After the sweltering summer heat, the monsoon brings with it some much-needed respite. Who does not love the sound of rain, gorging on piping hot pakoras and curling up with a good read, right? But if there’s one thing that most girls really dread about this season, then it has to be monsoon-related hair fall.
Factors like increased humidity and acidic rainwater make your hair and scalp super dry, leading to problems such as dandruff and frizz. This is the main reason why so many people complain about an increase in hair fall during the monsoon season. A lot of times, following your regular hair care routine, can seem absolutely ineffective and DIY remedies don’t help either. Needless to say, all this can lead to a lot of stress. If these problems sound all too familiar, then fret no more, because your friends at BeBe are here to help. In this article, we spoke to a dermatologist, Dr. Chytra Anand on some super effective hair care tips as well as home remedies to help you successfully fight hair fall during the monsoon season and flaunt healthy and gorgeous hair throughout. Yes, really! So, without wasting any more time, let’s get started…
- How to prevent hair fall in the monsoon season
- Home remedies for hair fall in monsoon
- FAQs about hair fall in monsoon
How to prevent hair fall in the monsoon season
As stressful as noticing too much hair fall during the rainy season can be, it can be easily avoided by practicing these simple hair care tips mentioned below –
1. Cover your hair
Who doesn't love getting drenched in the rain, right? But turns out, this can actually cause a lot of harm to your hair. Wondering how? Well, rainwater seems to look extremely pure and clean, but this isn’t exactly true. It is, in fact, riddled with a lot of chemicals and acid, which end up damaging your scalp and follicles. This leaves your hair extremely weak and prone to damage. Therefore, make sure to cover your head with either a cap or an umbrella to control hair fall in the monsoon season.
2. Wash your hair right after
Now despite our best efforts, there will be times when preventing your hair from getting wet will be impossible. But instead of letting all that rain water dry on your head, do yourself a favour and wash your hair as soon as possible. This will help in washing away all the harmful chemicals and toxins from your hair, thereby reducing the chances of hair damage and hair fall. Remember to use a gentle, SLS-free shampoo to avoid any further damage.
3. Avoid chemical treatments
Since your hair is already quite weak and prone to damage, it is best to avoid getting any chemical treatments such as hair colouring, perming, straightening, etc., during the monsoon season. But if you absolutely do need to, then speak to your stylist about the right hair care methods and products to minimise damage and tips on how to keep your hair strong and healthy during the season.
4. Reduce heat styling
Another way to ensure reduced hair fall in the monsoon season and to maintain healthy hair is to reduce heat styling. Heat styling tools zap moisture from your hair leaving it super dry, frizzy and weak. This makes it even more prone to damage. Therefore, it is best to let your hair air dry after every wash.
5. Load up on conditioner
The excess humidity makes your hair really dry and frizzy, which is why it is important to provide it with adequate moisture. Make sure to use a generous amount of conditioner on the length and tips of your hair after every wash. Additionally, pamper your strands with a deep conditioning treatment like a hair mask at least once a week. This will not just hydrate and condition your strands, but will also repair damage and improve elasticity to make your hair stronger and reduce hair fall.
6. Hot oil massage
Hot oil massages are an age-old remedy to treat various hair concerns, hair fall being one of them. Heating the oil thins it a little bit to allow better penetration into the scalp while the gentle massage stimulates dormant hair follicles, strengthens weak strands and promotes hair growth. Also, the intensely hydrating properties of oil helps in moisturising dry hair to make it less prone to breakage and hair fall.
7. Stay hydrated and eat healthy
It is rightly said that what you put inside your body is what will show on the outside. This is why it is extremely important to drink enough water and eat a healthy and well-balanced diet to keep your hair looking healthy throughout the monsoon season. Make sure that you drink at least three to four liters of water every day and avoid eating too much junk food.
8. Try protective hairstyles
Despite following all the above-mentioned tips, it is still very much possible that you could have a bad hair day. And trust us, girls, it is completely normal. The increased humidity can give your hair a mind of its own, but instead of letting this upset you, it would be a nice idea to try and learn a few protective hairstyles. This will not only cover up a bad hair day, but it is also a great way to change your everyday look a little bit and have some fun. From braids and ponytails to cute hair accessories, there are tonnes of options for you to choose from.
Home remedies for hair fall in monsoon
1. Aloe vera –
Applying aloe vera to your scalp is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to reduce hair fall and strengthen your hair during the monsoon season. Simply scoop out some fresh aloe gel from the leaf (you can use a store-bought one as long as it is completely natural) and apply it all over your hair and scalp. Leave it on for an hour or two before washing it off with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
2. Honey –
If your hair is feeling super dry and lacklustre, simply apply a little honey to the lengths of your hair 30 minutes before a hair wash. The moisturising properties of honey will deliver a burst of hydration to reduce dryness. Plus, since honey is a natural humectant, it draws moisture to your strands from the environment and keeps your hair soft and supple for a longer period of time.
FAQs about hair fall in monsoon
Q. Is hair fall common in monsoon?
A. Yes, it is very common to experience an increase in hair fall in the monsoon season. The rise in humidity is touted to be one of the major reasons for this to occur. This can make your hair appear super frizzy and dry, while also making your hair more prone to breakage.
Q. When should one see a doctor for hair fall in monsoon?
A. While hair fall in monsoon is usually a temporary issue, we would recommend you to see a doctor if you notice persistent hair fall despite trying the remedies mentioned above.