Hot Water for Head Bath: Ask IMBB

by jomol on November 29, 2012 · 18 comments

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Neha T. asks:

Is it fine to wash hair with hot water? I’ve read temperature of water affects hair quality, but during winters sometimes its so cold that I feel like washing them with lukewarm water. What do you people feel?

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neha November 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

My hubby is against hot water for the hair..
but look at this way, I have a serious sinus issue and if I use cold water for my hair, I will get a sinus infection 30 days a month instead of ten 😛
I think the temperature should be lukewarm, not too uncomfortably hot or cold, to each his own.:)
but defo not hot or ice cold


Shruti November 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Lukewarm water is fine, but not too often. It will suck all the moisture from your hair and leave it really dry. Same happens with skin too. You can try washing your hair with cold water in the noon or evening when its bearable. Winter mornings?..yes its very hard to use cold water then.


Neha November 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Yeah winter mornings make you think about it…so lukewarm it is I think


Nandini November 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

OMG! Today while washing my hair.. i was thinking of the exact same thing.. what should be the temperature.. I tried to make it a little cooler because they say cold water is better.. and then i started shivering. So yeah,lukewarm..


Kinjal November 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Lukewarm is fine in winter as even i have sinus problem, and i don’t loose hair more by this.. 🙂


neha November 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

kinjal :(( sob sob


Kinjal November 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

i have long hair so its to manage and every winter i end up having sinus once n for me it stays at least a week 🙁


neha November 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

for me it could last 15 days as well and the trigger can be a simple thing like a car ka Ac 🙁


Ranju November 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yes definite the lukewarm or very slight hot water.
Only the thing is have a hot oil (Coco + almond + olive or just Mustard if stingy smell is bearable) patting in night. Next morning without any hesitation go for comfortable lukewarm water head bath using diluted shampoo (1:1 shampoo & water) and conditioner (some time I avoid since the oil have done its wonder) .
And Girls my hair remains silky for next 2 days, it’s very hard for me to resist myself from touching them.


seetha November 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

@Neha, taking head bath with luke warm water doesnt affect your hair if u air try it immediately.


Neha November 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Thank you ladies 🙂
Think the best option is to either go for a wash during noon or use lukewarm water,especially for winters


ife November 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

shampoo with lukewarm water and final rinse with cold water 🙂
you can use cool setting of dryer to dry hair…
or sit under fan ….


himani November 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Washing hairs with Lukewarm water is good but not hot water as doing this can damage them


poorva November 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

hot water shouldnt be used ! lukewarm is fine… i guess
in winters here in delhi at least , bathing with cold water is impossibe so ya i use lukewarm for washing hair… n try n keep it on the cooler side as much as i can !


siri November 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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Abeer Mubarak November 30, 2012 at 1:31 am

I always have had bad experience with hot water bath..leaves my skin sooo dry and dull..and leads to lots of hairfall


JC November 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hot water is perfect to relieve the knotted muscles. Feels like heaven after the bath.

But it should never be used on the scalp. Luke warm water is fine for shampooing. But always wash the hair with water that is almost cold while washing away the conditioner to lock in the moisture.


Shuchi November 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

today only i had a bad hair day cos of warm water head bath


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