Monsoon is here! We are sure you are excited about heading outdoors and play in the rain, soak yourself in wet clothes and generally mess around with your appearance in this monsoon. It's the season when you experiment with your look. Everyone seems relaxed, playful, and independent.
During the monsoon rains the cities and the countryside alike, look dreamy and enchanting with a cool blue halo around them. People go around inspecting their gardens and patios while kids run between puddles. However, amidst all the rush and excitement, a question arises — what does monsoon do to hair?
- What does the monsoon weather do to hair?
- The ideal monsoon hair care routine you should follow
- Homemade hair packs for monsoon
What does the monsoon weather do to hair?
You are worried knowing that monsoons are probably the worst time of year for your hair. The changing climate during monsoon can aggravate your hair to the extent that it becomes unmanageable. The problems such as fizziness, dryness or excessive oiliness or the dreaded problem of hair fall can occur to almost every hair type.
While you may think “I'll just wash my hair more frequently during monsoon”, that won't be enough to help your hair when it's in such a fragile state due to weather conditions of Monsoon. Let's discuss some of the most common hair care problems during monsoon:
The rainy season brings a lot of problems for your hair, but dandruff is definitely one of the most annoying. Itchy, flaky skin on your scalp? Not fun! The humidity and heat that come with monsoon season can cause dryness, which makes it easier for dandruff to develop.
- Oily Scalp
The increased humidity causes moisture to remain on your scalp for longer periods of time, which can lead to an increase in the production of oil. The combination of all these factors can lead to a greasy scalp that is difficult to manage at times. Oily scalp attracts more dust, which in turn damages your hair.
- Hair fall
Does hair fall more in monsoon? I know the answer might not be what you want to hear, but the reason — yes, there is a valid reason why your hair falls so much in the rainy season. Well, the reason is the extreme change in weather. This is because the excessive moisture in air causes your scalp to sweat. The excess level of humidity in your surroundings traps your dandruff and hair-fall causing impurities on your scalp and makes it dry.
In a geographically diverse country like India, while you might have a year-round hair care routine, you will have to tweak it with the arrival of a different season which poses its own challenges. It’s no different for the monsoon season, which calls for you to follow a monsoon hair care routine!
The ideal monsoon hair care routine you should follow
Here are simple things that you can do to protect your hair during this awful season...
- Protect Your Hair From Rainwater
The first step to protecting your hair from the weather is to wear a hat or scarf when it's raining. This will prevent water from running down your face and into your hair, causing frizz or making already curly hair frizzier.
But if you do want to let your hair down, follow these tips:
- Coat Your Hair With Oil Or Gel So It Doesn't Get Too Wet
- use a soft microfiber towel to dry your hair well
- wash it as soon as possible
- Establish a proper hair wash routine
As much as we would like to wash our hair every day (because it really does feel good), it isn’t very good for our tresses. So, instead of shampooing every day, try using a conditioning shampoo at least twice in a week. During these days, use conditioner on your scalp only and rinse it off thoroughly so that there is no residue left behind. This will help keep your scalp clean without drying out the rest of your strands. It also makes sure that your ends don’t get too much attention from the product because they tend to be dryer than the rest of your hair anyway.
- Choosing The Right Comb
Wondering, ‘What’s in a comb?’ This in fact is an equally important part of your monsoon hair care routine. If you have curly or wavy hair then it is better to use wide tooth combs because they detangle wet hair easily without causing any damage to them. If you have straight and smooth hair then, choose thin tooth combs because they detangle dry and damaged hairs without causing any damage to them as well.
- Applying Coconut Oil
This age old hack has been known to do wonders given its benefits on hair and skin. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer, which helps in keeping the scalp healthy and hydrated. The essential fatty acids present in coconut oil nourish the hair shaft, thus preventing dryness and breakage.
- Adopt easy to style, easy to maintain hairstyles!
The best thing to do is to adopt a hassle-free hairstyle that can be styled in minutes. For example, choose a simple bun or ponytail instead of complicated braids or buns that take more time to make. Remember protecting your tresses is more important than looking cool!
- Follow a proper diet
Your diet plays an essential role in keeping your hair healthy. A good diet helps in strengthening the roots of your hair, which results in a healthy scalp. Include foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals such as eggs, milk, fruits and vegetables in your diet. Also drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
- Drink enough water
Drinking water is an essential part of any beauty regime because it keeps your skin hydrated and healthy-looking all day long. However, when it comes to keeping your hair healthy during monsoon season then drinking water becomes even more important because hot weather causes dehydration which leads to dryness in the scalp which eventually results in frizzy hair! So, drink at least 2 litres of water every day during this monsoon season.
- Take care while getting your hair coloured or dyed
You should not colour your hair during this time. But if you have coloured or highlighted hair, then make sure that you don’t use harsh shampoos or chemical treatments during this season because they can damage your dyed locks causing them to fade away faster than usual, especially under humid weather conditions!
Homemade hair packs for monsoon
The monsoon season is the perfect time to pamper your hair with homemade hair packs. These homemade hair packs are quick and easy to make, and will help you keep your hair healthy and long-lasting.
- Curd, lemon and mustard oil hair pack for damage free hair
Curd is rich in proteins and it contains vitamin A and E which are essential for healthy hair growth. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and citric acid which helps in removing dead cells from scalp and also adds shine to your hair. Mustard oil has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in treating dandruff effectively. This pack can be used daily to prevent dandruff.
Mix in curd, lemon and mustard oil to make this hair pack and let it dry, then wash off with water.
- Egg, Lemon and Honey hair pack for an oil free scalp
Lemon and honey are two of the most popular ingredients used in home remedies. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that help to nourish your hair and also make it shinier. The egg white helps to cleanse your scalp, making it healthy.
Mix in two egg yolks, an egg white, lemon juice and a few drops of honey. Generously apply it onto your hair, let it dry and wash off with a deep cleansing shampoo.
- Honey and milk hair pack for dull hair
Honey is a natural humectant that helps to retain moisture in the skin, making it an ideal ingredient for dry hair. It also contains antioxidants which helps in preventing premature aging of the skin. Milk is rich in lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove impurities from the scalp. The two ingredients when mixed together forms one of the best homemade hair pack recipes that can give your dull locks a new life!
To make this pack, take some milk and add honey to it. Apply the mask on your hair and wash off with cold water after 30 minutes.
- Banana and mayonnaise hair pack for frizz free hair
Banana and mayonnaise are two of the best foods that can be used to improve the health of your hair. The nutrients present in these two ingredients help to nourish and strengthen your hair, making it soft and shiny. The vitamin B6 present in banana helps to prevent hair loss, while the vitamin E present in mayonnaise acts as an antioxidant, thereby preventing premature greying of the hair.
Take some bananas and mash them properly. To this, add some mayonnaise and mix well. Apply this pack on the scalp and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Monsoon is always a time of joy and pleasure for everyone. The rains bring with them a sense of relief from the scorching heat. It also wreaks havoc on your strands by changing its texture and making it heavy. However, there are some simple things you can do to keep this from happening. All you need to focus on is maintaining a basic hair care routine that will work with your type of hair.
At Kailon you can spend a few minutes to take the free online hair analysis which will help us identify your hair type, key concerns and our hair care experts can recommend the perfect hair care recipe. To explore our hair care products and personal care subscription boxes click here. Evocative of the true spirit of India, Kailon is a made in India brand, our products are cruelty free, 100% vegetarian and are sourced without harming the environment.