Hot water and hair loss


Staff member
Washing your hair with hot water can be very damaging, leaving you to deal with problems like hair fall, dandruff, and an irritated scalp.
Avoid using hot water-it can leave you with brittle, frizzy and dry hair. Instead, opt for lukewarm water as an alternative.
Here are four ways in which hot water can damage your tresses:
1. It can leave your hair dry
Along with removing dirt and greasy build-up, hot water can also strip off natural oil from your hair and scalp, leaving it dry and lifeless. This will make your hair look dull and frizzy.
2. Shampooing with hot water can increase hair fall
Using hot water on your hair regularly can make it brittle and porous, leading to increased breakage and hair loss. Moreover, hot water opens up skin pores that can make your hair roots weaker, further aggravating hair fall.
3. It can cause scalp inflammation
The high temperature of the water can cause burning, redness and damage your scalp tissue, causing irritation and inflammation. This irritation can hinder the way your hair and scalp absorb nutrients and oxygen, leading to hair fall.
4. Hot water can give you dandruff
Dry scalp is one of the prime reasons behind dandruff and itchiness. Given that hot water can leave your scalp extremely dry, it can also lead to increased itchiness and dandruff issues.
So, what should you do?
Hot water is a big no but cold water isn’t recommended either because it is simply not efficient enough to cleanse your scalp. What’s more, it makes the hair look very flat. So, lukewarm water is ideal for washing hair. It won’t damage your hair, will feel soothing and manage to clean your hair.