YOU MAY DAMPEN YOUR HAIR, BUT DON’T DAMPEN YOUR SPIRITS!
Monsoon season in India is a time of relief from the sweltering heat, but it also brings its own set of haircare challenges. The high humidity levels, rainwater, and pollution can make your hair frizzy, dull, and prone to breakage. In this blog, we’ll discuss how the monsoon and humidity can damage your hair, and provide some tips and home remedies to keep your hair healthy during the rainy season.
The monsoon season in India is characterized by high humidity levels, which can wreak havoc on your hair and scalp.
- Humidity can cause your hair to become frizzy and unmanageable, as it absorbs moisture from the air. This can make your hair look dull and lifeless, and also make it more prone to breakage as the strand is weakened with the heaviness of the moisture.
- Rainwater itself can be acidic, which can damage your hair and the hair shaft. This acidic rainwater can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle, leading to split ends too.
- In addition to humidity and rainwater, pollution during the monsoon season can also damage your hair. The air is filled with dust and pollutants, which can settle on your hair and scalp. This can clog your hair follicles, leading to hair fall and dandruff.
- The scalp oiliness due to the increased moisture levels can lead to irritation and itching, along with increased flaking.
The two things you need to keep in mind are scalp care and hair care, with a focus on controlling the effects of the humidity increase on both of them.
Here are some tips to help you prevent hair damage during the monsoon season:
- Keep your scalp clean: During the monsoon season, it’s important to keep your scalp squeaky clean. Wash your hair regularly with a mild clarifying shampoo followed by a conditioner to keep it clean and hydrated. If you get caught in the rain, make sure to rinse your hair with clean water as soon as possible, and try your best to wash your hair after you’re done with the rainwater fun!
- DRY YOUR HAIR! Yes, that might sound like counter-intuitive, but hear why Dr. Shetty advises you to do so. You will notice that your hair takes a lot longer to naturally dry up, and as explained earlier – this is due to the high humidity. But what does wet hair for a longer time mean? Well, it could mean more breakage and the strands becoming weaker. So yes, drying your hair up will actually be a good option, though with certain precautions. Don’t blast your hair dryer on high heat, and most definitely use a heat-protecting and nourishing hair serum for that extra care for your hair.
c. Trim your hair regularly: Trimming your hair regularly can prevent split ends and breakage, which are common during monsoons. It’s a good idea to get a haircut before the monsoon season starts, and then trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to keep it healthy.
d. Deep condition your hair to keep the frizz at bay: Our bodies are truly amazing. Did you know that the molecules in your hair strands actually sense the humidity increase and begin to re-arrange themselves to deal with it? As awesome as that is, that’s exactly what gives you the rain weather frizzy-ness! Most people believe that the monsoons mean you must avoid conditioner or deep-conditioning treatments. As a matter of fact, your hair needs that moisture boost just as much during this time too! So be generous with hair hydration, and treat yourself to a nice hair spa and head massage.
e. Protect your hair from rainwater: Rainwater can be acidic and can damage your hair when in contact with it. Use an umbrella or a raincoat to protect your hair when you step out in the rain. If you get caught in the rain, make sure to rinse your hair with clean water as soon as possible.
f. Let your hair down – This is a sensitive time for your hair strength, so avoid tying your hair too tightly or for too long! Let your locks loose and give them some breathing space. It would help if you avoided any styling or heat tools during this time, because not only will it fall flat, but you’ll be challenging your hair toughness for no reason at all! As Dr. Rashmi Shetty advocates – embracing your natural self is the best kind of beauty. So use this season to love your natural hair a little more than usual.
1) Yogurt and Honey: Yogurt and honey are both excellent ingredients for keeping your hair healthy during monsoons. They help to moisturize your hair and prevent it from becoming dry and brittle. Mix equal parts of yogurt and honey and apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
2) Aloe vera: Aloe vera is another natural remedy that can help to provide a good dose of nutrients to your hair follicles. It contains enzymes, fatty acids, and Vitamin A, B12, C, and E. These help to repair damaged hair, soothe the scalp, and promote hair growth. Apply fresh aloe vera gel to your hair and scalp, and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
At Ra Skin and Aesthetics, our Scalp Peel is a powerful treatment that can help you to take care of your scalp health during this season. Our Hair Oxygen Treatment is another wonderful option, which delivers pure oxygen with micro-nutrients to your scalp! You can go the extra mile this season with the Solskin Corp Anagen – which has all the goodies you would need for strong, healthy and shiny hair all year round!
In conclusion, the monsoon season in India can be tough on your hair, but with the right care and attention, you can keep your hair healthy and gorgeous during this time. Remember to keep your scalp clean and your hair hydrated. With these tips and remedies, you can enjoy the monsoon season without worrying about your hair.
If you are facing severe hair breakage or hair loss, please consult your dermatologist to guide you. You may schedule your appointment with us at +919833055236 in Mumbai, or +914044544335 in Hyderabad.
Each article is written by Aastha Kottary after detailed discussions and notes from Dr. Shetty
Dr. Rashmi Shetty
Mumbai | Hyderabad
Dr. Rashmi Shetty is a celebrity dermatologist, industry pioneer, author , globally invited teaching faculty and a leading expert in aesthetic medicine having over 20 years of experience in aesthetic and clinical dermatology. She is the Founder and chief dermatologist at Ra Skin and Aesthetics in Mumbai and Hyderabad. She is named the best Dermatologist by Vogue 2020 and is the first Indian doctor on the International Advisory board of the Anti-Ageing World Congress, FACE London, ICAD Asia, and honorary faculty at UCL .
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