Remember that episode from F.R.I.E.N.D.S – The One in Barbados? And do you remember the awful rains & Monika’s hair? How can we forget that!!!
While we all love rains and eating some junk food while it rains, it has some damaging effect on our skin and hair. Those limp, lustreless & frizzy hair due to humidity, the nightmare of massive hair fall & dandruff is a reality for a lot of us as well. But some very simple tips can help you combat all these issues before they even happen to you.
GENERAL HAIR CARE TIPS DURING MONSOON
It is required to keep the hair and scalp clean all through the year, but it becomes even more crucial during monsoons. Your hair might end up getting wet at times, it will be oily due to humidity, and that will attract a lot of dust, dirt & pollution build-up on the scalp. Shampoo your hair more frequently during monsoons, and a thumb rule, always go for shampoos that are 100% toxin-free and contain no harsh or harmful chemicals in them.
Avoid rigorous oil massages during monsoon. This can damage your hair, as the hair from its roots naturally gets weaker during the monsoon. Plus, due to the humidity and exposure to rainwater, you will end up washing your hair more than usual, and it takes longer for hair to dry in monsoons. This cycle of oiling – washing – blow-drying can cause severe damage to your hair. Limit oiling to your hair to once a week and apply as little oil as possible and use mild oil such as virgin coconut oil.
Hair Masks are the new shizz! And why not? They make your hair healthier, shinier, and more manageable. Humidity will make your hair lusterless and frizzy. The best way to get that sine back and make a hair sleeker is by applying a hair mask before every wash. But alter the application method during monsoons. Avoid using it directly on the scalp, and apply it from mid-length through the tips. Leave it for 15 minutes, and after the wash, the hair would be oh so soft!
When the external environment is such that you know your hair health might go for a toss, make some internal changes to balance that out. A proper healthy diet with superfoods such as eggs, walnuts, whole grains, and green vegetables can make your hair healthier and shinier. Foods such as spinach, sweet potatoes, nuts, and berries also help in stimulating hair growth naturally.
The chances that you will end up with wet hair frequently are higher during monsoons. Avoid combing your hair when it is wet, and whenever necessary, use a wide-tooth comb for detangling and combing your hair. Do not use a shared comb, as chances of developing a fungal infection during monsoons are also higher.
MANAGING HAIR RELATED ISSUES DURING MONSOON
Dandruff is a pervasive issue during monsoons. While deciding what products you want to use, keep a few things in mind. Go for products that are zero-toxin and free of harsh and harmful chemical-based ingredients. If your dandruff is severe and fungal, then it has nothing to do with the season, it can be fungal, and you need to see an expert in that case. For seasonal dandruff, try natural products (Flaxseed Hair Gel) with ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera, Avocado, and Lemongrass Oil. These ingredients gently and naturally help in eliminating dandruff.
ITCHY & OILY SCALP
Itchy scalp can be either due to the seasonal dandruff present or due to the build-up that rainwater & scalp moisture that is caused due to humidity. This can result in constant scratching and scalp, producing natural oil, leading to an oily scalp. Go for products with ingredients such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil & Peppermint Oil to reduce the itch and get rid of oily scalp.
Aah! The issue that EVERYONE is struggling with. And there are no less than 500 product options available in the market to choose from. Again, follow the thumb rule of avoiding products with toxins & harsh chemicals, as they can aggravate the situation further. Look for products (Onion Hair Gel) with Onion Oil, Biotin, Coconut Milk, Aloe Vera & Fenugreek in it. These ingredients reduce hair fall and stimulate regrowth of hair.
Rains are meant to enjoy, and let that be the case! Have fun, get soaked in the rain, eat yummy food, and ensure good hair care practice not to regret any of the fun later! Happy Monsoons!