What if I share only skin and health related articles but won’t write anything about hair. Then I must be contradicting my blog’s name. Isn’t it?
Since monsoon is here in India already and I can really know how helpless we can be regarding our hair and the salons and parlors must be inviting you with attracting offers which not all of us can afford on a daily basis, I believe that if little tips are included in our daily hair care then it can enhance and manage our hair effectively.
Today I thought of sharing some of my personal experiences and what I learned from the women I know closely about the ways in which we should manage and take care of our hair in monsoon.
This article will be in two parts. In this part, I will only mention about the ways to maintain hair and to combat hair fall and in next part I will mention safe and good home remedies and products for hair fall and frizz control. Keep reading to know what’s in this article.
Why Hair fall increases in Monsoon?
Many face seasonal hair fall every year. It may last till monsoon or up to winter.
The weather in monsoon and the air around us is high in humidity which leads to increase in hair fall. And if you are pluviophile who loves to get out in rain then it may create more problem for you. The rain water can be acidic and dirty. This may cause more hair fall. Applying excess oil can also lead to greasiness and hence hair fall. Also humidity may also increase dandruff.
Why hair becomes more frizzy?
According to DOVE website “the structure of hair makes it unusually sensitive to airborne hydrogen. In this weather, your hair absorbs hydrogen, forming bonds, and swells until the smooth cuticle erupts to make them frizzy. “
THE GUIDE TO MAINTAIN HAIR HEALTH:
- KEEP SCALP CLEAN:
It is the most important thing for all types of hair. The health of your hair whatever maybe the season depends on your scalp’s health. It is very important to keep it clean. Wash your hair twice or thrice a week . If thrice a week is too much for you go for twice. Also when I speak of washing, it does not mean that I am referring to shampoo. You may wash it with plain water and use your finger tips to massage and exfoliate gently.
- KEEP HAIR AND SCALP DRY:
Like your mom I won’t be scolding you for getting drenched in rain from tip to toe but it is very important to dry your hair and scalp after it. Do not blow dry your hair instead wash your hair and towel dry it and then air dry.
- DO NOT TIE WET HAIR, NO MATTER WHAT:
Monsoon and that too wet hair. This will definitely lead to tangles and hair will be prone to more breakage. Always let it completely dry.
- COVER WET HAIR WITH SCARF WHILE TRAVELLING:
If you are a working person or college student I can completely relate to it that it may happen that early morning you may need to wash your hair. If you blow dry its fine but if you air dry then its better to use a clutcher clip or banana clip to secure your hair and also do not forget to use a scarf to cover your head while travelling cause wet hair and scalp gets more dirt and pollution stuck on it.
- USE SEPARATE CLEAN TOWEL AND COMB:
Better use separate towel and comb and clean up your comb time to time and wash your towel daily for hygienic purpose.
- HERE IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DEAL WITH WET HAIR: First divide your hair in two parts from mid section. First deal with one part. Use fingers to de-tangle it . Start from ends and then move upwards. Do same for the other part of hair. Work in sections if you have thick hair. Then air dry or blow dry it. And finally use wide comb tooth and again start from the ends and move up. Always keep a wide tooth comb in your vanity box.
- USE MILD SHAMPOO BUT STOP OVER USE OF SHAMPOO:It is recommended to use mild shampoo.
“Mild shampoos use non ionic surfactants and amphoteric surfactants, the mildest forms of detergents, and are most often found in baby shampoos.” Choose shampoos that are SLS free. You may also try natural shampoos. In my next post I will definitely share some remedies for this. You may also try dry- shampoo or use anti-dandruff shampoo as well. Do not over use the amount of shampoo. Use less of it. Too much dryness can also lead to hair problems.You may try : 1. Baby shampoo from MAMAEARTH or MOM’S CO or JUICY CHEMISTRY
2. RUSTIC ART’S SHAMPOO
3. JUST HERB’S SHAMPOO
4. WOW SHAMPOO
- BALANCE THE DRYNESS AND EXCESS OILINESS IN HAIR. USE LESS OIL OR HAIR GEL:
It is important to do oil massage but make sure that you use only required amount of oil. Excess oil can lead to usage of excess shampoo. Also excess oil and hair gels can lead to greasiness and invite dirt, fungus and dandruff to grow on scalp. So it is important to balance the oil in hair. NEITHER TOO DRY NOR TOO OILY.
- WARM OIL LIGHTLY BEFORE MASSAGING:
It is always advised to slightly warm your oils before massaging. Make sure that the temperature is tolerable.This will increase your blood circulation in hair.If you have prepared oil by heat infusion method, that is, prepared your oil by heating and by adding herbs then you need not heat it again.
- USE BOAR HAIR BRISTLES OR WOODEN BRISTLES PADDLE BRUSH OR WOODEN COMB:
Preferably use sheesham or neem comb. If you find bamboo bristle brush or comb then that will also be good. Though complete information about boar bristles is not available but it helps in bringing the hair sebum from scalp to the ends of hair and conditions hair. It also has bristles that has nylon ball tips at the end of bristles which keep the scalp circulation maintained. It is great for people who has oily scalp and dry hair .
Wooden bristles brush or comb are equally good. These are non-static as well.DO NOT USE THESE NATURAL BRUSHES OR COMB TO DE-TANGLE. ONLY USE WIDE TOOTH COMB (PREFERRABELY WOODEN) TO DETANGLE. THEN YOU CAN USE THESE BRUSHES MENTIONED.
- USE DEEP CONDITIONING MASK:
Hair moisturization is very important. Use deep conditioning masks. You may try Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask.For home remedies you may look up for my next post.
- USE HEAT PROTECTING MIST OR CREAM BEFORE STYLING HAIR:If you anyhow have to use heating tools make sure to use heat protecting mist or cream. This will help in making hair frizz free and less damage prone.
- AVOID HEATING TOOLS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
- OIL ONCE A WEEK AND USE LIGHT WEIGHT OILS:
Use light weight oils like Argan, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Almond, Flaxseed, etc if heavy oils like coconut or sesame is causing more hair fall for you. You may use essential oil like rosemarry, tea tree or geranium or peppermint.
- USE SERUMS:
After shampoo and conditioning make sure to use serum. You may use jojoba or argan or grape seed as natural serum.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET :
Maintaning a balanced diet is very important. So eat healthy to combat these problem internally. I will in my next post definitely share good recipes for hair and health both. Stay tuned. Remain hydrated always.
- VISIT TRICHOLOGIST OR DERMATOLOGIST TO KNOW AND COUNTERACT THE PROBLEM OF INCREASED HAIR FALL AND FUNGUS GROWTH ON SCALP.
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