Is your monsoon tress-care plan ready? Let RACHNA VIRDI show you how to flip your hair like a pro while it’s raining.
Hey gorgeous! With the monsoon season finally upon us, we’re all excited. The rain showers, water splash, all sound fun and romantic, and we cannot agree more! But wait. Are you prepared to deal with the hair woes that come with it? Do you have your hair protection in place?
While monsoon is a welcome season from the scorching heat, it tends to have some negative effects on the hair. The high humidity levels, the unclean rain or toxic water make the hair go limp, dull, frizzy and unmanageable.
Fret not, we’re here to help you have a hassle-free monsoon. All you need to do is prep your hair and fix your hair woes with our simple solution. Save your hair now!
Prep your hair
Prepping your hair is the first step to good haircare. A quick and convenient solution to overcome your hair woes and maintain your hair during rains is to include the right haircare products in your arsenal. It helps to ensure that these are picked out to cater especially to your hair and scalp type as well as combat weather.
To maintain a healthy scalp, make sure you shampoo 2-3 times a week using products that provide the right levels of moisture and conditioning to your hair. Pick a shampoo and conditioner that hydrates your hair from root to tip, locks in the moisture and best fits your specific hair need.
Hair woe #1: My hair is greasy and sweaty
The first few rains contains harmful impurities and pollutants that make your hair sticky and greasy. You need to revamp your hair and maintain its lustrous volume with good tress care. Switch to a product that helps maintain the texturised look and keeps it dry at all times.
Adhuna Bhabhani, Founder & Creative Director, BBlunt says: Your handbag shouldn’t be without this hair essential – a great dry shampoo. Dry shampoo does an extremely smooth job of absorbing excess grease whilst leaving your hair smelling divine. A must-have during monsoon, it is especially for those with on-the-go, busy lifestyles. It eliminates a greasy, sweaty scalp and refreshes the hair instantly. I don’t leave home without it; it’s perfect to style second day hair as well. Use it in-between washes, without having to use any water.
Pro-Tip: An easy to-do solution which you can try at home is to first cleanse your scalp and hair with a repair shampoo, then gently towel-dry it and apply the conditioner. Starting at the ends, work the product up to the mid-lengths of your hair. Massage or knead the product thoroughly through the hair and wrap it in a hot towel for 15 minutes for a quick-fix deep conditioning. This ensures that the product penetrates through the hair shaft. The moisturising and nourishing properties in the product will address your dry and damaged hair needs.
Hair woe #2: I have limp and lifeless hair
Most of us dread the monsoon because due to the mounting humidity in the air that make the hair go limp. The first step to manage this to avoid going out when it’s raining – be it a heavy downpour or a light drizzle.
Aanchal Budhiraja, Beauty Expert, Innisfree India says: Using a nutrient-rich hair conditioner and serum is a must during rains. Take care that you apply the conditioner and serum only on your hair strands and not on the scalp. After a good hair wash, apply a good serum to build a protective layer against rain water and humidity. While going out, always carry an umbrella to keep your hair protected from the unpredictable showers.
Pro-Tip: Do not tie your hair too tight when it is wet. Tying up causes dirty water to hibernate in your hair and turns it limp and lifeless. Instead, opt for a softer hairstyle like a loose ponytail.
Hair woe #3: My hair has become dry and frizzy
Monsoon adds to the dryness and frizz, causing absolute hair havoc! Hair frizz is a major concern during this season. What you need is a solution that fights the frizz, leaving your hair soft and manageable.
Adhuna Bhabhani says: The perfect solution is to arm yourself with a good anti-frizz, leave-in cream to combat frizz and nourish and smoothen your hair. Apply a versatile leave-in cream that doesn’t weigh your hair down but protects and nourishes your hair as you style it. For those with curly hair, a curl-defining leave-in cream is the best frizz fighter to show your curls some love. It helps to add shape and definition to your wavy mane, keeping it moisturised while protecting it from environmental damage all at the same time.
I would urge you to embrace the natural texture of your hair, don’t fight it. Use a leave-in conditioner to slightly damp hair and let it dry naturally. It also protects your hair as you style it and enhances the natural movement of your hair.
Pro-Tip: Regardless of the hair type and texture, a pro-hack is a deep conditioning treatment that ensures that monsoons don’t leave your hair dry and frizzy. Also advised is a good and relaxing massage at regular intervals to stimulate the scalp and promote blood flow which feeds the root of the hair. It is the circular motion of the massage that works for hair growth; this can be done with or without the use of any product.
Hair woe #4: My scalp feels itchy
The scalp is frequently prone to itching during monsoon. This is because there is increased risk of catching scalp issues such as fungal or bacterial infections.
Aanchal Budhiraja says: If your hair gets wet due to rains, rinse it with immediately with a mild shampoo. Never sleep when your hair is wet or semi-wet, as the excess moisture settles into the scalp and causes infections. Ensure that your hair is completely dry before you sleep. Also, follow a good haircare routine. Wash your hair 2-3 times a week. If you’re oiling your hair, keep it on for 40 minutes to an hour for the scalp and hair to absorb the nutrients from the oil. Do not leave it overnight; avoid applying oil on a dirty scalp. Instead apply aloevera gel on the scalp and hair strands. Aloe vera not only nourishes your hair shaft but works as protection from heat treatments like blow drying and ironing.
Pro-Tip: Make a soothing hair mask at home by mixing vitamin E and aloevera gel. Apply it on your scalp, wait for 30 minutes before you rinse it with a mild shampoo.
Hair woe #5: What products will nourish my hair
Rain water wracks havoc on your hair. The right haircare starts with stocking your shelves with products for your hair type. Switch to products that not only address your monsoon woes but also provide nutrients to your tresses.
Loic Chapoix, Creative Art Director, Dessange Bandra says: Humid conditions during monsoon cause two different kinds of concerns. The first is what most of us experience –unmanageable hair. For this, use products that work wonders leaving you with manageable and nourished hair. The second concern is that constant moisture in the air encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi on the scalp, triggering and aggravating scalp concerns such as itchiness, flakiness, excess oiliness and even hair loss. You need to use a scalp care range with different shampoos for addressing your scalp concerns and masque that is specifically designed for the scalp, leaving it soothed and hydrated.
Pro-Tip: When it comes to styling, you need to follow some basic tips and tricks at home. For instance, always use a heat protectant before any styling. Excessive heat will dry your hair and make it lose its sheen. Use it as a heat protection (upto 230 degrees) before a blow dry and a few pumps after for that enhanced lustre.
Hair woe #6: I’m losing my hair
We generally lose about 70-100 hair strands as a part of the hair growth cycle. However, during monsoon, we experience an increased hair fall. You can combat this issue with smart hair maintenance and the right diet.
Aanchal Budhiraja says: Avoid chemical treatments such as colouring or permanent hair eat straightening during monsoon, as these tend to make hair brittle and prone to breakage. Also, eat corrective diet to curb hairfall and strengthen the hair follicle. Diet plays a crucial role in arresting hair loss. Have a diet rich in zinc, proteins, iron and vitamin C, as deficiency of these nutrients aggravates hairfall. Legumes, nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, almonds and walnuts are good sources of zinc. For leafy greens, have iron-rich foods such as kale. Remember, the darker and greener they are, the better it is. Foods rich in vitamin C are amla, oranges, guava, spinach and parsley. A protein-rich diet also ensures healthy growth of hair and prevents hairfall. Chickpeas, lentils, tofu, peanuts, green peas and egg whites are all rich sources of protein.
Pro-Tip: Dry massage your scalp gently for five minutes, as it stimulates the scalp and helps increase blood circulation. There are lymph nodes and vessels in our scalp; these help to revitalise hair growth that results in healthy scalp and hair.
Snip snip snip!
Hair advice by Adhuna: An important tip is to trim your hair regularly, every 6-8 weeks to rid of split ends and maintain the shape of your haircut. If you haven’t gone short yet, now’s the time! You can opt for a deconstructed pixie, a messy or graduated bob or even a lob – all low-maintenance cuts. We are excited about working on clients’ fresh hair canvas post-lockdown, and happy to help them make the right choice. A chic, monsoon-friendly haircut is the best accessory you can gift yourself.
SOS for acid rains
Beware of acid rain showers! Acid rains are rains containing acidic components that are harmful to the hair. The impurities and toxins adversely affect the hair and scalp by weakening the structure and the roots. Exposure to such toxic showers results in frequent hair loss. The best solution is to protect your hair by wearing a cap and using an umbrella when stepping out. Hydrate your hair well using a hair serum regularly.
Care tips for styling
- Try to limit the use of heated tools. However, should you succumb to it use, be sure to prep your hair for styling with a hair mist. It works as a shield to protect your hair.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle the hair that has knotted up after getting wet.
DIY hair mask by Dr Blossom Kochchar
Hair is the crown on your head and you should take extra care of it. I recommend shampooing your hair 2-3 times a week, depending upon how oily your hair gets. Do regular oiling with warm oil, twice a week. Since you are at home, make a good hair mask to nourish your hair. To make a hair mask, take half squashed banana, 2 tablespoons conditioner, a squeeze of lemon, one teaspoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons of curd. Mix well and apply it on your hair, and wash it after 20 minutes. Also, learn the right way to blow-dry your hair.