Yes, we know what you are thinking; how on earth do you take a shower without washing your hair? And even if you could do it, why would you? Well, there is a good reason not to do it; and we will explain that to you in this article. Now that winter is coming, and you prefer warmer water to soak your body in, this could be a bane for your hair. So, if you have been struggling with dry, lifeless, and dandruff-filled hair and blame the winters, it is not the season that is deteriorating your hair. Read on to find out why you should pack your hair in a shower cap and not wet it each time you shower.
1. It May Makes Your Hair Drier
A hot shower is the best way to unwind after a long day. But the catch is, steaming hot water may dry out your hair and make it seem like straw. The effect is much like using hot hair styling tools without heat protectants. So, you must avoid using too hot or cold water while washing your hair. Lukewarm water is ideal if you want to regulate the water for washing your hair in the winter months.
2. It Might Cause Hair Thinning
Constantly subjecting your hair to hot water to wash it might cause it to become brittle and break easily. You can expect more hair loss due to the opening of pores on the scalp that occurs while using hot water. In addition, when you shampoo your hair in a hot shower, the natural oils and the keratin that protects your hair from damage are washed out. This can cause your hair to become brittle and break.
3. It Might Make Your Scalp Itchy
Nobody likes scratching their scalp like a monkey, but winters can urge you to scratch your dry scalp more than otherwise. This escalates when you wash your hair often, as when the shampoo and water remove debris and product buildup, it also removes naturally occurring oils, leaving the skin dry and irritated. In addition, your scalp is protected from microorganisms by an epidermal lipid layer of fatty tissue. Hot water washes can remove this protective layer, leading to an itchy, irritated scalp.
4. Your Hair Color Will Fade Quickly
If you recently got your hair colored, your hairdresser probably advised you not to wash it in hot water. Hot water dries your hair and exposes the cuticle, enabling the color molecules to escape. The fresh shine of your hair color will last longer if you wash it with cool water after you’ve shampooed and conditioned it. Also, coloring your hair makes it more vulnerable to environmental factors, so you must use deep conditioners and appropriate shampoos to keep your hair color on for extended periods.
5. It Might Cause More Dandruff
If you are prone to dandruff, stay clear of hot bath water. Hot water makes your hair and scalp drier. In addition, if you wash your hair too often, it will make your scalp produce more dandruff and buildup.
6. It Will Cause More Frizz
Hair that is too frizzy requires specialized anti-frizz solutions. One cause of unruly hair may be the practice of taking steaming hot showers. As a result, the cuticle swells, and your hair seems frizzy because your dry hair is trying to collect moisture from the air. To avoid this, you need to limit your hair wash and use lukewarm water only for your hair.
How To Wash Your Hair
Even though now you know hot water is the reason behind most of your hair problems, it may get greasy if you don’t wash it for long. The ideal way to wash your hair is to keep a bucket of water separate for your hair. Once you are done showering with your hair in a shower cap, bend down to flip your hair to full length from the top and use a mug or container to wash the whole length with lukewarm water. After shampooing, rewash it with the water and apply a conditioner leaving two inches from the scalp. Once your hair is dry, gently comb it and keep it covered and tied to keep dust and dirt from clogging your pores.
Winters may feel like a bane for healthy hair, but it is not. You only need to give your hair and scalp a little extra pampering. A soothing hot oil massage and deep conditioning may help nourish your hair and replenish the dryness. So what is your secret to keeping your hair silky and strong throughout winter? Let us know in the comments section.