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Hair Care in Monsoon: Essential Tips to Sail Through the Humid Months

Written By HealthKart
Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Hair care in monsoon

The rainy season beats the summer heat to make way for a very pleasant environment. You would love to settle down and read your favourite novel while enjoying the scenic beauty. But can you disregard the extent of damage it does to your beautiful hair? You will have to deal with an itchy scalp and dandruff clubbed with the hair fall. How to manage these maladies? Hair care in monsoon should become a ritual if you have to maintain your hair health.

What Causes Hair Fall in Monsoon?

A rainy season means dampness everywhere. With the rise in moisture, dirt and oil settle down on the scalp and the hair shaft. This results in weak hair follicles which is the fundamental reason for hair fall in monsoon.

You will have to put extra effort into keeping your hair dry during the monsoon. The hair becomes difficult to manage because it turns curly and brittle due to the dampness. Also, the dampness makes the hair vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections that aggravate the dandruff issue. Rainwater is acidic and this also is one of the reasons for hair fall during this season.

Guide to Hair Care in Rainy Season

There is no general hair care routine that can apply to all seasons. Different seasons bring different hair problems and the monsoon hair care routine is designed to suit the woes of this particular season. Given below are some essential tips that you must follow for better hair health:

1. Never Keep the Hair Wet for Long

Dampness during the rainy season due to the excess moisture makes it difficult to keep the hair dry. You should put in some extra effort to keep the hair dry. Always dry the hair immediately after a wash with a soft towel. Leave it open till it is completely dry. Tying the hair while wet will weaken the hair roots.

2. Keep Your Hair Protected from Rainwater

Acidity in the rainwater can cause a lot of damage to your hair and is also one of the major reasons for hair fall during the monsoon. Keep your hair protected by covering it with a scarf whenever you set out. For some reason, if you get wet in the rain, wash it immediately after you reach home to combat the adverse effect of the rainwater.

3. Follow a Schedule for Hair Wash

Wash your hair 2 to 3 times a week compulsorily to remove the dirt and grime deposited on the scalp. Antibacterial or antifungal shampoo for hair wash is recommended. Do not forget to use a hair conditioner to remove the frizz and maintain the lustre of your hair. It would be even better if you could massage your scalp with warm oil. An oil massage enhances blood circulation to the scalp and makes the hair stronger.

4. Feel Comfortable with Short Hair

The hair care routine will be simpler if you keep the hair short. Long hair is very difficult to manage during the monsoon and it gets pulled while combing resulting in hair fall. Removing split ends also can be of great help to maintain hair health.

5. Go for Simple Hairstyles

Avoid styling your hair with curlers and straighteners. If you insist on styling your hair, then do it after using a heat-resistant spray. Exposing hair to direct heat by using a hair dryer, straighteners, or curlers makes the hair weak and prone to breakage. It is best to tie your hair up instead of styling it during the rainy season to minimise hair fall.

6. Choice of the Comb Matters

Tangles are easy to remove when the hair is wet. But specialists insist that the hair should be brushed only when dry. What is the solution? Using a wide-tooth comb for detangling the hair will do less damage.

7. Eat Healthy

Planning a balanced diet rich in nutrients like protein, omega 3, calcium, and Vitamin C will nourish the hair to give it that lustre, bounce, and strength. Include lots of vegetables, fruits, and nuts in your diet. Do not forget to drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated benefits hair health in a great way.

8. Use a Nourishing Serum

Know your hair type to use a suitable serum. A hair serum keeps the hair nourished. It averts breakage and removes the frizziness and dullness to make your locks shiny and healthy.

Hair Masks for Monsoon Hair Care 

Hair masks benefit immensely in keeping your hair strong and healthy during the rainy season. Given below are some simple hair masks that you can prepare yourself with the ingredients available at home.

1. Neem and Turmeric Hair Mask

Rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds, this mask will prevent dandruff, itchiness, and inflammation of the scalp and will also combat germs. Blend neem leaves and turmeric root to a paste and apply it to the scalp. Wash the hair with a mild shampoo after 30 minutes. Treating the hair with a conditioner after shampooing is a must to keep the frizziness away.

2. Fenugreek and Lemon Hair Mask

Limonoids and Vitamin C in lemon fight germs while the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek prevent dandruff. Add lemon juice to fenugreek powder to make a paste. Apply it to the scalp. Keep the mask on for 30 minutes and wash with a mild shampoo.

3. Hair Mask with Aloe Vera and Curd

The lactic acid in curds removes the dead cells from the scalp while aloe vera is good for the itchy and inflamed scalp. Apply this mask to clear the dirt and grime deposits from the hair roots and retain the lustre of your hair. Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel extracted from the aloe vera plant with the required amount of curds. Keep the mask on till it dries. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo.

Monsoon Hair Care Tips for Different Hair Problems

Monsoon brings with it a plethora of hair problems. All hair problems do not affect a person collectively. Each one of us could be affected by any one or more problems associated with the rainy season. Given below are tips to tackle each issue individually. You can choose the one that resolves the issue you face in particular during the monsoon.

1. Itchy Scalp

Deposits of dirt and grime on the scalp combined with dead cells make your scalp itchy during the monsoon. Wash your hair regularly with an antibacterial or antifungal shampoo. Avoid chemical-based shampoos for best results. You can also use a hair mask that is suitable for your hair type to enhance the effect.

2. Oily Hair

Use a gel-based shampoo to remove the excess oil from your hair. A serum will prevent your hair from becoming oily and sticky.

3. Frizziness 

As far as possible, avoid getting drenched in the rain. If you do get drenched, make sure you wash and dry your hair thoroughly after returning home. Reschedule your chemical treatment and if possible avoid it completely during the monsoon. Use a conditioner to remove the frizz from your hair. Put on a hair mask for better results.

Conclusion

Needless to say, hair fall is not restricted to the rainy season; you will experience hair fall even on normal days. But during the monsoon, the problem is aggravated due to the excess moisture around. The hair fall increases by 30% during the monsoon. You can address the issue with proper hair care in monsoon. Treat the hair with love and care during the monsoon to avoid bad hair days.

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