Throw away everything you thought you knew about water temperature and learn the benefits of both hot and cold water. Hot and Cold water both serve a purpose in your hair cleansing ritual and should be used differently to maximize your hair and scalp health.
Hot water- what makes it special?
Hot water deeply cleanses and helps dissolve your sebum, dirt and excess product that may be sitting on the scalp. Washing hair with hot water opens up your scalps' pores and enables your shampoo to unclog your hair follicles efficiently. When combined with your shampoo it will make cleansing a breeze and give you that ultra clean feeling you've been looking for.
Will it cause my colour to fade?
The simple answer is no! There are many other environmental, chemical(shampoo), and physical factors that can cause your colour to fade. It truly is a combination of factors that causes fading and not hot water alone.
How hot is too hot?
When using hot water you want to ensure that it is not too hot as you can scald yourself creating dryness and even damage to the hair follicle. As you experiment you will find the right temperature for your own unique needs. Ensure that you use this temperature with caution. It should never feel uncomfortable at any time; but it should be warm enough to feel as though you are getting a deep clean.
Cold water- what makes it special?
Cold water helps close the cuticle of the hair and constrict the pores on the scalp.
Closed cuticles are smoother cuticles which means you will have more shine, less frizz, and overall more manageable hair strands. Cold water also ensures your scalp remains cleaner for longer as it closes the pores, making it less vulnerable to grease, oil and dirt. Not only is cold water amazing for the scalp and hair it also packs some health benefits too!
Use cold water for up to 5 minutes 2-3 times per week to experience these additional health benefits!
Boosts Immune System
Cleansing Ritual Using Hydrotherapy At Home:
Begin With Warm Water: Before applying your shampoo rinse the hair very well with as warm of water as you can stand. This allows you to remove any product build-up, sebum and acts as a pre-cleanse.
Apply Shampoo: Shampoo as normal and rinse with tepid water(slightly cooler water then previous rinse)
Rinse Warm-Cool: Gradually turn the heat down and begin rinsing with slightly cooler water then the water you used while rinsing your shampoo.
Apply Conditioner: Turn down the heat again and apply conditioner to your ends.
Rinse Cool: Rinse as cool as you can stand and gradually turn down the heat.
Rinse Cold: For those additional health benefits cool down the water even more with each shower. There are risks of shocking the body if the temperature changes too abruptly from hot to cold- use these suggestions with caution & when in doubt consult a health care provider.
Always finish with cold water: This helps ensure the hair is frizz free and also offers a energy boost to start your day!
*We are not health care practitioners -before implementing these suggestions consult your health care provider when adding in new rituals like hydrotherapy* There are risks for those with heart & blood pressure conditions*