- A viral TikTok shows a Texan woman using boiled snow to wash off hair dye after her pipes freeze.
- Texas faced unusually cold weather, leaving people without electricity or running water.
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While Texas expects unusually cold temperatures and snow that has wreaked havoc across the country, one woman came up with a creative solution when frozen pipes left her with no running water in the middle of a dye job: boiling snow.
TikTok user @ bmoye22 posted a video Tuesday that began with a photo of a younger woman with the text overlay, “When the water pipe freezes in Texas and you just dyed your hair”.
The bright pink hair dye.
bmoye22 / TikTok
She can be seen trying to turn on the faucet, but there is no running water.
In the video, which has been viewed 4.5 million times since its February 16 release, the person with their head full of pink dyes goes outside to shovel snow into a pot. She boils the snow on the stove to turn it into water and then uses it to wash off the dye.
The family boiled snow to complete the hair dyeing process.
bmoye22 / TikTok
“Yes, her hair has been dyed before [the water was] Cut off. I mean who would [dye] their hair without running water, “the TikToker who posted the video explained in a comment.
“Never in my years have I seen or heard anything so ridiculous and clever. I’m very impressed,” said one top comment.
@ bmoye22 did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Texans have dealt with the aftermath of cold weather, including frozen pipes
Insider Kelsey Vlamis reported on Feb. 18 that during winter storms, millions of Texans had no electricity or clean drinking water (in some cases for days) and that many people were struggling with damaged pipes and broken water pipes.
Some buildings have even preemptively cut off water supplies to prevent frozen pipes from potentially flooding buildings, Neelam Bohra wrote for the Texas Tribune on Feb. 19. Bohra added that frozen pipe problems may not become apparent until they start to thaw, and that homeowners should keep an eye out for tell-tale signs such as “leaks, stains and discoloration.”
KDFW, a local news broadcaster and FOX partner, reports that experts usually recommend leaving the faucet on to avoid frozen pipes. The city of Houston issued a notice this week advising residents not to do so.
KDFW also recommends adding heat to the section of pipe that can be frozen with a hairdryer or portable space heater.
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