It is as if your hair has a nose of its own, and as soon as this nose gets a whiff of the approaching monsoons, your hair curls (read: frizz) up in horror! Monsoon brings with it a lot of humidity and along with it hair fall and frizz. Ever wondered why your hair becomes so unmanageable at the slightest hint of humidity? The humid air causes hydrogen bonds to form between water molecules and the protein in your hair, resulting in your cuticle swelling up and thus, frizz.
Straight hair becomes wavy and wavy hair well, curls up and makes you look like you were born with an Afro! There are some clever little things you can do to tame the frizz during the monsoon... read on!
If you are the kind who loves to go out on the terrace and jump around in the rain, or if you get wet while commuting to and from work, make sure you wash your hair afterwards. Rain water is not the cleanest and you don’t want the bad stuff to linger on in your hair! Washing your hair regularly also keeps your scalp healthy.
Use a conditioner after washing your hair that will create a barrier on the cuticle and avoid the humidity from affecting the strand. After you apply the conditioner, use a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the product along the length of the hair shaft. Rinse with cold water for extra shine!
The humidity is already causing your hair to swell up, so you do not want to vigorously rub your hair with a towel to dry it after a wash. Use a microfiber cloth or an old t-shirt to gently dab and squeeze all the water out. This minimises the friction between the hair strands and hence lesser frizz!
An oil massage may seem counter-intuitive in the monsoon, but trust us; it will do your strands a lot of good. Oil soothes the cuticle and provides the necessary nourishment to the scalp. It also hydrates the outermost layer of your hair and calms it so it does not get affected by the humidity.
Accessorise your hair with headbands and scarves so your hair is away from your face and tied up. This avoids excessive moisture build up in your hair and looks cool, too!
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