Is it Bad to Go Outside with Wet Hair in Winter?

Let’s face it. Not everyone has enough time to dry and style their hair every morning. Often, you will see some women walking out in the streets with their hair dripping wet. Perhaps they hit the snooze a few times this morning. Or maybe they have an early appointment, so they don’t have enough time fully dry their hair. Now that the temperature is starting to drop, you are probably hearing your mom’s voice saying, “don’t you dare go out that door until your hair is dry”.

You have probably heard this phrase a million times when you were younger. Your parents would warn you time and time again against going out with wet strands, especially when it’s raining or freezing outside. They said that go out in the cold will with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold and get sick. Often, they would use an authoritative tone to tell you that they are serious. But is there some truth to that?

pexels-photo-436792Is it really bad?

Winter is the time for sniffles. In fact, the incidents of colds and flu peak in winter. What we need to understand, however, is that the cold, freezing temps alone won’t make us sick. Viruses and bacteria are the real culprit here.

The idea that going out with wet hair will lead to a cold is a myth. Sure, it can affect your body temperature and make you shiver, but it’s not going to make you sick. However, the chilling air combined with the dampness of your head can compromise your immune system. This can make you more susceptible to cold and flu. Whether you get sick or not depends on your exposure to the virus.

Often, people get sick during the winter because they spend most of their time indoors. The chilly winds and freezing temperatures, combined with the sealed windows make it impossible for fresh air to come inside. The quality of indoor air inside your space is poor and it gets circulated again and again. The combination of poor indoor air and weaker immune system may be what’s making you sick.

To prevent coming down with the flu, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Increase intake of Vitamin C-rich foods. Also, wash your hands from time to time.

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