Monsoon is a mood up lifter. Those showers delight us all. But at the same time, it invites a lot of skin and hair care concerns. Your skin and hair need extra attention with every changing season and especially during the rainy season.
Does that humidity make your hair frizzy?
Does that excess moisture in the air bring along dandruff?
We understand that most of us battle various hair care concerns but we have got it covered. Read below to know what causes hair fall, dandruff, and frizzy hair during monsoon. Knowing the cause makes it easier to treat and manage your hair.
It’s time to update your hair care regime and flaunt your naturally shiny hair every day.
Major monsoon hair concerns and their solution
1. Frizzy hair
Almost all of us battle frizzy hair and excess moisture in the air during monsoon makes it even more difficult to manage.
Reason - The humid air naturally has more water molecules than the dry air. This results in hair strands forming a high number of hydrogen bonds on them that makes hair fold back, and curl or become frizzy.
Easy tips to follow
Use a mild shampoo that does not strip off natural hair and scalp oils
Shampoos loaded with strong surfactants like sulfate have the tendency to rip off essential oils. So opt for a sulfate-free shampoo because they are mild and gentle on your scalp and hair. They prevent hair from getting dry and rough.
Use a good conditioner
Conditioning helps to tame frizzy hair by making a protective layer on each cuticle. Ingredients like babassu and murumuru work wonder on your frizzy hair. They protect hair from UV rays and pollution. In addition, they lock in moisture and nourish the scalp.
Use a deep conditioning mask at least twice a week
Hair masks are like hair spas at home because they come with the advantage of extra moisture and intense hair conditioning properties. Use a hair mask at least twice in a week to reverse hair damage and manage frizziness. Hair masks add volume and natural shine.
Take a break from heating tools
Constant use of heating tools, harsh products, and pollution takes away the necessary nutrition and moisture from your scalp and hair. Make sure that you are not exposing your hair to excess heat and styling.
2. Hair fall
Hair fall is common during monsoon. It is because due to excess humidity your scalp becomes oily. You tend to wash your hair more frequently which strips off the moisture. Your hair then gets rough and you experience hair fall.
Hair fall can be prevented. Monsoon is for enjoying the weather and not worrying about your hair.
Easy tips to follow
Establish a hair care regimen that has anti-hair fall ingredients
When you are dealing with seasonal hair fall, you need hair care products that are backed up with hair ingredients that can curb hair loss and boost hair growth. Opt for serums and shampoos that have the ability to strengthen hair strands and provide nourishment to the scalp.
Ingredients to look for in anti-hair fall shampoo and serum - watercress, Indian cress, aminexil, and hydrolyzed wheat protein. They tend to strengthen hair from the inside and reduce hair fall.
Go for an oil massage
Regular oil massages help reverse the damaging effects of chemical and other hair treatments, boost blood circulation, strengthen roots, and promote hair growth. Oiling your hair 1-2 times a week is good enough to keep your hair healthy and maintain that luscious shine. It will help with dandruff and frizziness too.
Take a diet loaded with vitamin B and proteins
Eating a balanced diet that is rich in vitamin B and proteins helps promote hair growth. With the deficiency of these vitamins, you will notice that your hair doesn’t look as thick and full as it normally does.
Trim split ends
With increased split ends, hair gets to tangle more. Frizzy and tangled hair motivate breakage. Trimming split ends will remove dead and fragile hair, making your hair less prone to breakage.
Facing a dandruff attack? Relax! Know what causes dandruff and treat it effectively. Dandruff arises due to multiple reasons -
Lack of moisture makes the scalp dry and flaky. Dead skin cells accumulate on dry skin further irritating the skin and making it itchy.
Excess oil on the scalp is another reason. Excess oil enables the fungus to grow on your scalp leading to oily dandruff. Your hair also becomes oily too.
Dirt, Grime & Styling products affect your hair badly. Product residue, dirt, and grime have the ability to attach themselves to the hair and scalp. It further attracts bacteria and your scalp gives a flaky appearance.
Easy tips to follow
Use an anti-dandruff shampoo
Make sure you don’t leave hair concerns untreated during monsoon, since during this season skin and hair attract more fungal infections. It is very important to deeply cleanse your scalp to get rid of dead debris and dandruff fungus. Back up your anti-dandruff shampoo with the ingredients Zinc pyrithione and Piroctone Olamine to maintain healthy hair.
Don't tie wet hair in buns and ponytails
Dandruff gets worse in tied damp and wet hair because moisture locked in wet hair motivates Malassezia to multiply which boosts dandruff formation. It also indirectly creates a physical strain on hair roots, making hair fall off easily. So avoid tying your hair if wet.
Maintain scalp hygiene
Rainwater has impurities and dirt. Make sure that you follow a proper hair care regimen after getting drenched. Wash your hair at least twice or thrice a week to avoid stickiness and get rid of all dead skin cells.
For stubborn dandruff go for pre-wash anti-dandruff lotions
If you feel your anti-dandruff shampoo is not providing you relief from dandruff, there are lotions available to treat stubborn dandruff. Opt for a pre-wash anti-dandruff lotion that has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Monsoon season is prone to fungal infections. To keep hair healthy, maintain a proper hair care regime that keeps the scalp nourished and hair hydrated. This is one season that affects hair and scalp equally. So, cleanse, nourish and maintain both scalp and hair hygiene for happy hair days during summer.