Tired of welcoming every monsoon with hair loss? No more falling prey to the humidity with these easy tips and tricks on how to stop hair fall in monsoon.
All women have a love and hate relationship with monsoon season, as it brings respite from the sweltering summer heat in exchange for hair fall. While you may love the seasonal excuse to gorge on Maggi and drink hot chai by the window looking at the pouring rain, don’t forget to unclog your shower drain. But why does our hair fall in monsoon and what can we do to stop it?
Why does hair fall in monsoon?
Let’s start with your mane’s number one enemy during the monsoon and the root cause for all that hair loss. Your strands swell up by absorbing the excess moisture in the air which in turn leads to frizziness. This leads to dry and brittle hair that is prone to breakage. But that’s not the only reason for seasonal hair fall. Along with the humidity, acid rain makes your scalp dry and flaky with dandruff.
Sadly gone are the days of rainwater being clean and pure. Acid rain makes your follicles weak and strands brittle enough to break if you even run your fingers through your hair. We know, we are tired of the unpredictable nature of the monsoons too. However, the humidity is also directly connected to an oily and greasy scalp. The moisture imbalance leads to follicles overcompensating the dryness with excess oil production.
How to know if it is seasonal hair loss or not
Yes, seasonal hair loss such as hair fall during monsoon is a thing as certain weathers are not conducive for hair growth. Monsoon is the worst for your hair as the humidity dries it out, making it brittle and causing hair loss.
Signs of seasonal hair loss in monsoon
Each season comes with its woes. For monsoon, along with frizzy and dry hair, get ready to sport snowflakes on your shoulders as dandruff is one annoying hair condition that many of us just can’t seem to avoid. However, not all hope is lost thanks to medicated shampoos like Dove Anti Dandruff Solutions Shampoo, which is formulated using a micro-moisture serum. It hydrates your locks while soothing your itchy scalp. Regularly using this shampoo will keep your hair free of dandruff and will help prevent hair fall during monsoon.
How to stop hair fall in monsoon
If you are wondering how to stop hair fall in monsoon, it is quite easy – just a few simple switches to your hair wash routine are all that’s needed.
Wash with a mild shampoo
If you ever get caught in the rain or get your hair wet, immediately try to wash off the rainwater from your hair. But do not use very hot water as heat is not your hair’s best friend. Otherwise, you can wash your hair three times a week with a paraben-free shampoo like TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Recovery Shampoo which is also suitable for coloured and straightened hair. It contains nourishing ingredients like amino acids, vitamin E and even fermented rice water that is needed to increase hair proteins. It strengthens your follicles and reduces breakage.
Humidity turns your strands dry, so you need to keep them moisturised. Be generous with your conditioner after every time you shampoo. Pamper your locks with the TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Recovery Conditioner as it contains rice water like its shampoo counterpart. This sulphate-free conditioner improves the health of your hair, smooths frayed ends and provides professional care to your locks facing the hardships of the monsoon.
Hot oil treatments do wonders for your scalp and hair as they improve blood circulation and stimulate dormant hair follicles. Heating the oil also allows your scalp and hair to better absorb it, promoting hair growth while also hydrating your locks so that they are less prone to breakage.
Heat a few drops of oil of your choice like coconut oil on a low heat for a few minutes. Make sure it’s not too hot and evenly apply it to clean, damp and knot-free hair. Also, massage the oil on your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
If your hair is replete with frizz and split ends, you need to deal with it immediately, so that the frayed cuticles don’t travel up the hair shaft and lead to breakage. While you should cut your hair every six months to prevent split ends and frizz, make sure you time it so that your next trim is during the monsoons.
Avoid heat styling tools without protection
If you have healthy hair, you won’t have to worry about hair fall in monsoon in the first place. Heat tools like straighteners or hair dryers leave your hair frizzy and weak. Be sure to always use a heat protection serum if you style your hair with a heated tool. We suggest using the TRESemmé Heat Protection Spray before styling, as it contains keratin and marula oil to keep your hair soft and frizz-free.
Use anti-hair fall serum
To strengthen damaged hair strands, you need to treat them with mild products free from harsh chemicals. The TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Recovery Hair Serum not only adds shine to dull hair and smoothens frizz but also boosts the hair’s natural proteins thanks to fermented rice water. Take two or more pumps of the serum and apply it from the mid-lengths to the tips. It also has sunflower seed oil so that your hair doesn’t break even when you comb it.
Tips to prevent hair fall in monsoon
Cover your hair
Have you ever dramatically stood in the pouring rain as if you were in a movie? We shouldn’t be doing that anymore. Thanks to the immense pollution, rainwater is more often than not brimming with pollutants, chemicals and dirt which ideally shouldn‘t come into contact with our body, let alone our hair – as it can damage the scalp and follicles. If you forget to carry an umbrella, cover your hair with a cap or a scarf until you can find shelter.
Wear protective hairstyles
Leaving your hair loose and uncovered can further make it brittle and cause hair fall during monsoon. A protective hairstyle will also hide a bad hair day and change up your daily look. Opt for buns and braids or tie your hair with a scarf to avoid getting knots or frizz.
Stay hydrated and have a healthy diet
According to Dr. Chytra Anand, you need to hydrate externally, as well as internally. You need to drink the usual eight glasses of water every day and also maintain a well-balanced diet of vitamins, minerals and proteins like leafy vegetables, milk, meat and grains to keep your hair healthy.
DIY hair packs with aloe vera and honey
You can also hydrate and improve the elasticity of your hair with a hair pack once a week. One useful ingredient is aloe vera. Simple yet effective, it‘s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature, which helps reduce dandruff. Applying the gel also strengthens the strands and stops them from falling. Cut open a leaf and scoop out the gel. Apply it all over your hair and scalp and leave it on for an hour before washing it off.
Along with the usual hair fall during monsoon, you may also experience dullness. Honey does the trick for lacklustre hair as it hydrates the strands and adds shine. It also attracts and locks in moisture, so that your hair stays soft and supple. Apply a tablespoon of honey to the length of your hair for 30 minutes before washing it out with a shampoo. You can do this twice a week.
Use a microfibre towel
With the air being cold and damp during monsoons, it can take forever to air dry your hair when you wash it. But by roughly towel drying your hair, the friction will only make your brittle locks more susceptible to breakage. Gently pat a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt over your locks to soak up the excess moisture instead.
Monsoon is also the perfect time for coffee lovers to accompany their favourite book with a cup of hot coffee. But did you know that excessive caffeine leads to dehydration which can also contribute to hair fall. Reduce your caffeine intake to ideally one or two cups of coffee during the monsoons.
Don’t brush wet hair
If your hair is already sensitive, tugging with a comb is just going to break the hair. When wet, the hair is at its weakest state. Let your hair dry before combing out the knots with a wide-toothed comb. If you have curly hair, untangle the knots when wet with a wide brush with soft bristles.
FAQs on hair fall in monsoon
Is hair fall common in monsoon?
Yes, hair fall and monsoon are more or less linked. The humidity in the hair makes your hair frizzy and dry which in turn leads to more breakage.
Should I see a doctor for hair fall in monsoon?
Hair loss during monsoon is temporary and can be dealt with, with some tips and tricks mentioned above. But if the hair fall persists, then there might some underlying issue which is when you should consult a doctor.
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Written by Lopa K on Jul 05, 2022