The infamous Mumbai monsoons are here and after the scorching heat people sure are heaving a sigh of relief. However, the rains bring with it a new set of issues thanks to the humidity.
Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon says, “Hair fall increases by about 30 per cent during monsoons. And there is also the problem of oily scalp, dull hair and dandruff during the monsoons.”
Dr Jamuna Pai, cosmetic dermatologist adds, “The only good thing about all this is that these hair issues during the monsoons are usually temporary and one can easily get it under control by modifying your hair care routine and also by using simple at-home remedies to pamper your hair.”
We spoke to hair care specialists and experts about all this and came away with a few top tips to help you.
Avoid elaborate hairdos
Opt for simplistic hairstyles that won’t need styling products, hairdryers and straighteners. A pretty braid or ponytails that don’t require any support products are great. Chemicals in hair products combined with humidity in hair and harness of styling equipment tend to make hair greasy and prone to breakage. This may also lead to dandruff and you will end up scrubbing your scalp too much.
You can use hair accessories like clips, pins etc. to add a bit of glamour to the gloomy rainy days.
Not just the gadgets, you need to cover up your hair too
Not that we are venturing out much, what with the lockdown still not properly relaxed in Mumbai, but if you are stepping out you may have noticed that your hair remains wet for longer duration during the monsoons. This is because the hair absorbs hydrogen from the atmosphere and swells. This is also the reason why your hairs appear so frizzy in monsoons.
Avoid rainwater. Protect your hair from humidity by covering your head with a scarf or cap whenever outdoors. Keep the scalp as dry as possible.
Wash away the rainwater
Going outdoors just to experience the Mumbai monsoon is a thing. However one should ensure that you wash your hair immediately afterwards. Experts say that rainwater has pollutants and chemicals from the air that damage the hair bulb and clog the hair follicles making your hair dull and thin, itchy, dry and brittle. There is also an increased risk of fungal infections because of rainwater that can cause the hair to fall and make your scalp itchy.
Prevent all these problems by washing off your hair as soon as you come in from rain and let it dry naturally.
Choose to use a mild shampoo and conditioner during monsoon
Strong shampoos will only aggravate problems. If you have uncontrollable itching or dandruff on scalp then ask your dermatologist for a gentle shampoo.
Oil control, and anti-dandruff shampoos are a good idea as they help reduce hair fall because of breakage. Shampoo only twice a week.
Avoid gadgets to dry your hair
During monsoons, your hair is already absorbing so much moisture from the atmosphere. Dry your hair immediately after a shower but don’t use a hair dryer, instead use a lightweight microfiber towel and gently soak up the moisture. Don’t rub your hair hard.
Comb using a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle the hair and prevent breakage.
Warm oil massages
Take some coconut oil and gently massage your scalp with it. Leave on for a couple of hours and then wash off. Warm oil massage stimulates the hair follicles and increases the blood flow in scalp making hair soft and manageable.
To increase the benefits, add some aloevera gel to the oil. The disinfectant properties of aloevera help soothe the scalp.
Don’t tie wet hair
Tying up wet hair will put strain on the strands causing them to break. Wait for hair to be dry before you use the scrunchies.
Same is applicable when ‘de styling’ your hair, do not pull the hair tie off the hair, instead remove it gently.
Eat and drink right!
Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, eggs, whole grains, carrots, kidney beans, sprouts are great sources of proteins, vitamin E, potassium, and iron. All of these are the building blocks of lustrous, bouncy hair that prevent hair loss in monsoons. Needless to say, limit the pakoda/samosa and chai combinations to only once or twice in a fortnight.