Tales of a Curly Hair Man – Rogelio showers with cold water

Today, and as the rest of curly haired men, I woke up and jumped in the shower. Unfortunately for me, there was an external problem this morning with the heating (water included) and I was forced to shower with cold water in my cold bathroom. Now, I don’t have a problem with showering with cold water normally but having long curly hair proves the task to be different. Really, it does.

If you have never grown your curly hair beyond medium length, you are probably calling me all types of emasculating names and telling me to, literally, suck it up, but I digress. Moving the mass of hair that I have grown already is part of the territory of having relatively long curly hair, but when it is wet, it becomes a beasts on its own right and actually weights enough for me to feel it weighting down on my head. Digressing as I am, I have to first wet the whole mass of curls, which takes a while, and once it is wet, I have to jump hardcore into the falling cold-as-ice water. Normally, I would just jump into the cold water and quickly adapt to the cold but the fact that I have to wet my hair beforehand makes the process painfully enduring.


a shower for a curly hair man

For a moment, I did fear you


Showering with cold water is actually beneficial, it wakes you up and has been proven to increase metabolism (if you are a physiology nerd like me, click here for a good read on the subject and MOA). In fact, I have used this trick succesfully together with other tricks when really wanting to drop my body fat into the nearly-impossible single digits (below 8%). However, my intention today was none of these, I simply wanted to shower with warm water as I daydreamed about curly beauties massaging my back after a hard training session.

Today was the first day that I showered unwillingly with cold water since I started Manly Curls (in fact, I can’t remember when was the last time as the heating in my apartment is quite efficient, pricey but at least efficient). This at-first insignificant occurrence got me thinking, how about if I had a new section in my blog depicting my tales as a curly haired man? Just stuff that relates to us curly haired men on a day-to-day basis, stuff we can associate with. Going through my blog I was thinking that it was missing a bit on my personal experience and what not, so I think posting about this can harmonize the blog even more. Surely, today’s cold water episode is not enough to blog about it but the thoughts that were sparked is.

Thus, my beloved Manly Curls readers, with this post I am officially starting today my Tales of a Curly Haired Man.

Keep an eye out!

All the best,


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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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