Having healthy, luxurious, and strong locks of hair have been a cherished desire of many people over the years. However, only a small percentage of people are born with natural great hair, while others need to put in more time and effort to get a silky mane.
According to the Belgravia Centre, hair loss in women affects roughly 50% – while 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60, and 80% by age 80.
To help prevent hair loss and other hair problems from happening in the first place â€“ here are some tips that you can implement today to start taking extra care of your locks:
- Wash your hair properly and thoroughly.
- Care for your scalp by washing your hair only a few times a week instead of every day.
- Use a conditioner to soothe and moisturize your hair.
In this article, youâ€™ll find out more about the effects that water temperature can have on your hair.
What Is the Ideal Water Temperature for Washing Your Hair?
Keeping your hair clean is important for the health, shine, and growth of your hair â€“ so itâ€™s important that you consider the water that youâ€™re using when washing it.
Water plays a key role in your washing and conditioning routine because washing your hair in water helps shampoo spread across your scalp and penetrate into the hair, dissolving excessive oil and dirt, and rinsing away dead cells, dandruff, and shampoo.
The water should be warm, but if it is too hot, it can damage your skin and hair. You need a temperature thatâ€™s high enough to deep clean dirt and grime in your hair, but not so high that it causes irritation.
The perfect temperature to wash your hair in is around 100Â°F â€“ which is just above normal body temperature.
How Does Water Temperature Affect Your Hair?
Some people think that washing your hair in hot water can be destructive to your hair â€“ while washing your hair in cold water can help preserve the shine and strength of your hair.
Is this true? Letâ€™s dive deeper and examine the effects that hot and cold water has on your hair:
Washing your hair in hot water has its pros and cons. However, hot water doesnâ€™t damage the internal protein structure of your hair.
– Hot water strips hair of dirt, grime, and build-up.
Dirt penetrates into your hair, making it thin and brittle. Hot water dissolves this dirt, unclogs hair follicles, and helps the hair become cleaner.
– Hot water encourages blood flow to follicles in the scalp.
Therefore, different treatments for scalp and hair become more effective.
– Hot water allows for extra texture within your hair.
If you wash your locks in hot water, then your hair will appear more voluminous and it wonâ€™t fall flat.
– Hot water strips your hair of natural oils.
Your hair has natural oils, called sebum. These natural oils make your locks strong, shiny, and healthy. If the water temperature is too high, it can damage your hair by stripping it of valuable oils that contribute to their dryness and brittleness.
– Hot water dries out your scalp.
If your scalp becomes dry, it may cause dandruff and itchiness.
– Hot water weakens your hair roots.
Hot water damages your roots and if they are weakened, then your hair becomes frizzy and starts to turn gray prematurely.
It is believed by many that washing your hair in cold water is beneficial for your hair and scalp. However, this method also has some cons.
– Cold water preserves natural oils.
Some people may think that washing their hair with cold water is the best option for strong, silky locks. Cold water preserves the hairâ€™s natural oils, which keep your hair manageable.
– Cold water closes hair cuticles.
If the hair cuticles are closed, the hair remains smooth, shiny, and frizz-free because it retains its moisture and hydration.
– Cold water makes your scalp remain cleaner.
Cold water closes your pores, enabling your pores to become less vulnerable to dirt, oil, and grease. Therefore, your scalp remains cleaner for a longer period of time.
– Cold water can reduce the volume of hair.
Since cold water closes the hairsâ€™ cuticles, then the volume of hair can be reduced.
– Excess oil canâ€™t be cleaned out effectively with cold water.
Cold water doesnâ€™t clean your hair and scalp as efficiently as hot water does.
– Cold water can be uncomfortable.
Washing your hair in cold water can be unpleasant, especially in the winter months when temperatures start to drop.
Tips for Healthy Hair
If you want to maintain smooth, shiny, strong, and healthy hair â€“ then incorporating these basic tips below into your daily hair care routine will help guide you on the way to healthy and beautiful hair!
- Determine the schedule of washing the hair, based on the amount of oil your scalp secretes. For example: if your scalp is oily, then you can wash your hair once a day. If your hair is dry, then wash it less frequently, 2-3 times a week.
- Wash your hair with warm water at the beginning of the day because warm water helps open hair cuticles and pores on the scalp. Therefore, you will get rid of any dirt or build-up more effectively.
- Wash your hair with cold water at the end of the day for your final rinse to seal the hairâ€™s moisture, clump the hair together, and protect your hair. Cold water closes the cuticles, which adds shine to your hair.
- Dial down the temperature of your shower from lukewarm water when you apply shampoo to cool water when you apply conditioner and rinse your hair.
- Donâ€™t use hot water for cleansing and detangling your hair because hot water can damage your scalp.
- Use special water as a finishing rinse (such as acidic pH water from a water ionizer) to maintain the pH balance of your scalp. To obtain this special beauty water, you can use acidic level one from your Tyent unit. Acidic level 1 water has a pH of 5.5 â€“ the same pH that your scalp has. It’s best to maintain the pH balance of your scalp because if your pH is off, then it can lead to reddening of the skin, dryness, itching, and impairment of the protective function of the skin. So, make sure you use acidic level 1 water from a Tyent water ionizer as a finishing rinse to maintain your hairâ€™s ideal pH balance. As an added bonus, acidic water will smooth down your hair cuticles and give you amazingly shiny hair.
Now that you know the pros and cons of using warm water or cold water to wash your hair â€“ we recommend that you combine both warm and cold water going forward for best results.
Use warm water to get rid of dust and dirt in your hair, and then use cold water to rinse your strands after conditioning because cold water closes hair cuticles, promoting their strength and shine.
By using both warm and cold water to wash your hair consistently over time – you will be the lucky owner of strong, shiny, and healthy hair!
Itâ€™s also important to choose the right water to drink when trying to boost and maintain the health of your hair. By drinking Tyent hydrogen-rich alkaline water (known as hydrogen water), you provide your body with complete hydration that will help improve the texture of your hair and skin.
For optimal hair health and maintenance â€“ the best alkaline water to drink is from a Tyent water ionizer machine â€“ the only ionizer on the market with Hydrogen Boost.
Tyentâ€™s hydrogen water experts are also available at 855-893-6887 to discuss how hydrogen water is the best water to drink for your hair â€“ so give them a call ASAP.
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This guest post on hair health is brought to you by Helen Rogers, an editor at The Hair Style Daily. Maintaining interpersonal relationships emphasized the importance of Helenâ€™s writing. She believes that moral reasoning is the most significant factor in decision-making, and Helen focuses on the value of motivation and inspiration while acknowledging that different people have different views.