While monsoons bring us relief from the hot and sultry weather, the climate change also bring with it humidity, excessive dirt and pollution which in turn causes damage to our skin and hair. Hair woes such as dandruff, product build-up, itchy and infected scalp, dryness and hair fall are most common in the rainy season. And do you know what makes it worse? When you have colour-treated hair to save from the harsh rain water!

But ladies, fret not! To help you care for your colour-treated hair during monsoon, we’ve got you covered with all the dos and don’ts you need to know about...

Dos
 

Dos

  • Use sulphate free shampoo and conditioner: Sodium is a type of anionic detergent which is an ingredient used in a number of personal care products. This ingredient helps shampoos and conditioners lather up. However, by using sulphate-infused hair care products, you are increasing the risk of stripping your hair of natural oils and moisture which in turn can strip colour from your hair.
  • Apply leave-in conditioners before stepping out: Yes, you read that right! This little hack can save your hair colour from bleeding in the rains. All you need to do is dampen your locks and apply some conditioner before stepping out. Stepping out with conditioner in your locks can save your colour treated mane from environmental factors such as heat, humidity, pollution as well as the harmful effects of dirty rainwater. Colour treated hair are more prone to frizz. So during monsoon especially, make sure you don’t skip conditioner as conditioning your hair after each wash will protect it from getting frizzy.

Don’ts
 

Don’ts

  • Bring your hair in contact with chlorine: Chlorine is your colour treated hair’s biggest enemy. It has the power to strip colour from your hair instantly. While blonde hair may start looking greenish, darker shades can tend to look dull, dry and lose its shine. Therefore, avoid chlorine if you don’t want all that time, money and effort go down the drain. If you are really tempted to take a dip in the pool, then either cover your hair with a shower cap or apply leave-in conditioner before entering the pool. The conditioner will create a barrier on the hair shafts so as to not allow the chlorine to penetrate and cause damage.
  • Use hot water: Hot water showers after a long and exhausting give the best feeling, no doubt. However, using hot water to wash your hair can do more harm than good. Hot water not only strips your hair of its natural oils but also strips the colour, allowing it to wash out while shampooing and conditioning. It is ideal therefore to use lukewarm water to wash your hair as that will allow the products to penetrate and cleanse well. Also, finish off with a cold water rinse in the end to seal in the moisture as well as your hair’s cuticle, to prevent your hair colour from fading.

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