was gonna say that as well...

    I usually rinse with extremely warm (basically hot :D) water. I would agree, hot water def. opens the cuticles of the hair allowing products to completely absorb into the hair. i think its one of those things where you have to sort of work it to your advantage. Personally I like this because as soon as I am done rinsing I apply my leave in, which to me makes sense because my hair is most receptive probably after having been rinsed with warm water. Hopefully the other products I use are low enough in pH to close the cuticle back up... I haven't had any problems with dry hair.

    It is true that cold water closes the cuticle. Its like a loose/loose if you use cold water whatever else you put in your hair after that might not absorb well...but if you use hot water your products will absorb but you just have to hope what your using has low enough pH to lay the cuticle back down or else alot of it will *escape*
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  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Right, well you start your conditioning etc. with warm/hot water to get the products to absorb into those open cuticles, but then finish your rinse with cold water to lock the moisture in. That's the method I've always read about.

    For me, I generally condition in the shower with a shower cap on, and hopefully the heat and steam along with body heat will do some kinda magic.
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    "...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
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  • corkscrewcurls88corkscrewcurls88 Posts: 32Registered Users
    I definitely notice a difference with using hot water compared to lukewarm. My hair tends to tangle if the water is too hot. I always use cool water and a little conditioner before leaving the shower to smooth curls then proceed with styling products. They seem to go on better with smooth curls.
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  • aubinaubin Posts: 286Registered Users
    I should have added that I apply a moisturizing conditioner to my hair while dry, put on a plastic cap, then wrap my head in a towel for 10 minutes minimum (sometimes as long as an hour if I'm doing other things). Then I rinse/co-wash with cold water. The moisture penetrates my hair pretty well and the cold water locks it in.

    I quit using hot water on my hair a couple years ago though. My hair is so much smoother now.
    3c/4a OS curls
    Poo: Mehandi Zizyphus Spina Christi and Juniper Shampoo Bar
    Co-wash/Detangler/Leave-in: V05, Giovanni SAS, Tresemme Naturals, Suave Naturals, GVP Conditioning Balm, Aussie Moist
    DC: henna, AOHR, AOWC, Yes to Carrots, DevaOne
    Sealing: cocoa butter
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