Monsoon brings much needed respite from the scorching summer sun. The first shower of rain is welcomed with open arms. However, the season brings with it a few woes – hair being a major one. As much as one may enjoy the monsoons, for most, bad hair days are a common occurrence. Hair has a tendency to get frizzy, dull and limp. This situation gets aggravated if you are living in coastal areas. For me, spending monsoons in Mumbai would be the last resort. Without fail, every monsoon, my hair behaved like it had a will of its own, till I realised where I was going wrong in caring for my hair during the rains.
We know that for many women and even for men, their hair gets frizzy and unmanageable. The chemical structure of hair is such that it makes it susceptible to the amount of hydrogen present in the air, which is linked to the humidity levels. Thus hair behaves differently during monsoons as compared to other seasons. The higher the level of moisture in the air, the more the hair will absorb moisture and temporarily change its shape. Thus if your hair is naturally curly, it will get curlier or frizzier in monsoons.
But there are always ways to care for your hair so as to avoid/minimise your hair from taking an undesired shape.
Keep your hair clean and avoid tying up hair that is wet by rain water. Monsoons are conducive to viral and fungal infections and thus care must be taken to wash your hair every single time it gets wet in the rain. However it is advisable to use mild shampoos since the lathering ones can dry your hair thereby making them brittle. And rough, dry hair will only aggravate frizziness.
Never forget to condition your hair. Conditioners coat the hair strands which soften the hair and form a protective covering that aids in minimising the harsh effects of hair treatments.
Avoid the use of hot air treatments. Since hair tends to get frizzy, using equipments like blow dryers or hair straighteners is redundant since the moisture content will reverse the heat effect. Instead, wear your hair simple and natural.
Chemical treatments like hair straightening, perming, curling etc., should not be tried during the monsoons. The chemicals in these treatments can react with rain water and cause infections. (I’d say there’s never a good time to try these. What’s natural is always the best)
Use wide-toothed combs made from natural materials like wood to brush your hair. This will prevent hair breakage because of entanglement and also prevent static energy build up. Plastic brushes/combs on the other hand, result in static formation that also causes hair to turn frizzy.
It might seem unnecessary, but hair must be regularly oiled even during monsoons. Warm olive oil is ideal for the scalp. Add juice of one lemon to the olive oil if you feel your scalp is getting dry/in case of dandruff.
A good option to minimise hair getting frizzy is by using a hair mask once in 2 weeks. Opt for a natural homemade mask if you have the time. Honey makes for an excellent hair conditioner since it locks in moisture. To condition dry, damaged hair, mix honey with olive oil and apply on your hair for 20 minutes and wash off. You could also replace the olive oil with yoghurt. This mask will restore the shine in dry dull hair.
Enjoy the monsoons and least of all, let not your hair dampen your spirits!