If you think it’s just the skin that faces the challenge during monsoon, think again. Our hair and scalp are also victims of the rains and pollution. The situation gets aggravated by sweat, which further attracts dust particles and other polluted elements.
Listed below are some commonly seen problems of hair and scalp, which are aggravated during the rains. We have Cosmetic Physician, Dr Jamuna Pai providing beauty guidelines for maintaining a lovely mane this monsoon season:
Frizzy hair: As hair tends to get wet during this monsoon, it gets frizzy and looks untidy. People usually choose to massage oil on the scalp but in my opinion, a massage only improves the circulation and oil will not go into the hair shaft but oiling is good for the outer layer, coating it like a hat. Further on, use anti-frizz serum after you wash and towel dry your hair.
UV damage: Besides damage to the shaft of the hair, UV rays alter the natural colour and the texture of the hair. A special word of caution here to all those who have coloured their hair. The rains and dirt change the colour that has been used on your shaft and also shorten the longevity of the result of hair colour. Please do use shampoos formulated for protecting hair colour. Cover your hair with a nice umbrella while travelling.
Excessive dandruff: This probably is the most common scalp problem one comes across. Thorough and frequent shampooing is a good way to rapidly remove the scales. Using a medicated shampoo containing ketoconazole, selenium sulphide or zinc pyrithione once a week helps in removing the scales as well as in decreasing the production of scales.
Oiliness of scalp and hair: This is due to production of natural scalp oil mixing with rain water. Use a shampoo that is gentle enough for daily use but strong enough to cleanse your scalp. Remember to apply the conditioner only on the ends of the hair. Finally, when shampooing and conditioning the hair, switch from warm water to cool water after you’ve thoroughly rinsed away the conditioner. The cool water will shrink the opening of the hair follicles and slow down the oil production.
Fungal infection: Maintaining a good hygiene of hair and scalp is the key to keep away fungal infection of the scalp, which is seen quite frequently during monsoon. Using an anti-fungal lotion to cleanse the scalp under the guidance of a physician will definitely help.
Lack of lustre: Due to the hair becoming dry and frizzy, it loses its shine and lustre. Take half a cup of apple cider vinegar and dilute it with a cup full of water. Pour this on your hair after shampooing. It helps to restore the shine to the sun-damaged dry and brittle hair.
Brittle hair: Hair when exposed to the sunrays for a long duration can become brittle. Increase protein intake and take supplements of biotin vitamin. Biotin has much value with regards to hair growth and anyone who is experiencing hair loss or brittle and weak hair might try biotin supplements under the guidance of their physician.