Exposure to humidity and dirty rainwater encourages the growth of bacteria on skin and scalp during monsoon. The signs of scalp infections can range from painful pus-filled boils to severe itchiness, as well as flaky patches and even hair loss in some cases. Another embarrassing yet common problem during the rainy season is lice infestation. Even the most hygienic people are easily infected by these infections during monsoon. 

With some effective hair care tips however, you can prevent and get rid of these scalp infections with ease. Read on to find out what they are...

Wash your hair regularly
 

Wash your hair regularly

Keep your hair and scalp clean as it is the key to getting healthy and strong hair. Rain water is mixed with impurities, pollutants and chemicals that can cause infections, dandruff, hair fall and also ruin the quality of your hair. Therefore, you must wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo such as the Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo, this lightweight formula will cleanse your hair and scalp without being too harsh. 

Keep your hair and scalp dry
 

Keep your hair and scalp dry

Dampness damages your hair in more ways than one. Whether your hair is damp because of the rainwater or you did not dry it properly post washing, damp hair breaks easily and causes your scalp to itch. Therefore, remove as much water as you can using a bath towel and then allow hair to dry naturally.

Rely on hair masks
 

Rely on hair masks

Just like your face, your hair also need some pampering, especially the scalp. You can rely on some DIY hair masks to keep infections at bay during monsoon. One of the easiest and most effective masks can be made using fenugreek seeds. Grind the seeds and add some yoghurt to make a paste, apply this to the roots of your hair. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.

Trim your hair short
 

Trim your hair short

If you chopped your hair short this summer, it is a good idea to keep it short for the next few months. One of the reasons being, it dries quickly, is easier to style and allows your hair and scalp to breathe during this humid weather.

Eat a balanced diet
 

Eat a balanced diet

Believe it or not, certain foods help prevent and fight infections. A balanced diet rich in protein, calcium and iron can add shine and lustre to dull and lifeless hair. Fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yogurt are known to effectively fight bacterial infections.