When dealing with an illness such as the common cold, you may not feel like doing anything at all. Taking a shower can help to rejuvenate your body and is also necessary if you plan on working or going outdoors while sick. You cannot cure the common cold simply by washing your hair. If you are not careful, however, you can actually make yourself feel worse due to washing your hair while dealing with the common cold by exposing wet hair to the elements.
Wash your hands using an antibacterial soap. This can help keep you from inadvertently transmitting germs to items you will use while washing your hair (such as the shampoo bottle, faucet, etc.).
Turn your shower water on so that the water is steaming hot. The steam from the water can help to clear your head and nose while you are washing your hair.
Step into the shower and get your hair wet.
Wash your hair as you normally would using daily shampoo and conditioner. Purchasing a new shampoo and/or conditioner while suffering from the common cold is not necessary.
Step out of the shower immediately after you turn off the running water.
Towel dry your hair as soon as you are out of the shower to remove excess water.
Comb through your hair in order to release any tangles.
Turn your hair dryer onto high heat and completely dry your hair, making sure that the hair is completely dried before doing anything else.