Looking for monsoon hair care tips?
Need hair care tips to protect your hair during the rains?
Dank smelling hair?
Dandruff back with a vengeance?
People who know me know that I hate summers. There was a phase in my life (that I am not proud of) where I loved the Twilight saga and ended up being convinced that I am a vampire!
The reason- I am a nocturnal being and love it when it is dark.
Dark, cloudy days also count.
Due to the fact that the place where I stay doesn’t have a winter to boast of, monsoons are my favorite. It’s cool and I can go out in the daytime too!
In case you feel that this is because I am a vampire, you are wrong, it is just because I end up with a splitting headache every time I venture out in the sun.
Monsoons also mean the season where there is hair everywhere – except on my head. That and the frizz!
Now I know, this is not just my story. I know many of you have the same complaints when it comes to their hair. So what exactly are the hair issues to expect in monsoon?
Why does the monsoons cause a spike in hair issues? (SUBHEADING)
Monsoons bring a much needed relief from the heat. After having endured a really harsh summer, the rains would make you like running out and getting drenched.
Like in the movies. It looks so lovely in the movies!
But sorry to burst your bubble, in real life, if you try something like that, you would earn yourself some very puzzled stares from the onlookers.
Now if you are one of the people who doesn’t really care about what the society thinks about how you live your life, even then getting wet in the rain isn’t a good idea.
This is because of the fact that we humans have polluted the earth to a great extent. When it rains, the rain water mixes with the pollutants on its way down.
Monsoons also mean an increase in humidity levels.
These factors coupled with our careless behavior when it comes to all things hair leads to hair fall, dandruff, itchy scalp, frizz etc.
So does that mean that we can’t enjoy monsoon?
With proper care, you can ensure that your hair stays healthy and by the end of the monsoons you still have a head full of hair!
Hair care tips for monsoon you shouldn’t ignore:
You may think that this list is going to have some tough hair care tips and regimen. But no, it is list of easy to follow rules. Now these are rules that are ignored by most of us.
Put in a little effort, follow these and you will notice that all your hair problems are slowly retreating.
So let us start…
Ensure that you wash your hair at least twice a week. The whole world is getting a wash, your hair deserves it too.
#2. Wash hair if it gets drenched in rain
Remember how I was telling about why it is not such a great idea to get wet in the rain? But if you are caught in a downpour without an umbrella, ensure you wash your hair.
Or else the pollutant in the air, mixed with rain water will settle on your hair and scalp leading to itchiness and hair loss.
#3. Protect your hair when outdoors
Washing your hair every time you get in the rain sounds tedious, right? It can be, imagine washing your hair and drying it meticulously only to have it get drenched again.
To avoid this always carry an umbrella when you step out. You can also look at a raincoat.
#4. Don’t use hot water to wash hair
Resist the urge to take bath and wash your hair in hot water. This is again something that is applicable for all seasons.
You must be thinking –“But it is so cold!”
If you find it difficult to take a shower with normal water, then use lukewarm water. Hot water will lead to hair fall.
#5. Do not comb wet hair
Rain or sunshine, this is something that you should never do. When your hair is wet, it is weak. So in this stage if we use a comb, we will end up with broken strands.
After a bath, your hair is bound to have a few knots and if we take to it with a comb, then we are subjecting it to unnecessary torture.
#6. Dry the hair properly
Not drying your hair properly can lead to fungal infections of the scalp. So make sure you dry it properly.
If you have a habit of tying a towel tightly, then rethink the habit. Avoid aggressive rubbing and be gentle.
#7. Don’t tie hair when hair is wet
In school, I would take a hair bath daily and then make a small braid that kept the hair off my face the lower portion open. Sort of like a half pony. But it led to breakage and a not so pleasant smell.
It can also cause fungal infections, dandruff and also leave you with brittle and lifeless hair.
#8. Go easy on hair dryers
Drying your hair is important, but that doesn’t mean that you turn to the hair driers. They may seem like your only hope to dry your hair. But actually it is not the case.
The first reason why we shouldn’t use it is because they tend to weaken the hair and we will just compound the damage. If you have to use it, then make sure you use a low setting and use a diffuser.
#9. Wide toothed combs
Use wide tooth combs to cut down on the hair lost during detangling. You can use a wooden comb as it helps your hair in lot of ways. Plus it will also prevent you from combing your hair when it is wet.
#10. Oil your hair
Oiling your hair will help curb hair loss. Pay attention to the scalp and massage it well. But one thing you have to watch out for is, using too much of oil. It will not do your hair any good. That and the fact that you will use extra efforts (read shampoo) to get that oil out.
By doing this you will also end up stripping the oil of its natural oils, leaving you with dry hair.
Try out this curry leaf hair tonic that will help you in combating hair issues.
#11. Choose the shampoo wisely
The shampoo you use is really important. Harsh shampoos can make matters worse. If you know that you have to travel often and look at frequent hair washes, then you need to use a mild shampoo that suits your hair type. A mild shampoo will help in cleaning the hair without damaging the hair.
You can also use a herbal hair wash to wash your hair. Try out the Nature’s Dew Herbal Hair wash that boasts of 13 herbal ingredients. It is effective against hair fall, dandruff and other scalp infections and prevents hair fall. It is gentle on the hair and contains no chemicals.
This monsoon use this amazing hair wash powder and protect your gorgeous locks. You can purchase it here.
#12. Use the conditioner, no excuses
Monsoon is no reason for you to skip the conditioner. A lot of people I know say that they do not use the conditioner during monsoons. They do this because they feel the hair doesn’t need it. But you should use a conditioner, even during monsoons.
That being said, you should also make sure that you go easy on the conditioner. Using too much doesn’t mean smooth, glossy hair. It will only lead to limp and flat hair.
Now why add one more hair flaw to the long list of monsoon hair issues?
#13. Use a hair mask/pack once a week
Monsoon causes a lot of dryness and dullness due to the various reasons that we have already discussed. A hair mask will help to restore the lost glory of your mane. You can opt for a commercial hair mask that suits your hair and do this at home.
If you aren’t too sure about a commercial brand then you can look at making a herbal hair mask at home. This way you know that you aren’t subjecting your hair to any more chemicals.
Don’t know how to go about making a hair mask? Here is a post that tells you about how to make an easy hair mask at home.
#14. Schedule a hair spa session
Before you mentally make excuses about why you can’t do this, let me stop you. Whatever the reason is, I will tell you this much. You have to this once in a while. Apart from the fact that you will rejuvenate your hair, you will feel amazing too. It is a pampering session for the hair and you!
If you are unable to visit a beauty parlour, then you can do this at home itself. Read this nice write up on how hair spas help your hair and how you can do it at home.
#15. Avoid tight hairstyles
Monsoon means high humidity levels, leaving your all frizzy. Most days are bad hair days.
The best way out when you have a bad hair day is – a ponytail. But pulling your hair into tight hairdos will do more harm than good. A loose hairdo is good option. This will not put unnecessary strain on your hair and scalp.
#16. Using wet scrunchies
If your scrunchie is wet then wait for it to dry before you tie your hair with it.
You don’t walk around wearing wet clothes right? Same way, you shouldn’t be wearing wet scrunchies to avoid fungal infections and of course the smell.
#17. Try out a short hairstyle
Wanted to try out a short hairdo? Then the two seasons that you can do it is summer and monsoon. A short makes it easy to dry and manage.
Avoid complex haircuts that will require an army of stylists and hair products. The key word here is – simplicity.
#18. Don’t over use styling products
Have you noticed any changes in your hair after using styling products on it during the rains? This is because too much of styling products can weigh down your hair. That and the added moisture in the atmosphere will lead to these products affecting the scalp.
Too much of styling products aren’t good for your hair. If you are guilty of using too much of products then you can give your hair a much deserved break in the monsoons.
#19. Postpone permanent straightening and curling
Again, this is because the hair is weakened during this. Subjecting it to chemical procedures will just damage it further.
If you are looking at straightening your hair to make styling easier, then opt for a fuss free short hairstyle.
#20. Avoid coloring your hair
This is again due to the reason mentioned in the point above. Monsoon should be a time for recuperation.
#21. Dandruff care
Monsoon is a time when dandruff issues becomes worse for some people. This can be kept in check by taking good care of your hair and scalp. Use a good quality anti-dandruff shampoo. Using wooden combs will also help.
#22. Meet a dermatologist in case itchy scalp
If you have been wanting to scratch your head all the while then you may need to get it checked by a dermatologist. Infections of the scalp are common during this season.
#23. Avoid sharing combs
This may sound like an extreme measure but having separate combs for all members of the house is a good idea (not just for monsoons).
How many you have noticed a drop in water intake now that rains are here? Lack of water can also affect hair negatively. In order to avoid this drink adequate water so your body is not starved for water.
Keep an eye on your urine color. A dark yellow signifies that you need to up your water intake. Clear urine means you are doing well.
#25. Healthy diet
A healthy diet will ensure that your mane stays thick and strong no matter the season. Ensure you are eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients.
Mommies do you have any special tips for hair care in monsoon? Any hair care tips that you have been following to keep your hair healthy? Do let us know. Also let us know how you liked this post.
Till then stay fab.