Managing Hair during monsoon
Monsoons are not really a
friend for your
tresses. Constant drenching in the monsoon and high levels of humidity spell
bad news for your mane. There is quite a possibility that you might fall prey to
a number of
scalp problems and bad hair days during the rainy season . Diligent
hair care is
needed to maintain the
good looks of your locks.
Certain scalp diseases become more prevalent in the monsoon -- exposure to
rainwater and consequent warm, humid conditions encourage the growth of bacteria
and fungi on the scalp. Painful pus-filled boils due to bacterial infections are
fairly common in this season, not to mention severely itchy, flaking patches of
fungal infection, which result in
hair loss in
the affected area.
Lice infestation is also way too common in the rains; lice breed during this
season. And what's more, such infestations are not just a poor man's problem --
well-to-do, hygiene-conscious people can also be easily infected.
dandruff worsens as the fungus responsible for causing it
flourishes in humid weather. Non-specific itchiness of the scalp and irritation
are also common.
Looking for Remedies:
To prevent these problems, frequent
shampooing and keeping your hair dry
as far as possible is a must in the monsoons. Contrary to popular belief,
frequent washing does not lead to hair loss -- you can even wash your hair daily
with a mild shampoo if your hair is exposed to rain every day. Magnolia blossoms
& watercress extracts are good for those with
dry hair, who would need a
moisturizing quotient in their shampoos, to prevent the hair from becoming
frizzy during monsoons.
Oily hair tends to become limp during monsoons &
requires shampoos that will give volume to the hair. Natural extracts like
sage can give that extra
bounce and vitality to limp hair.
For boils on the scalp try Betadine AD shampoo twice a week;
for fungal infections and dandruff you can try ketoconazole-based shampoos like
Nizral, KZ etc. For lice, apply Perlice, leave on for
a couple of hours and wash off. If the problem is not resolved in a few days or
become very severe, please do consult a dermatologist immediately.
Avoid brushing wet hair as it tends to break very easily. Towel dry
hair after a wash and then, if you must, run a wide-toothed comb gently through
your hair. Don't use a brush. Also, don't tie your hair up when it's wet. Let it
dry completely first.
You must also dry your hair after shampooing thoroughly. Use a hair
dryer with a diffuser attached and keep it six to eight inches away from your
hair to avoid singeing/ burning. If you're caught unawares in a rain shower and
don't have a hair dryer flip your hair under the hand dryer in the
bathroom and run your fingers through it till dry.
Conditioning is very important in the monsoon as excess humidity in
the environment tends to frizz your hair. A good
frizzing and smoothens out the hair, making it
manageable. Severe frizziness in
curled or permed hair can be tackled with anti-frizz serums available in the
market (TIGI, Schwarzkopf etc). If you're planning to
your hair or
perm it, it's advisable to wait till the rains are over as such
treatments don't always give their best results in highly humid conditions.
Avocado Oil and
Burdock in conditioners will give the hair a silky
smooth feel and also help prevent hair fall.
Keep your nourishment levels up with a high
protein diet and plenty of
whole grains and nuts, which are rich in biotin (the vitamin that helps hair
growth). You can also try protein-rich hair packs. Blend an egg white, olive
oil, soaked and crushed
Fenugreek (methi) seeds and yoghurt and coat
sections of your hair with it using a pack brush. Leave on for half an hour and
shampoo out thoroughly with lukewarm water. Severe hair loss or breakage should
be tackled by a dermatologist to determine the exact cause and to institute
effective treatment for the same.
Here's the golden rule for
in the monsoons -- keep
short and simple and your scalp clean and dry.