17 . June . 2019 BY Dr. Sharmishtha Deshpande

The undying urge of dancing in the rain is what we all have gone through on our way to the office or college. Some do it, while some stare and call the others who indulge in rain dance, silly! 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 that we all choose to 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 monsoon season.

Monsoon, which is sandwiched between the sweaty stickiness of the summer and dryness of the 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 your hair and hair comes out in clumps in your hands.

No matter how much ever you try to keep your head dry, a heavy shower is sure to leave you soaking. Proper drying of hair goes a long way in minimizing the damage caused by 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. Don’t comb your hair while it’s wet. Make sure you are using a wide toothed wooden comb. The uniquely designed RichFeel wooden comb will minimize the breakage while detangling your hair smoothly.

Why does hair fall during monsoons?

Have you ever thought, why is the rain – which is majorly loved by one and all, which is a boon considering the water shortage problem that we are currently facing – a bane for your hair? High humidity, dirty rainwater, acidic rain are the causative reasons for rapid hair fall. These can make your hair dry and brittle. Excess humidity also makes the scalp oily and greasy. Thereby dandruff and oily scalp are very common in this period. Itching can also increase as your hair remains almost always damp.

Sudden rain showers, humidity, and blowing winds! Monsoons can wreak havoc on your crowning glory if you do not take the right precautions. The hair has a natural protecting cover called cuticle. It plays a very important role in fighting the exterior environmental trigger points and keeping the inner structures safe and intact. However, during the monsoons, humidity in the air and pollutants in the rainwater can actually break your cuticle. This can make hair frizzy and snatch away the shine. This is why you need to take care of your hair during monsoons.

Here are super 6 tips that will help you tide through the monsoon season and keep your hair frizz-free and happy during the rains.

1. Wash your hair regularly

The first advice which your hair experts shall give is to have a hair bath regularly during the monsoons. The rainwater is contaminated with several acidic substances and other toxic pollutants which can damage your hair as well as your scalp. It is best not to let the rainwater be trapped in your hair for long. If at all you get drenched in the rain, never let the hair dry just like that. Make sure to wash it off to clear away not just the rainwater but also the pollutants deposited 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 hair at least 2-3 times in a 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 may break your cuticle, making the hair rough and frizzy. The hair may always appear damp due to the 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 conditioner. One of the best habits of monsoon hair care is to deep condition your hair after every hair wash. Another word of caution! 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.

3. Cover your hair to avoid humidity

It is a good hair care habit to keep your head covered with a scarf or a cap as and when you step out. This protects your hair from overexposure to rain and pollution. While it is raining, keep your hair covered with a scarf, 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. While it is not raining, make sure to carry a jacket with a hoodie as a preparatory and precautionary step. Wetting your head in rains damages your hair as also making you prone to catching a cold and cough.

4. Oil without fail

Oil massage for the 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 your hair, which can get replaced with this much-needed oil massage.

5. Style with caution

With all the chaos on a rainy morning, styling your hair is definitely the last in the list. But if you still insist on styling, make sure to keep the use of styling products absolutely minimum. Heat and chemical styling can make your already frizzy hair even drier. If possible switch to shorter hairstyles that are easier to manage and maintain in this damp weather. Choose a hairstyle that ensures minimum damage and maximum comfort. Select a style that 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 can make your hair go limp.

6. Healthy diet

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

Eat foods which are rich in Vitamin C like citrus fruits, salads, baked potatoes, oranges, gooseberries, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes. This will help in increasing the absorption of iron. It also helps in building the immunity of the body. Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flax seeds make the hair healthy, shiny and prevent the hair from getting dry and brittle. Eating lentils, soybeans, sunflower seeds, wheat, and walnuts increase vitamin B in the body, which invariably improves the health of the hair as well. Zinc is also a necessary mineral which provides nourishment to the hair. Zinc sources are peanut butter, pumpkin seeds etc. Protein-rich food items like soya bean, paneer, chickpeas, millet are also excellent for hair. Drinking 3 litres of water helps in detoxification of the body and provides minerals which are trace elements required for hair.

Monsoon season is the best season to enjoy the weather and the atmosphere, but at the same time, it is really important to take the right steps for your hair. Take the above precautions, and you will have great hair even during the rainy season. Drive away the monsoon blues with these pro hair care tips. RichFeel specializes in hair fall, hair loss, and baldness treatments as also in hair loss prevention and baldness control. Reach out to us for anything and everything hair. Consultation? Click right now.

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