Cold Rinse In The Winter

Cold Rinse In The Winter

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Winter is the time to wear chunky sweaters, drink hot cocoa, and lounge in front of the fireplace.  Sounds nice huh.  What doesn’t sound nice is conditioning your hair then having to do a cold rinse in the winter.

OK, let me start from the beginning.  Picture your current washday routine.  Normally we wash our hair using warm or hot water right? As we should. Warm or hot water opens up  the cuticles of each hair strand.

Per  Wikipedia :The hair cuticle is the outermost part of the hair shaft. It is formed from dead cells, overlapping in layers, which form scales that gives the hair shaft strength and provide protection for it.

Hair and Scalp
Hair and Scalp

When the hair cuticles are open, it allows the shampoo or co-wash to wash away any dirt or build-up on our hair and scalp.  It also allows the conditioner  to get down deep into each hair strand.

So why do a cold rinse?  Do we really have to do a cold rinse in the Winter?

I battled with this on my last wash day because I have  been fighting a cold.  I dreaded the thought of it first off being cold outside. Secondly I currently had a cold., and third I normally do a cold rinse on my hair after conditioning.  I mean…was it really necessary?  I will let come to your own conclusion on doing a cold rinse in the winter.

PROS
  • Closes hair cuticle
  • Locks in moisture
  • Gives hair shine
  • Cuts down on frizz
  • Water doesn’t have to be cold. Cool water is also acceptable
  • It’s super refreshing in the summer
  • Gives hair and overall healthy appearance
CONS
  • Cold/cool water can be uncomfortable
My Opinion on doing a Cold Rinse In the Winter:

It’s my opinion that doing a  cold water rinse is a smart choice all year round as part of a healthy hair care regimen.

TIPS
  • If  your still not convinced due to it being uncomfortable, then try doing what I do.  Purchase a detachable shower head.  I have had mine for over 10 years now.
    Detachable Shower Head
    Detachable shower head

    Let me tell you it’s a life-saver!  Detachable shower heads are convenient for multiple reasons,, and are easy to install and detach when needed.

  • Try waiting until you are out of the shower and dry to rinse out your conditioner.  Just use a detachable shower head and bend down over your bathtub or sink to do the cold rinse.  That way, the cold water runs straight into the bathtub or sink instead of down your body.

It’s never to later to make changes to you natural hair regimen, so give it a try.  Trust me, once you get used to it, it will just be another part of your routine.

So are you doing cool or cold rinses on your hair?  Why or why not?  Let me know and don’t forget  to like, comment, share, and subscribe.


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4 thoughts on “Cold Rinse In The Winter”

  1. Rinsing my hair with cold water – OUCH! That was my initial reaction but after reading the cons I think I might give it a try. Thanks for the great tips!

    1. I am not going to lie. It takes some getting used to! LOL I can’t stand being cold, but it truly is helpful and healthy for overall hair health. Thanks for reading!

  2. I use cool water to wash my hair and every since I started my hair has been more manageable and less frizzy. It feels healthier and has shine versus washing in warm/hot water. Great Post!

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