Both hot and cold water provide benefits for our natural hair. We can effectively extract the benefits by applying them in a balanced way to our regimen. Understand when to use warm and cold water to give your curls and scalp a refreshing, revitalising and restorative fresh start with our top tips to note below:
When should you use warm water?
Warm water should be used when cleansing your hair at the beginning of wash day. This is because warm water allows the cuticles of the hair and pores on the scalp to open up. This helps to deeply cleanse your hair and scalp to help remove any dirt, residue or buildup that is tightly packed in the cuticles and pores. This is similar to washing your face with warm water, as the warm water opens up the pores to remove deeply embedded oil and dirt. However, cons to warm water is that it does create frizz and makes the hair dry, so warm water should ideally just be used when cleansing the hair.
When should you use cold water?
Cold water should be used when rinsing out the conditioner from your hair at the end of wash day. This is because cold water closes the hair cuticles and pores in the scalp. This process adds luster and shine to the hair as the cuticles have been closed. It helps in sealing in the hair’s moisture and also helps in clumping your coils and curls together for even more definition. However, while warm water creates frizz, cold water tends to flatten the hair.
Now you know how water temperatures affect our hair - you're good to manage your wash day to achieve your best curls yet with a healthy shine and a deep cleanse.
The Team at Flora & Curl