As much as we like to spread our hands, look up and feel the drops of rain on our skin, the aftereffects of rain water on hair kills often the joy. Rain water is both acidic and dirty which directly impacts hair quality. However, some simple care and remedies should not stop us from enjoying a romantic drizzle?
While it sounds simple and obvious, you will be surprised how many times we forget to carry a good head gear to protect our hair – a rain jacket with a hood, an umbrella or carry a thick material duppatta or scarf. Having said that, we all get caught off-guard in rains at times.
Hence, soon after a wet spell walk into the shower and give your hair and scalp a good scrub and wash. As a routine, during monsoon, shampoo your hair twice a week. But, remember to use a mild shampoo and conditioner. It is extremely important that during the days of downpour you keep away from harsh chemicals or hair styling products like hairsprays. These products tend to suck away the moisture from hair and leave it further dry and brittle.
After a good wash, comes the task of drying hair when the air outside is so humid. The tendency will be to plug in the dryer, but resist! Go traditional. Use a thick towel to blot the water and separate your strands with the fingers. Repeat till it air dries. If you have to use a dryer, keep it to the minimal. However, it is important that you don’t leave the hair moist for too long as a humid scalp is susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections.
Here’s a quick tip for all seasons, especially in the monsoon. When detangling your strands, use a large-toothed comb; and if you find a wooden comb that is even better!
While excess humidity in the air, your hair unfortunately becomes dry. Hence, it is equally important to hydrate your hair with a good traditional oil massage. Give the dry hair a natural boost of oil moisture to revitalize it. For deep conditioning, wrap the oiled hair with a hot towel. A quick tip: always detangle and comb your hair gently after a good massage, this leads to lesser trouble when detangling after a shampoo.
Itchy scalp is another result of dandruff or infections cause by the remnants of the rain water. Applying Neem oil in such cases helps maintain a healthy scalp.
And, last but not the least do as much to protect from the inside; that means taking care of your diet during this season. You hair needs all the protein to strengthen its follicles and prevent hair fall so ensure a diet rich with proteins, iron and Omega-3 fatty acids.