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Old 16 January 2011, 02:20 AM
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Comment: I have heard it repeated often, particularly in Asian societies,
that both going to sleep with wet hair, or walking out in hot weather with
wet hair, will cause a person to have headaches. Is there any medical
research that supports this rumor?
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Old 16 January 2011, 02:32 AM
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I don't get headaches after I sleep with wet hair. It just makes me cold :P I do get a headache if I put my hair up in a ponytail or bun after I wash it. It's pretty long, about down to my waist, and you wouldn't think it being wet would add that much weight to it but apparently it's enough to make my head hurt.
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Old 16 January 2011, 05:03 AM
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Mom's saying was that, in Canada, going out with wet hair would get you a head cold.

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Old 16 January 2011, 06:49 AM
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Hmm. My hair is currently dry. I currently have a headache (I think I've had a cold all week).

Myth busted.
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Old 16 January 2011, 01:21 PM
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Driving around for the last couple of days, I discovered that the sun glaring off an unbroken snow pack will give me a headache. Didn't check my hair, though.
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Old 16 January 2011, 02:13 PM
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I often go to bed with my hair wet (it takes hours to dry). I also live in a hot climate and have been outside many, many times with wet hair. It's never caused me any headaches.
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Old 16 January 2011, 06:23 PM
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Yes. And if you sleep with a fan on, you will suffocate and die.
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Old 16 January 2011, 06:31 PM
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Mom's saying was that, in Canada, going out with wet hair would get you a head cold.
Same here. And her mother believed a woman mustn't wash her hair when having a period as it would make her ill. I routinely wash my hair and let it dry naturally. I can't remember when I last used a hairdrier on it.
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Old 16 January 2011, 07:03 PM
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All I know is that going outside in the cold with wet hair makes my hair shiny and lustrous (the cold closes the cuticles) and going outside in warm weather just makes in frizzy. I've never gotten a headache or other problem from going outside with wet hair in any weather.
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Old 17 January 2011, 07:50 AM
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I have very occasionally got a headache from going out with wet hair in the freezing cold.
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Old 17 January 2011, 07:53 AM
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Going out in the cold with wet hair gets me frozen hair. No headaches, though.
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Old 17 January 2011, 03:12 PM
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Driving around for the last couple of days, I discovered that the sun glaring off an unbroken snow pack will give me a headache. Didn't check my hair, though.
You hair must be wet. There's no other explanation!
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Old 20 January 2011, 12:08 PM
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I rarely dry my hair completely. it's short but there is a lot of it and it takes an ages to dry. I don't wash it at night for this reason but more often then not leave for work with it still fairly wet, summer/winter/whenever. Never know it to give me a headache.
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Strangely I had a headache with wet hair yesterday. I don't think it was cause-and-effect though.
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Old 20 January 2011, 12:40 PM
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walking out in hot weather with
wet hair
Do people not swim in these communities? Hot weather is a reason to get your hair wet!
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Old 20 January 2011, 01:56 PM
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My hair is curly and there have been times that is dried and curled so tightly that my scalp was pulled slighly, and that caused a mild headache. This isn't going to be an issue with someone with typical Asian hair.
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Old 20 January 2011, 05:00 PM
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I have very occasionally got a headache from going out with wet hair in the freezing cold.
This happens to me as well, but I think it's more a reaction my scalp suddenly becoming insanely cold than the fact that wet hair would create some other condition inside my skull (vascular or muscular or... I dunno... what causes headaches?) that would make a headache. When my skin gets beyond cold, it hurts. Going outside in the winter with wet hair bypasses all the other stages of cold and goes straight to hurting.



As a general rule, however, I prefer to let my hair air-dry after a shower, and I can't say that it's made me in any way more prone to headaches. Going out in hot weather with a wet head is actually quite refreshing (for about 10 minutes until my hair dries). Sleeping with wet hair is, for me, unpleasant (damp pillow... yecch!) and makes me more likely to wake up with epic bed-head (my hair is very... suggestible when wet)... but not headache-inspiring.
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Old 20 January 2011, 09:52 PM
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As a general rule, however, I prefer to let my hair air-dry after a shower, and I can't say that it's made me in any way more prone to headaches. ... and makes me more likely to wake up with epic bed-head (my hair is very... suggestible when wet)... but not headache-inspiring.

Same here, right down to the pompadour that somehow forms during the night.No headaches though.
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