With the monsoons in full swing, most of us are enjoying the cool temperatures and the soft patter of raindrops on our window panes. Every season gets with it certain lifestyle modifications that we need to follow. Be it in the area of diet, health or skin and hair care regime, we need to make those small tweaks to be able to adjust better.
Did you know that your hair is made up of bundles of keratin proteins, which are susceptible to the amount of hydrogen present in the air? Yes, this means that hair is also equally vulnerable with the weather changes that we face in every season. We’ve listed a tried and tested monsoon hair care regime for you that will ensure healthy and shiny tresses all through the season.
5 Do’s for Hair in the Monsoon Season
1. Do apply a natural hair pack. Hair has a tendency to behave badly during the monsoons, and more chemicals will only aggravate the problem. Soothe it down with a hair pack made of natural ingredients to nourish hair from within. You can read more about making your own natural hair packs in this post.
2. Do eat more protein. As mentioned above, hair is mainly protein; so eat more protein for more hair! Monsoons are notorious for hair fall, so this is the time when your hair needs extra sustenance in the form of beans, lentils and other protein rich food.
3. Do drink lots of water. When it pours, it’s unlikely that you’ll feel like reaching out for that glass of water, but it is important if you want to avoid frizzy hair. Dehydration is possible even if it isn’t blazing outside, so you need to take extra effort to hydrate yourself. Include loads of fresh fruit juices, lemon juice and plain water in your diet. You can also opt for fruits that are rich in water content like melons and apples.
4. Do use a conditioner. Since frizziness is on the rise this season, sealing your cuticles and nourishing it from the outside is essential. Apart from using a mild, SLS free shampoo, you also need to use a moisturizing conditioner for your hair. Be sure to leave on the conditioner for at least a couple of minutes to maximize its effects.
5. Do keep your hair dry. Whether you’ve just had a shower or got caught in one, dry your hair at the earliest opportunity you get. Wet hair is weak, and more susceptible to damage. Use a towel, but be careful not to rub wet hair or it’ll break.
5 Don’ts for Hair in the Monsoon Season
1. Don’t use heat styling tools. We know that dehydration causes frizziness, so heat styling is a sure fire way to damage hair. Try going au naturel this season and if you absolutely must use heat styling, apply a heat protectant first.
2. Don’t get wet in the rain. It’s probably tempting to go out and get drenched as soon as the first rains come in, but that is definitely the time you should avoid the rain. While opinions vary, most people agree that the first rains are full of pollutants from the atmosphere. Also, if you’re out with your hair tied up and it gets wet, you have no way of drying it till you get home, which means your hair is getting damaged all that time.
3. Don’t use styling creams. It’s best to avoid chemical styling products in general, but more so during monsoons due to the higher rate of hair fall. It is also recommended not to color hair during the rains, since it is more prone to damage and maintenance of treated hair is harder this season.
4. Don’t use hot water on hair. A nice hot shower might seem ideal when it’s cold and rainy outside, but beware of using hot water on your head. It’ll weaken your hair strands and cause more hair fall. Stick to cool water to wash your hair.
5. Don’t eat junk food. Filling yourself with junk food means lower intake of healthy foods which translates into dull, lifeless hair. Yes, this also includes those oily snacks that are synonymous with monsoons! It’s better to go easy on the caffeine as well, since it contributes to dehydration.
Most of these are regular hair care tips, but they gain more significance during the monsoon because of the hair-damaging properties of the season. Now that you’re armed with all this information, you can go ahead and enjoy the showers without worrying about your tresses!
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