The monsoon is here. And along with it, it has brought the bad hair days. During monsoon, one experiences an increase in the fizz of the hair. Also, getting wet in the rain can be as harmful to your hair, as fun it is for you. Hair fall, too, increases in monsoon. When the average hair fall is around 50-60 strands during the normal days, it becomes almost 200 during the monsoon. Acid rain, dirty rainwater and increased levels of humidity have an adverse impact on your hair and scalp. Some ways you follow to reduce your hair damage this monsoon include:
- Keep Your Hair Dry
It is extremely important to keep your hair during monsoon. Wet hair leads to increased hair fall and the scalp becomes sticky as well. Keep your hair dry for as long as possible. It will stand you in good stead to dry your hair since it helps prevent hair and scalp problems such as excessive hair loss and dandruff. Do not comb your hair when it is wet.
- Shampoo Twice a Week
Shampoo your hair in a week, using a mild shampoo to maintain a healthy scalp. Rainy water left on your scalp for a longer time makes you feel itchy and your hair is even susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections and may even lead to dandruff. So, be sure to take a head bath whenever you get drenched in the rains. Another reason to shampoo oily hair daily is that your hair may become limp during monsoons and only shampooing can restore volume to your hair.
- Avoid Hair Styling
Don’t try too many hairstyles during monsoon. Tying your hair too tight should be avoided as it leads to trapping of rainwater in your hair and the humidity makes the hair even more frizzy and limp. Try a loose bun, loose hair, loose side ponytail and protect your hair from humidity exposure. Best would be to keep your hair trimmed and short during the monsoons for easy cleaning and maintenance.
- Limit Using Hair Styling Products
During the monsoons, it is advisable to try and refrain from using hair styling products. Due to excess humidity, these chemical-based products tend to make your hair excessively oily/greasy. This, in turn, causes harm to your hair and scalp. Glum and gels can result in dandruff.
- Use a Conditioner Regularly
Conditioning your hair regularly is extremely important during monsoon. The elevated levels of humidity in the air lead to hair becoming coarse and dry, which in turn makes the hair frizzy. Conditioning them regularly helps to get rid of the frizziness making it easier for you to manage.
- Oil Massage
There are lots of oils in the market that can help with your hair this monsoon. But one must remember if your hair is very weak and you do a rigorous oil massage you are damaging your hair more. Also, what happens with oil is when you oil your hair very often you tend to over shampoo to remove the oil. This does a lot of damage to your hair. Hence put very little oil, massage it in with the tips of your fingers and use a gentle shampoo.
- Use Proper Comb
There are generally two types of combs. One, there is the wide-tooth comb which is mainly used for de-tangling. It’s also good to use as a conditioning comb. You can use this to spread the conditioner evenly in your hair. Another comb is a pick comb which adds volume to your hair. In the monsoon, there is a lot of humidity and it can get very windy, both these factors can contribute to tangling your hair hence it is advised to keep a wide-toothed comb handy.
Diet, you can say, plays the most important role in getting healthy, flawless hair. It not only helps in protecting the hair but also strengthens the hair follicles. One should include things like eggs which are high in iron and protein, walnuts which are high in vitamin E and omega-3 and fatty acids. Fish like salmon and mackerel are also high in protein and omega-3. Spinach is excellent as its high in iron and beta-carotene. Curd is high in vitamin D and helps in strengthening the hair follicle. Apart from this, one should even drink plenty of water.
- Follow a proper hair wash routine
- There are a few simple techniques one can keep in mind while washing:
- Make sure your hair is soaking wet before applying your shampoo.
- Try to use lukewarm water to wash your hair.
- Shampoo into the scalp of your hair using your fingertips and very gently circulate the shampoo into the scalp.
- Always rinse off the shampoo completely before applying conditioner.
- When it comes to conditioning, don’t use too much conditioner and only condition the lengths and ends of hair.
You can use a comb to spread the conditioner and end with a cold water rinse. This helps in lending shine to your cuticles.