In India, we tend to welcome the breezy romantic season of monsoon with open arms and hair. But more often than not it's our silky lustrous locks we are proud of suffers the ultimate damage. Frizzy, heavy, brittle and lifeless; that's how our hair usually responds to the acid in the monsoon rain.
Puddle-dancing in the rain or just sitting at the corner of your room enjoying the droplets of joy slip down the window in a poetic manner, the humidity in the climate will find you and go straight to your hair. Eventually giving rise to hair woes you just can't escape.
But there are a few things you can do to prevent fatal damage of hair-loss and scalp infection speeded up by monsoon. Actually, there are 10 things or as we'd like to call it; tips you can easily follow to restore the health of your pretty locks and enjoy the season stress-free.
1. Shampoo Atleast Twice A Week
During the critical times of monsoon; hair seems to go through a phase of oiliness which ultimately leads to sticky, lustreless, heavy head. You can easily resolve this problem by washing your hair twice a week with an organic shampoo or maybe a diluted one. Thumb rule for healthy hair lies in the amount of chemical you feed your hair in a week.
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2. Condition Your Hair Not The Scalp
The health and smoothness of your dear tresses are largely determined by the method being used to apply the basic hair product we all call Conditioner. Especially when we are dealing with one of the worst enemies of hair, monsoon. So you'd want to start applying the conditioner from the mid-length of your hair and then take it all the way to the end. Using as much as required and keeping it on as per the instructions would be enough to get you away from frizzy, lifeless hair.
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3. A Microfibre Towel Goes A Long Way
Wet and damp hair during the rainy season is an invitation to bacterial and fungal infections. Once you are done pampering your hair with shampoo and conditioner it's highly recommended you use a microfibre towel to dry those dripping locks. These efficient class of towels not only absorbs the water quickly but also minimize the friction between hair and towel which can save you from life long pain of watching your hair fall like the rain in monsoon.
4. Regular Oil Massages Is A Must
Nourishing your hair on a regular basis will help them retain shine, smoothness and colour for a very very long time even during the monsoon. And there's no better product than oil that could do this trick. I understand the time crunch of this new corporate lifestyle and it's not possible for everyone to get the oil massages like we used when we were kids. So here's what you do; champi your hair with the oil of your choice, leave it for 15 mins and rinse. Do not go overboard with the quantity because the more oil you use, the more shampoo you'll use to remove it and finally you'll end up making your hair all dry and frizzy.
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5. Tie Your Hair In Loose Ponytails Or Buns
A tight hairstyle during monsoon can result in sweats on your scalps and loosely flowing hair in the rain will be a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. What do you do? Simple. Find a middle ground where you Tie your hair in loose ponytails or buns. Easy-peasy!
6. Say Yes To Hair Masks
A hair mask sounds quite fancy but, trust me when I say it works wonders for your hair. In the brutal weather of rain and acid, these hair masks help revive the body and quality of your hair. You can either make DIY hair masks at home or buy some amazing ones from our personal stash of organic hair care brands. The choice is all yours!
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7. Pick The Right Comb
First up, never-ever comb your hair when they are wet. This will weaken them from the roots and make them fall like dead leaves from the tree. And even when you do comb them make sure you use a wide-tooth comb instead. You can easily detangle the stuck locks and avoid any further crumbling. Also, never share your comb it's not healthy for your hair.
8. 2 Words; Hair Spa
Especially beneficial for roots, hair spas could be done at home or at good salons. Whatever may be the case, a hair spa every month can actually bring your dead-beat spilt-up full of pollutant hair back to life. Rainy days are quite harsh for your hair so a hair spa will go a long way for sure.
9. You Are What You Eat
It's truly important to eat healthy while you are going through the monsoon. Rain can harm your hair, sure but a holistic diet stacked with proteins, vitamins, minerals like iron and potassium will get you out of this situation in no time. While we are at it; going easy on junk food is also advisable as the greasiness in the food will make your hair thin and flimsy in the long run and cutting down on caffeine will prevent dehydration that easily results in hair fall. So the key is to keep drinking as much water as you can in a day and keep your diet happy and healthy.
10. Hair Styling Tips
To start with; stay away from hair heating devices such as hair straighteners, curling irons, etc. If it's really important, use a blow drier instead. And finally, cover your hair with scarves or headbands to protect them from excessive moisture that just sits on your scalp and destroys it.
Side Tip: If you can, apply some lemon juice on your scalp and leave it for 15-20 mins before rinsing. This will remove the excessive oil from the scalp and prevent hair woes that have the potential to turn ugly over the years.
Even when the season of monsoon overstays its welcome; let's rejoice it without worrying about your hair too much. Thanks to us you already have a guide to prevent any further hair damage.