How To Wash Your Natural Hair: Hot or Cold? (via Curly Nikki)

Sometimes we just have to take things back to the basics. I follow Curly Nikki on Twitter, and noticed an interesting article she posted this morning about the pros and cons of washing your natural hair in both hot and cold water. This intrigued me because I’m the girl who showers in nearly scolding hot temperatures because I love the tinge it leaves behind on my skin (you can relate right?). Often times I wash my hair in the same temperature, so naturally I was curious to read this article on the benefits and setbacks of doing so. 

Here’s what I discovered while reading:

Hot Water

PROS: Rinses Away Dirt and Oil 

-Hot water and steam naturally open the pores, which is great for exfoliating and removing the oil from your skin.  Warm water allows the dirt and hair product that has accumulated on your scalp to escape the pores and be rinsed away. 

CON: May Result in Overly Porous Hair

-Hot water opens up the pores and the cuticle of your hair shaft. That being said, rinsing your hair with hot water too often can leave the hair overly porous, causing it to be dry and brittle. 
-Just as hot water helps to rinse away oil and dirt, it also strips your hair of its natural oils. 

CON: Causes Frizz

-Heat causes frizzy hair, and hot water is no exception. No matter what your hair type, the hair needs moisture to stay frizz free. Because hot water can strip the hair of natural oils, moisture escapes the hair shaft and results in frizz. If your hair is especially prone to frizz, you might want to turn off the hot water. 

Cold Water

PRO: Seals The Moisture In Your Hair 

-Opposite of hot water, cold water closes the pores and prevents from entering and accumulating on the scalp. Not only does it close the pores, it also closes the hair cuticle, sealing in moisture from the conditioner that you applied to your hair. 
-Don’t forget, more moisture means less frizz! Cold water retains your hair’s moisture, leaving your hair less prone to frizz.

PRO: Increases Shine

-Sometimes stylists like to finish blow drying with a blast of cold air because it leaves the hair shiny. The same concept can be applied to a cold water rinse. Cold water is known to smooth the hair by closing the scales of your hair cuticle, which in turn prevents frizz and adds luster to your locks. 

CON: Flattens Hair

-Because cold water leaves the hair smooth, it can also flatten your hair if you have a naturally thin texture. If your hair lacks in volume, or if you live in a particularly arid environment, rinsing your hair with cold water might result in flat hair and curls with no bounce. 


So what’s the verdict? Hot or cold? 

Curly Nikki says to use both. She says, “cleanse, condition, and detangle your hair with WARM water, not hot. You don’t want to burn your skin and scalp.” She also advises, “when you’re ready to rinse out the conditioner, turn the dial to COOL and run it over your hair for a final rinse.”

These are great informative tips from Curly Nikki! To check out the entire article, visit her site here

MIZANI Hosts Curly Nikki Natural Hair Meet Up in Atlanta


This past weekend was pretty crazy with the Bronner Brothers Hair Show in town. Mizani invited me an event at a local chic pizza spot called “Do” in midtown, where they were having a natural hair meet and greet with natural hair guru Curly Nikki.


Of course I couldn’t wait to go so I could have a chance to meet this awesome woman who’s helped all kinds of natural girls along their own personal hair journey (including myself). I mean, her site is LOADED with information that caters to girls who are going through the “big chop”, veteran curly girls, and even extensive product knowledge down to the ingredient.

The event was packed! I even ran into some of my blog followers as well as new followers who recognized me from the February curlBOX (hey guys!)! 


The event was great! Mizani’s mission was to have everyone chatting amongst each other and sharing their own personal stories to educate each other on what’s working for them and maybe some new things to try out. They had different hair stations set up with Mizani educators demonstrating new techniques and answering plenty of questions from lots of inquiring minds.


Ran into fellow Atlanta bloggers, Arkeedah and Lexi.

And I finally met Curly Nikki! She was absolutely adorable and so tiny (or maybe I’m just tall lol)! I loved her hair, like usual :) She recently came out with a new book titled, "Better Than Good Hair" , so you ladies may want to pick up a copy :)

Thanks for the invite MIZANI! Keep up the great education and see you next time you’re in Atlanta! 

**(I’m wearing a Prabal Gurung for Target sweatshirt and faux leather pants from H&M.)

Who else was there? What tips and tricks did you take away from the event? 

Contributing Writer on

Hey loves! Most of my natural hair followers should definitely know about this dope natural hair site called Curly Nikki ! Curly Nikki is the natural hair guru with awesome topics on EVERYTHING and more surrounding natural hair. 

I am so honored to be working with Nikki as a contributing beauty writer for her site! Check out my first post about how to pick out your summer bronzer (loyal followers, I know you’ve already read it on here ::wink:: ).

Click HERE for the post :) Thanks again for the support!!

**Check the comments section, readers are leaving a lot of great suggestions for their favorite bronzers as well!