A question often asked in hair salons is what temperature should you use to shampoo and condition the hair. Most people perform both tasks while in the shower or bathtub. Both hot and cold water can wet the hair and rinse product from the hair strands. But, each has its drawbacks. One, though, is far worse than the rest.
Extremely hot water (think 120 degrees or above) should not be used on your hair or scalp.
Why Is Extremely Hot Water A Bad Idea For Hair?
It makes it easy to break your hair. When you use hot water to wash or rinse your hair, it opens up the hair cuticle wider than it needs to be. Applying any pressure, like brushing or combing, to the hair cuticle can damage or break it.
It weakens the roots of the hair. Hot water opens up the pores of the scalp. This has the potential for weakening the hair roots. If this happens, your hair can become frizzy and begin to curl.
It strips all the natural oils from the hair. The body produces a natural form of oil, known as sebum, which coats the hair, protecting it from environmental damage. Shampoo, applied with cold or warm water, removes the excess sebum, leaving behind enough to protect the hair. Extremely hot water removes all the sebum, leaving the hair vulnerable.
It is a potential danger. Water above 120 degrees has the potential of scalding a person's skin, including the scalp. And if you burn the scalp, the hair cuticle will also sustain damage.
How To Wash Your Hair
Extremely hot water is off the table. So, what temperature should you use on your hair and scalp? The answer is a mix of warm and cold.
For more tips on keeping your hair healthy, contact The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.