Is it really bad to go outside with wet hair?

United States
March 22, 2010 8:49am CST
I've always heard that but never been able to prove or disprove it. So, is it harmful to go out in the cool morning air with your hair still a little damp? I almost always cover my head anyway, so I don't see what kind of difference it might make. Anyone got real information on this?
1 person likes this
7 responses
22 Mar 10
Sometimes when I have washed my hair in the morning I've gone out of the house with damp hair and straight into the cold outside. I seem to find myself catching head colds within a day or so, I guess it's not such a good idea to leave the house with damp hair.
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Mar 10
I wonder what causes it? It doesn't make clear sense unless the pores of your head are just more open or something. But then how does it cause a cold? Maybe you had already been exposed to a cold???/
1 person likes this
22 Mar 10
I know you lose body heat more quickly from your head than other extremities so perhaps that's the reason
• United States
22 Mar 10
That's true!! It could be a factor!
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
I always know that it's not tidy for anyone especially for a woman to go out with damp or wet hair. But due to hectic schedule, I can't help going out with damp hair. And I've never experienced any sickness related to this. When I was a little child, we had a superstition that if you go to sleep with wet hair, you'll wake getting blind. But doctors say that it is just a superstition and sleeping with wet hair, in no way, affects our eyesight.
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Mar 10
I had never heard that superstition before. Perhaps someone started the saying to keep kids from going to bed with a wet head! I don't like the way my hair stands up in the morning after I do that!
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
Maybe that's the reason. Or maybe there were some incidents before that some people went blind after sleeping and they wrongly associated it with sleeping with damp hair. I don't like the way my hair stands also after going to bed with damp hair.
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
I dont know if its really bad to do that because I always go out with my hair wet and I have been doing that eve since there seems to be no problem at all. I hope somebody can tell us about the real information about this so that we will know if its really good or bad.
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Mar 10
Yeah, I would like some real information on it. I don't think it's bad yet but we'll see!
• Bulgaria
22 Mar 10
Well it's bad because you can catch a cold, especially in the winter :). If you cover you wet hair and go out in a cold day I think it's really bad because it's like you put a cold compress on your head. I go out with wet hair in the summer only and it depends where I am going - I won't go at work like this, but can go to the supermarket.
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Mar 10
I hadn't thought about it being a wet compress!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
22 Mar 10
i dont think it is really harmful because wet hair will not cause bugs like a flu or cold, germs do that. the only thing that it really does is cause discomfort.
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Mar 10
I don't think it could cause a "bacterial" infection as you get that from bacteria. And bacteria doesn't grow in the cold.. so that doesn't make sense!! you are right! I'm gonna have to research this one!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
23 Mar 10
I grew up hearing this from my mom. Cover your head and never go outside in the cold with wet hair. However years later I found out that there is no harm to it. However, for me I can't ever see going out with wet hair when its cold outside. Now I don't know if its because of the way I was raised but I just know I would freeze to much going outside in the cold weather with a wet head. I'm always cold to begin with so it just wouldn't work for me.
• China
23 Mar 10
i often get my hair washed in the morning and i will also get it dried no matter whether i will go out or not. The damped hair will make me feel uncomfitable. it seems to get my body feel cool,my head will feel heavy even headache. so i will never just let my hair wet.