I just woke up, it's -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, I have to be at work soon, and now I just found out that the hot water heater isn't working, so the water is freezing cold! I'm smelly as can be and my hair is a mess. I don't want my hair to look like bed hair or greasy. I can't take a shower in the freezing cold! What should I do?

In the past I would prefer using the call out sick routine. But sometimes that is just not a good solution. I also have taken cold showers before, but nothing that would be this cold. I don't think people that live in warmer climates understand just how cold a shower is in this situation. I've also tried just wearing a hat and putting deodorant on, but lots of times I'm not able to wear a hat at work.

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    hmm.. take a shower and endure it? – Vogel612 Dec 10 '14 at 12:10
  • What is the length of your hair? Longer hair needs a different solution as compared to shorter hair. – user19 Dec 10 '14 at 13:20
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    If you take a cold shower, everything else will feel relatively warm! – Kaz Wolfe Dec 10 '14 at 18:14
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    See also What's the best way to take a cold shower? – Gilles Dec 13 '14 at 0:59
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    Do you have a shower at work? Do you have an active gym membership? Is there anyone living nearby who can help share their shower ? – Criggie Nov 18 '15 at 4:57
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To fix your greasy hair instantly, loosely powder it. This is an instant quick fix.

Dig up a big, fluffy makeup brush, and dip it into a pot of loose powder. Tap it once on the back of your hand to remove the excess, then dust it over your roots. It mops up oil and blends into your strands, so no one will know you didn't shower.

(Source: Cosmopolitan)

Then, squeeze a bit of lemon in some water. Lemon is a natural cleanser and deodorant. You can use this solution to wipe and cleanse your skin.

Now you are ready to leave for work.

Please note these are quick hacks, and you should take a proper shower later.

  • What type of powder? Baby powder or something else? – CRABOLO Dec 11 '14 at 0:07
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    Yes, baby powder @Sompuperoo. – user19 Dec 11 '14 at 3:25

Warm some water on the stove to wet down your hair and maybe take a sponge bath. Use deodorant, wear clean clothes.

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    Not really a lifehack... More common sense here, right? – RichardBernards Dec 10 '14 at 12:21
  • That is just what I was about to write! :D – G.Rassovsky Dec 10 '14 at 20:05
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    @RichardBernards No it is an answer to the question, a practical answer. It may be the best answer I dunno, but if it is, the question then becomes is the OP posting a on topic question. – Jon Dec 10 '14 at 20:13

Use multiple heating pots or similar things to heat as much water as you can as quickly as possible (Using multiple pots each with only some water in it will give you more hotter water quicker than just using one pot that contains much water; Using all your heating stations is best of course).

Then pour all that hot water into a large container (e.G. your shower after you have plugged it so the water can't get out).

Then fill the container with so much cold water that the water in the container becomes as comfortable as possible.

Separate some water into two pots.

Use the sponge to clean you with soap and shampoo your hair. Then open the sink so the shower drains and use the two pots (one for the hair, one for the body) to wash off the soap and shampoo.

Be certain to dry your hair throughly before leaving the house if its cold outside.

If you are a member of a sport club then go there. If you are not a member, stroll in with a sport bag, no eye contact, march to the shower and get clean.

  • While this isn't real ethical if you're not a member, many clubs do offer 1 day free trials and the like, so you could just tell them you are interested in possibly joining and if you could test out the place today. – CRABOLO Feb 23 '15 at 15:02
  • Yes. I did this in a place where I had often played as a guest, so they had seen my money plenty of times. I did actually feel guilty about it, but ugh, I needed to shower. – RedSonja Feb 24 '15 at 6:53

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