Clue: it’s natural, organic and saves you a trip to the shop. Still haven’t guessed?
Put down your hair products! This step is vital to having a great hair day everyday – without adding any chemicals to your hair. It works immediately after the first wash, and the longer you can maintain this step in your hair routine, the longer and healthier your hair can get. But there’s one dilemma, it only works if you can hack freezing temperatures.
Washing your hair is important, but the very end of the hair washing process is possibly even more significant. After spending forever and a day (or that’s what it feels like) washing your hair, you can’t just ruin your fresh locks. And that’s exactly what you’re currently doing. My secret?
Water. But it’s not just water. How you use water can literally make or break your hair.
Turn your shower on the coldest setting you can handle. I know you’re probably thinking I’m going insane in lockdown, or I’m asking for a bad cold, plus there’s nothing worse you can think of at the end of a nice shower. Trust me, I feel you! But all you need is a blast. An ultra fast cold blast of water, from your root to tips, and you’re good to go! Why? The science behind it is pretty startling…
This hair hack is based on the anatomy of the hair shaft, specifically the surrounding layer of overlapping cells called the cuticle. Under a microscope, the cuticle almost resembles the shingles on a roof. These “shingles” open and close depending on the temperature of the water you use when you wash your hair—this my friend is knowledge we can use to our advantage!
Washing with warm or hot water (warm is best) separates the overlapping cells of the cuticle, allowing the shampoo to penetrate the hair’s shaft deeper. And this is great and the most effective way of washing your hair, but we can’t leave our cuticle open. Oh no no honey, we don’t like hair damage on this channel. The only way to seal the deal with your hair cuticle, is by turning the water temperature on low just before you get out the shower – specifically I do this process to quickly wash out conditioner. As conditioner isn’t as effective with hot or warm water.
This improves shine, reduces the frizz biz and can really encourage healthy hair growth. I’m all about retaining the hair you have, especially if you suffer from alopecia or scalp conditions, hair regrowth is never promised. So whats -20˚C in the grand scheme of things?
Trying this for the first time can be daunting, so maybe switch the water onto cool at the end. Then after a few years like me, you’ll be freezing yourself for the thrill of it. Who doesn’t like frostbite? Who doesn’t like shivering? The guilty pleasures that get me through lockdown are coming out now aren’t they?! But I’m locking down my locks.. ba dum tssss… Too much?
Did you enjoy this post? Have you heard about this tip before? Could you handle a cold blast of shower? Is your lacking shine and looking dull? Will you be giving this a go? Comment below!