The monsoon season can be pretty harsh on your mane, especially if you are not prepared for it. Due to the increased humidity, your scalp can get extremely oily. As a result, you end up washing your hair more often, robbing it of its natural moisture. All this leads to frizziness, dull hair, dandruff and even hair fall.
Following a proper monsoon hair care regime can help reduce the adverse effects of monsoon on your tresses. And what better way to learn about monsoon hair care than from an expert. We chatted with Pooja Singh, National Creative Director – Hair, Lakme Salon on the best way to care for your mane during the rainy season and here’s what we found out.
- What makes rainwater so bad for your hair
- The perfect hair care routine for monsoon
- The right ingredients for your scalp during monsoons
- Salon treatments for monsoon hair care
- Monsoon hair care tips to remember
What makes rainwater so bad for your hair
Rainwater is acidic in nature and when your hair gets exposed to it, it strips it of its moisture, leaving it rough and frizzy. If you do get wet in the rain, make sure to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner to remove any kind of debris or impurities from the hair. And do not forget to use a serum or leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from the frizz caused due to the humidity.
The perfect hair care routine for monsoon
There are no seasonal hair woes that can’t be dealt with a proper hair care routine. According to Pooja, here’s what your monsoon hair routine should look like:
- Washing - Shampoo your hair regularly to remove any residue or particles from your scalp left behind by rainwater.
- Conditioning – Conditioning your hair by applying a masque is important as it controls frizz and smoothes out the hair.
- Masking - Rainwater tends to make your hair limp and lifeless. To prevent this, apply a few drops of hair serum or leave-in conditioner on the mid-lengths and ends. This forms a layer over the hair shaft, protecting, nourishing and adding shine to your hair
- Drying - If you get wet in the rain, make sure to wash your hair immediately and dry it thoroughly, as rainwater is dirty and acidic, and can lead to fungal or bacterial infections. Also never go out with wet hair; either dry your hair with a hairdryer (with medium to low heat) or let it naturally air dry.
- Oiling – A good head massage with a moisturising oil will boost blood circulation in the scalp and promote hair growth. It will also moisturise the scalp and hair. However, avoid doing this more than once or twice a week as your scalp is more prone to oiliness during the monsoon.
The right ingredients for your scalp during monsoons
If you tend to experience an itchy or flaky scalp during the monsoon, try washing your hair with an SLS-free shampoo. An SLS-free shampoo does not contain the harsh ingredient of sodium lauryl sulphate, which is a foaming agent (detergent) and will thus prevent irritation.
Alternatively, you can use a shampoo which contains natural extracts like ginseng, ginger or peppermint to give your scalp that fresh feeling. When it comes to conditioner, one with argan oil, shea butter or protein extract from soy is best as they have a higher conditioning power.
Salon treatments for monsoon hair care
During the monsoon, your hair might need that extra TLC. So don’t skip a hair spa at the salon. A deep conditioning treatment during the monsoon will provide nourishment to your hair and roots. A Keratin Treatment is also a great option during the monsoon as it will give you frizz-free hair for up to 45 washes i.e. 2-3 months. Just make sure to use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner post your keratin treatment.
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Monsoon hair care tips to remember
Apart from daily care, here are some expert tips to remember for the monsoon season:
- Carry an umbrella for protection and apply a serum or a leave-in conditioner for extra care.
- Use a hot towel after the application of conditioner on the hair for better penetration of the masque.
- Make sure not to tie wet hair, use a hairdryer too often or venture out after applying oil as this could lead to hair damage.
- Skip those full-volume blowouts and embrace your natural texture, be it wavy or curly. This will help to give your hair the much-needed break from heat-styling tools.
- Tie your hair in high ponytails or buns to prevent frizz. You can also style it in different kinds of braids.