Monsoon 2018 promises to be different. And, here’s why!
The rains call for those long, never-ending sessions of chai, pakodas, and chats; pleasant breezes, and romantic moments. And, a messy mane! Oops, sorry to break that pretty picture, but don’t we all “true that” on that one? Hair fall, dandruff, and sticky, annoying locks are just some of the many hair woes that most of us face during this season. But, let’s make Monsoon 2018 a little different. We get some leading hairstylists to solve your monsoon hair woes.
Doesn’t it feel that your hair has a life of its own during the monsoons? Like, it’s so angry and irate, that it decides to go all frizzy on you! Rohan Jagtap, Co-Owner, Bespoke Salon, tells you how to deal with this monsoon curse.
• Deep conditioning treatments at a salon, followed by moisturising shampoo, masque and a leave-in conditioner, is a must.
• You could opt for a smoothening treatment, which will last for about three-four months.
Style hacks: Styling your hair in different types of braids will make it easy to handle the frizz, and also make for an edgy statement.
Hair fall horrors
Maleeha Jafferbhoy, Style Director, Jean-Claude Biguine, comes to the rescue. She shares, “Women lose approximately 60-100 strands of hair during hairwash , which multiplies to as many as 200 strands in the monsoons.” Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Expert speak :
• Avoid getting your hair wet in the rain. Pollutants in the rain water weaken the hair, making it dull and thin. Cover your hair before stepping out to protect it from humidity. Wet hair is also susceptible to breakage. Always gently dry your hair first and then comb it with a detangler.
• Use a shampoo and conditioner that strengthen your hair. Also, the hair gets frizzy in this weather, so make sure you use an anti-frizz mask.
• Avoid using hot tools, as they make the hair even more dry and rough.
• When it comes to hair fall, it is extremely important to get a scalp diagnosis done. Following that, you will be recommended in-salon treatments and homecare products. A combination of both is essential to treat hair fall.
Product recommendations: System Professional Alpha Energy
Limp and dull hair
There’s nothing as boring as hair that looks and feels limp and dull…and, doubly so during the monsoons. Sylvia Chen, Owner, Butterfly Pond, tells us how to get rid of this nightmare.
• The key is to use detox shampoo once a week to remove any build-up of dirt and impurities• To counter limp hair, it’s important to seal the cuticle and block out the humidity with an in-salon treatment that will give your hair a good boost of moisture. Get one every fortnight.
• Use a leave-in conditioner after your conditioning treatment at home and seal the ends of the hair after blow-drying with a serum or argan oil. Don’t use too much serum on fine hair.
Style hacks: A top-knot or a sleek high ponytail can look great for the evening. Both these styles work well on unwashed hair. A French braid or Dutch braid (pinch hair out to create lift and volume) on the top crown (box section) and pulling the rest of the hair into a ponytail is a trending style. It works well for mid- lengths and long hair.
Product recommendations: Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder
Annoying itchy, irritated scalp
Don’t you want to just tear your hair apart (literally!) when you have that scratchy, sticky scalp? Calm down, as Jafferbhoy shows you how to deal with it all.
• Regular use of shampoo and conditioner keeps the scalp clean and healthy and prevents itching. In-salon treatments also help combat this.
• Avoid using too many products. Due to excessive humidity in the air, these chemical-based products and their build-up can irritate the scalp and make it itchy, flaky and greasy.
• Stay hydrated. Water flushes out toxins that lead to fungal infections.
Product recommendations: Wella System Professional Balance Range Shampoo, Mask, Leave-in Serum
Eeky oily, sticky scalp
How terrible does a messy scalp look…and feel! Pushkin Bhasin, Managaing Director, Mascara Hair Academy and Salon, helps combat the mess.
• Avoid using strong shampoos as they strip off too much oil, causing your scalp to produce even more oil. • Opt for silicone-free and sulphate-free shampoos. Let the shampoo sit on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing it off.• Avoid using highly moisturising hair products.
• Refresh your hair with a dry shampoo; preferably a natural dry shampoo, such as baking soda and cocoa powder. Also, try using some powder at the roots; it provides long-lasting grease absorption.
Style hacks: If you have straight hair, try curling it, or go for a cut that brings out the waves. A pulled-back style is great to disguise oil.
Yves Rocher Pureté Shampooing Purifiant Shampoo (silicone free)
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Shampoo
Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Tropical-riche Shampoo
Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder
Those little white monsters can be the most annoying thing ever, isn’t it? Chen gives some tips on how to get rid of them.
• As dandruff is a scalp condition, it requires a shampoo formulated with zinc pyrithione, piroctone olamine and climbazole, as these ingredients come together to combat both dry and greasy dandruff.
Product recommendations: An anti-dandruff shampoo alone is not enough to combat the issue. An in-salon treatment is suggested as it will have a concentrated version of treatments that actually cleanse the scalp and restore the balance of bacterial flora on the scalp, which is disrupted due to dry scalp condition, or stress or hormonal imbalance.
Jagtap shares some more smart style tips:
• Hair fall: Go short! A new look and a less stressful scalp, indeed!
• Itchy, irritated scalp: Avoid tying the hair, leave it loose for the scalp to breathe and feel fresh.