In the previous part of this two part article, we looked at how the rains can play havoc with hair, no matter how strong or well behaved they generally are. In this concluding part, we will look at other things that you can do to make sure that hair does not get out of control during the monsoons.
Bid an almost farewell to your beloved hair styling products:
While you do not have to bid a complete farewell to your favourite hair styling products, you will have to reduce their usage. Normally, people have to use hair styling products, because their hair is not naturally healthy or shiny smooth. However, during the monsoon months, there is an elevated amount of humidity in the air, which can make your hair frizzy. When you use hair products, your hair will become either very oily or very greasy. The grease could harm your scalp, leading to issues such as dandruff.
Your hair is what you eat:
As weird as it might sound, how your hair looks, depends a lot on what you eat and what you avoid. Proteins are important for healthy hair, which is why you need to make sure that you have sufficient amounts in your daily diet. Foods such as dark green and leafy vegetables, eggs, carrots, beans, nuts and whole grains are all great sources of proteins and should be eaten in some quantity, every day. You could also eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon and mackerel, because it provides natural moisture to the hair.
Frizz control needs to go up:
Without a doubt, monsoons mean a greater amount of trouble for hair that is frizzy or tends to get frizzy because of humidity. Since, during the monsoons, the humidity is on the higher side, it could spell trouble for your hair. In addition, hair will get wet and most people choose to only dry it with a towel, as opposed to washing it. This habit actually adds to the frizz, which is why if your hair gets wet, you need to make sure that you wash it properly. Investing in a stronger conditioner would most certainly make sense, and it would be advisable that you pick a conditioner that matches your hair type. There are also several hair masks, which are quite easy to apply, and you could buy and use them on a regular basis.
Dandruff: Studies have revealed that dandruff does increase during the monsoons, which is why it is important to take preventive measures in advance. Purchase a bottle of a reputed anti-dandruff shampoo, making sure that it is meant for your hair type. Shampoos and conditioners that have menthol are known to help control dandruff. Also, keep yourself well hydrated, because the natural hydration will ensure that you have less of a dry scalp, which could lead to dandruff.
Oily scalp: While a little oil is essential to keep your hair nourished and healthy, too much oil could actually make your hair look dirty and greasy. People who have oily hair would already be facing such problems, however, during the monsoon months, even people with dry hair could face similar issues. This is mainly because of the humidity in the air, which can cause the scalp to retain the grease for an elongated period of time. So, during the monsoon months, you need to make sure that your hair is kept clean, even if it means investing in a shampoo meant for oily hair. If you have dry hair or normal hair, you could use a conditioner that matches your hair type. During this time of the year, it might become necessary to wash your hair a few times more in the week, than you normally do.
Hair fall: Hair is at its weakest when it is wet, which means that your hair is extremely weak during the monsoons, because it is constantly getting wet. Combing your hair when it is wet means that you could hit a snag, which when pulled would lead to the breaking of the hair. It would be wise that you de tangle your hair with your fingers or a wide toothed comb first, and only then attempt to brush it. You could also choose to use a hair fall shampoo or conditioner, which could help reduce the hair loss, during the monsoon months. Make sure that you apply the conditioner only on the tips of the hair and not on the scalp.
What else can be done to protect hair during the monsoon months?
There are certain other tips and tricks that can be followed during the monsoon months, in order to ensure that your hair does not face too much damage, and these include:
- Natural hydration is crucial, which is why you need to drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are high on water content.
- Oil is important for the health of hair, which is why you need to make sure that you oil your hair at least once a week.
- While it is never wise to share combs, you need to make sure that you most certainly do the same during the monsoon months, because there is a greater chance of infections being shared.
- Always use a wide toothed comb during the monsoons, because wet hair is weak and with increased humidity, your hair will be more prone to damage.
- Ideally, you should not use the hair dryer too often, but if you do have to use the same, make sure that you pat dry your hair with a towel first and use the dryer on a lower heat setting.
- Do not tie your hair if it still wet, because then the hair will not dry out properly, leaving your hair susceptible to breakage.
- If you are sure that you will not be able to take care of your tresses during the monsoon months, then it would be wise to opt for a shorter haircut.