The Nordic Bathing Tradition That Can Improve Hair Health
You might not know this, but a lot of your hair’s health is based on the health of your skin and scalp. Luckily for you, we have something that can help your hair and make you feel better at the same time.
(It’s also part of what inspired Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner!)
The Nordic Bathing Tradition
Deeply rooted in Finnish society, the Nordic bathing tradition consists of spending 10-20 minutes in a hot sauna followed by an immediate dip in a cold bath. It leaves you feeling cool and relaxed while offering numerous benefits for your health.
The best part is, it’s easy to do. Here’s how.
Stage 1: Heat
Start off with a sauna. Both dry and wet saunas work. Spend 10-20 minutes sweating before stepping out. This will help bathe and cleanse your skin. The dry heat or steam opens your pores while soothing sore and aching muscles. Heat can cause blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow, bringing oxygen and nutrients.
Stage 2: Cooling
After the sauna, immediately plunge into a cold lake or river, or jump into a cold bath or shower. How you cool yourself isn’t as important as the cooling itself.
Since your skin contains a high density of cold receptors, it only takes a few seconds of cooling to activate them. Although, the longer you immerse yourself in cold water, the better the results.
The cold water shrinks your pores and decreases blood flow, which reduces swelling and inflammation. The cold can also cause your body to send electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, creating a natural anti-depressant effect.
Additionally, Nordic bathers swear by its rejuvenating effect on the skin.
Stage 3: Relaxation
That’s it. You can relax. However, for the full sauna experience, you should repeat the heating, cooling, and relaxing stages several times if possible. Of course, one is always enough if you have a busy schedule.
If you don’t have time for a Nordic bath, but still want the same sensation, lather up some Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner in your hair. It’ll leave you feeling just as refreshed!