06 . July . 2017 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

The undying urge of dancing in the rains is what we have all went through on our way to the office or college. Some do it, while some stare and call the others who indulge, a silly move.

You cannot deny that there’s nothing as pleasing to the eye as a kid who doesn’t care and goes for the muck filled pothole we all avoid. There’s no harm in being that kid unless you know how to take care of your hair which is of utmost importance during this season.

Monsoon, sandwiched between the heat and stickiness of summer and the dryness of winter, is generally ignored when it comes to hair care. Hair which gets subjected to the monsoon rains is affected badly because of environmental pollutants and dust particles present in the atmosphere. This spells death for the hair and hair comes out in clumps in our hands. Try to prevent tangles and wet and messy hair. The following tips will help you tide through the monsoon season well:

1) No matter how much trouble you take to keep your head dry, a heavy shower is sure to leave you soaking. Proper drying of hair goes a long way to help minimize the damage from excessive wetting of hair. Also, avoid rough back-and-forth motions if you prefer drying your hair with a towel. It is recommended that you neither leave your hair wet nor tie it while it is still wet. While combing wet hair make sure using a wide toothed wooden comb. The uniquely designed RichFeel wooden comb will minimize the breakage while detangling your hair smoothly.

2) Choose a hairstyle that does minimum damage. It’s known, short hair is easier to maintain in the rains but select a style than can bounce back into place easily after being wet. Avoid hairstyles that require your hair to be straightened, crimped or curled since the high levels of humidity in the air will make the hair go limp.

3) Hair sprays and gels are a big NO as they contain lacquers and gums which can stick to the scalp and cause dandruff. Instead, protect your hair with a nourishing serum. The RichFeel Quinoa Hair Repair serum works best to protect and repair damaged hair too.

4) Finally, protect your hair with a raincoat or an umbrella. No matter how much a rain dance might sound enticing, it could spell trouble for your hair in the long run.

Sudden rain showers, humidity, and blowing winds! Monsoons can wreak havoc on your crowning glory if you do not take right precautions. The hair has a natural protecting covering called cuticle.

It plays an important role in fighting the outside environmental to keep the inner structures safe and intact. But during monsoons the humidity in air and pollutants in rain water can actually break the cuticle. This can make the hair frizzy and snatch their shine. This is why you need to take care of hair during monsoons. Here are 6 simple ways to keep you hair frizz free and happy during the rains.

1. Wash your hair regularly
The first advice for monsoon hair care the experts give is to have a hair bath regularly. The rainwater is contaminated with several acidic substances and other toxic pollutants that can damage your hair as well as scalp. It is best to not let the rain water be trapped in your hair for a long. If at all you get drenched in rain never let the hair dry just like that. Make sure to wash it off clear of the rains water and the pollutants it may deposit in your hair. During the monsoons the damp and humid weather conditions tend to make the scalp and hair damp and sticky. Therefore it is advisable to wash your hair at least 2-3 times in week. If you prefer taking a daily hair wash make sure to use a very mild shampoo that removes only the right amount of oil from your hair.

2. Deep condition your hair
It’s possible that humid conditions in monsoon break the cuticle making the hair rough and frizzy. The hair may always appear damp due to moisture but when it’s dry it can get really brittle. The best way to avoid the damage and make your hair frizz free is to use a good quality conditioner. One of the best habits of monsoon hair care is to deep condition your hair after every hair wash.

3. Cover your hair to avoid humidity
It is a good routine hair care habit to keep your hair covered with a scarf or a cap when you step outside. This protects your hair from over exposure to sunlight and pollution. During rains keep your hair covered with scarf while it is not raining but make sure to carry a jacket with a hoody to always protect your hair from rainwater. Wetting your head in rains damages your hair and also makes you prone to catching cold and cough.

4. Oil without fail
Oil massage for scalp is needed in all seasons and monsoon is no exception. Your scalp needs nourishment and stimulation for hair growth. Also excessive washing may remove the natural oils from hair that needs replacement with oil massage.

5. Style with caution
With all the chaos on a rainy morning styling hair would be the last thing on your mind. But if you still insist on styling, make sure to keep the use of styling products to minimum. The alcohol containing styling products as well as use of heat can make your already frizzy even drier. If possible switch to shorter hair styles that are easier to manage and maintain in this damp weather.

6. Healthy diet
Healthy diet has no alternative be it for having healthy hair or maintaining overall good health. Experts recommend including veggies like spinach, purple cabbage and soya beans. These vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals like iron that promote hair growth. In addition protein rich foods like milk, cottage cheese and whole grains such as rice, wheat, corn, bajra, jowar, etc. that are a great source of carbohydrates, are perfect for maintain healthy hair in monsoons.

Every hair has a life cycle which lasts for 3 years and 4 months. Growth cycle of hair is spread over a certain period of time and consists of three basic phases

1) Anagen—which is growing phase lasts for 3 years

2) Catagen—Which is transitional phase which lasts for about a month

3) Telogen— Which is falling phase lasts for 3 months

The ratio between the anagen and the telogen phase of the hair is called as A;T ratio and should ideally be 80:20 which means 80 % of the hair are in growing phase and 20 % are in falling phase.

Normal human being sheds out at least 50 to 100 hairs every day following healthy hair growth cycle. Women after pregnancy loose more hair than normal. Alopecias are mostly seen in patients who are under constant stress. Some of the factors which may lead to alopecia are diet, illness, a range of medications, mineral deficiency, hair treatments, hereditary problem, pollution, deprived nutrition, hair styling, hormonal alterations, autoimmune disorders and etc.

One of the most significant factors of the hair loss is stress and hectic life of the one is living.

Why Hair Falls In Rainy Season – High humidity, Dirty rain water, acid rain are the causative reason for rapidly falling hair. This will make the hair dry, brittle. Excess humidity makes the scalp more oily greasy.

Dandruff, oily scalp is very common. Itching also increases as hair always remain damp. Hair breakages increases.

Changes which are needed

1 Never tie wet hair
2 Keep the hair dry
3 Use of oil should be 2/week
4 Use very mild shampoo
5 If possible avoid chemical treatment
6 Do not use hair dryer
7 Healthy diet is must, avoid outside food if possible
8 Drink at least 2 lit of water/day
9 Protection of hair with cap or umbrella is must

Corrections to control hair loss

Eat food which is rich in Vitamin C like citrus fruit, salad, baked potatoes, orange, gooseberry, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes. This will help in increasing the absorption of iron. It helps in building the immunity of body
Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flaxseeds makes the hair healthy and shiny and prevent the hair from getting dry and brittle.
Eating lentils, soybeans, sunflower seeds, wheat, and walnuts increases vitamin B in the body which invariably improves health of the hair.
Zinc is also a necessary mineral which provides nourishment to the hair. Zinc sources are peanut butter, pumpkin seeds etc.
Food rich in protein like soya bean, paneer, chickpeas, millet are also excellent for hair
Drinking 3 lit of water help in detoxification of body and it also provides minerals which are trace elements required for hair.

It’s relatively easy to take care of your hair provided you’re aware of the right steps. Drive away the monsoon blues with these pro tips and hair care this monsoon should be as easy as falling off a log.

Written By
Apoorva Shah
RichFeel Health and Beauty Pvt Ltd.


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