The rainy season brings with it a boatload of hair woes like dry hair, lots of frizz, hair fall, oily scalp and dandruff to name a few. Here is a guide to ensure your mane stays just as beautiful during the monsoons.
- Protect your hair from the rain: No matter how tempting it is to play in the rain, make sure you don’t get your hair wet. Pure rain water by itself is slightly acidic in nature but the pollutants in the atmosphere make it more acidic and hence damaging to the hair and scalp, not to mention the micro-organisms it brings down with it.
- Wash out the rainwater: If you happen to get clean, recently shampooed hair wet in the rain, rinsing the hair thoroughly using just plain water removes any rain water residues.
- Shampooing: Frequent shampooing makes the hair dry and brittle. Restrict your shampooing to not more than 2-3 times a week. Use a gentle cleansing shampoo to make sure your scalp is adequately clean without drying it out too much.
- Conditioning: Follow up your shampoo with a conditioner every time but use very little quantity and only at the ends of the hair. Using more quantity of it only makes the hair greasy and weighed down during the monsoons. Dust and pollution also sticks to greasy hair much more easily.
- Oiling hair: Oiling the hair and scalp is very important during the monsoons. However, like conditioner make sure the amount of oil used is very little. The idea is to nourish the scalp without making it too oily. Too much oil takes more shampooing to wash out which is counter-productive.
- Combing technique: Use a wide toothed comb which helps to detangle the hair without breaking it. Hair tends to be more brittle and hence more breakable during the monsoons. Wait for hair to dry before combing or tying it up as wet hair is more prone to breakage than dry hair. Use a cotton towel to absorb the excess water from the hair and then let it air dry. Keep your combs clean and don’t share them with others.
- Keep Frizz at bay: The humidity during the monsoons causes hair to become extremely frizzy. The above steps help to keep the hair from frizzing to a large extent. Stay away from styling tools that use heat like hair dryers and curlers etc. Use 2-3 drops of jojoba or argan oil as an anti-frizz serum.
- Home remedies: It is always beneficial to use home remedies to treat issues like frizzy hair or dandruff during the rainy season as opposed to products that contain harsh chemicals. For example using a paste of neem leaves and turmeric for dandruff is preferable to using anti-dandruff shampoos which are very drying.
- Diet: Choose a healthy well balanced diet that provides nourishment to the hair and scalp. Drink a healthy amount of water. This is more important in the rainy season as hair is faced with a multitude of issues. Avoid having too much caffeine to prevent dehydration.
- Go Short: If you have been considering cutting your hair short, monsoons are the time to do it. Shorter hair is easier to maintain during the monsoons and dries faster as well.
Find our Skin care tips for the monsoons here.