No not like that! But it’s still pretty exciting.
Its the hottest new thing! An amazing new product for your hair! It makes hair smoother, shinier, and more vibrant!
Wait… no? It’s not the newest thing? It has actually been around since humans started bathing…and its free??? Well that is still just as exciting!
Yes that is right I am talking about water, not just any water, cold water.
You’ve probably heard some rumor about rinsing your hair with cold water, a tip in a magazine, from a friend, from your favorite hairdresser… That it is better for your hair, makes it shiny, keeps it smoother, and less frizzy but did you know why it’s good for your hair?
To start off a quick lesson on the structure of your hair. Each individual strand is made up of three main parts; the medulla ( the very center of the hair ), the cortex ( the middle layer which determines the color and texture of hair), and then there is the cuticle layer (the outer layer around the cortex). The cuticle layer is like a protective layer and is much like the outer layers of your skin.
Now when you wash your hair with hot water it opens up the cuticle layer (imagine it like overlapping scales all being lifted up and exposing the cortex). This is fine when you are washing your hair as it helps release any built up dirt, product, etc. However if you leave the cuticle layer open it can make your hair appear dull and frizzy.
So before you get out of the shower it is recommended that you rinse your hair with a final cold rinse. The cold water makes the cuticle layer close back down (all those scales lay smoothly). This last step is sort of ‘sealing’ the hair off from any outside pollutants and in turn makes the hair have more of a natural shine and smoother feel.
It’s pretty simple and as it gets to be the Oklahoman summer you will be glad to dip your hair (and your whole self) in cold water!