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Winter is here and just like every other year, you’ve probably started using hot water to wash your hair. Now, hot water might feel very comforting during this chilly season but it can do horrible things to your hair. We know that many people prefer using hot water for washing their tresses. Not only is it believed to be relaxing but can also efficiently cleanse the scalp, removing oil and dirt build-up.
Most experts, however, recommend that you avoid using hot water on your hair. You see, it can leave you with brittle, frizzy and dry hair. Instead, opt for lukewarm water as an alternative.
Here are four ways in which hot water can damage your tresses:
Along with removing dirt and greasy build-up, hot water can also strip off natural oil from your hair and scalp, leaving it dry and lifeless. This will make your hair look dull and frizzy.
Using hot water on your hair regularly can make it brittle and porous, leading to increased breakage and hair loss. Moreover, hot water opens up skin pores that can make your hair roots weaker, further aggravating hair fall.
The high temperature of the water can cause burning, redness and damage your scalp tissue, causing irritation and inflammation. This irritation can hinder the way your hair and scalp absorb nutrients and oxygen, leading to hair fall.
Dry scalp is one of the prime reasons behind dandruff and itchiness. Given that hot water can leave your scalp extremely dry, it can also lead to increased itchiness and dandruff issues.
Hot water is a big no but cold water isn’t recommended either because it is simply not efficient enough to cleanse your scalp. What’s more, it makes the hair look very flat. So, lukewarm water is ideal for washing hair. It won’t damage your hair, will feel soothing and manage to clean your hair.