Can hot water dry out your hair?

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So I live in Massachusetts and its very cold here so when I go to shower and do my co-wash the water is very hot, I like it almost hot enough before I can handle it on my skin (I know I'm weird maybe those who live in new england can relate?). I always do a cold rinse at the end but I was thinking the other day is it possible that these high temperatures can be drying out my hair? Please let me know what you guys think, thanks!

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co-wash- tresemme Naturals
poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
leave in- KCKT
Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
oils- coconut and Jojoba


Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.
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Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

That makes sense. I just wonder if there is a difference of warm or hot? Thanks for the help!

bi-racial (Black and Dominican)
3C ( I think...)
Products I'm using right now...
co-wash- tresemme Naturals
poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
leave in- KCKT
Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
oils- coconut and Jojoba


Okay so after searching the web, I found out that hot water does dry out your hair, damages the cuticle of your hair, strips it of its natural oils, and also promotes frizz (who knew?!). I read that the best temp to wash your hair is luke-warm and rinse with cold if you want extra shine or to reduce oily scalp (because as you said it closes the cuticle). The same goes for your skin which now makes sense why my skin is also so dry. No more hot showers for me! lol
The best water temperature to wash your hair: cold, warm or hot

bi-racial (Black and Dominican)
3C ( I think...)
Products I'm using right now...
co-wash- tresemme Naturals
poo- Loreal Everstrong sulfate-free
deep co- Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor
leave in- KCKT
Moisturizer- ORS Olive oil lotion
oils- coconut and Jojoba


I live in England and as it's soooo cold here I do the exact same thing!!

Thanks for the info, no more hot showers for me either

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Very good post. I never would have thought of this. Thanks!
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Unfortunately, I have noticed this.

Once the water was so hot, my hair smelled like the burn flat iron smell for a split second. I was rinsing my ends, so my scalp didn't feel how hot it was. Scared me!
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Cold water wash and rinse are better for my hair than I think anything else. My hair feels much more moisturize, is smooth and has virtually no frizz when I wash with cold water. I co-wash with totally cold water, once per week, at night before going to bed. I bend over the tub and stick my head directly beneath the faucet. That way I can still take super hot showers in the morning!
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Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Doesn't that mean that is also lets moisture in? I say this because I'm not sure what my porosity is but I've tried to put product in my hair after using cold water and it just sits there on top of it and not absord. The hot water and steam seems to help me quite a bit. Anyone else have a similar experience?
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Well it is said that cold water can close the cuticle of your hair. Maybe hot water will open it a bit which would let out the moisture, thus potentially contributing to making your hair dry.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Doesn't that mean that is also lets moisture in? I say this because I'm not sure what my porosity is but I've tried to put product in my hair after using cold water and it just sits there on top of it and not absord. The hot water and steam seems to help me quite a bit. Anyone else have a similar experience?
Originally Posted by ChewyCaramello62
I was gonna say that as well...

I usually rinse with extremely warm (basically hot ) water. I would agree, hot water def. opens the cuticles of the hair allowing products to completely absorb into the hair. i think its one of those things where you have to sort of work it to your advantage. Personally I like this because as soon as I am done rinsing I apply my leave in, which to me makes sense because my hair is most receptive probably after having been rinsed with warm water. Hopefully the other products I use are low enough in pH to close the cuticle back up... I haven't had any problems with dry hair.

It is true that cold water closes the cuticle. Its like a loose/loose if you use cold water whatever else you put in your hair after that might not absorb well...but if you use hot water your products will absorb but you just have to hope what your using has low enough pH to lay the cuticle back down or else alot of it will *escape*
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Right, well you start your conditioning etc. with warm/hot water to get the products to absorb into those open cuticles, but then finish your rinse with cold water to lock the moisture in. That's the method I've always read about.

For me, I generally condition in the shower with a shower cap on, and hopefully the heat and steam along with body heat will do some kinda magic.
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I definitely notice a difference with using hot water compared to lukewarm. My hair tends to tangle if the water is too hot. I always use cool water and a little conditioner before leaving the shower to smooth curls then proceed with styling products. They seem to go on better with smooth curls.
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I should have added that I apply a moisturizing conditioner to my hair while dry, put on a plastic cap, then wrap my head in a towel for 10 minutes minimum (sometimes as long as an hour if I'm doing other things). Then I rinse/co-wash with cold water. The moisture penetrates my hair pretty well and the cold water locks it in.

I quit using hot water on my hair a couple years ago though. My hair is so much smoother now.
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