It’s pretty clear that monsoons can be harsh on our hair but one particular effect that stops us from enjoying the rainy season is the hair frizz it causes. All the time and effort we put into taking care of our tresses, from oiling to masking, goes for a toss as soon as the monsoon arrives. But, have you ever wondered why hair becomes frizzy during the monsoon? You need to understand this phenomenon to take better care of your hair during the rainy season.
Hair is essentially made up of three layers and countless numbers of cells. Your hair’s outer layer, the cuticle, is like a roof. When hair is smooth, the roof is flat, but when you brush your dry and humid hair, the roof lifts and makes the hair appear frizzy.
Monsoons lead to an increase in the level of humidity in the air around us. This is problematic for our hair, as it causes a change in the amount of hydrogen present in the air, thereby altering the length of the hair due to moisture.
When it rains, the humid air naturally has more water molecules than dry air, and this leads to hair strands forming a high number of hydrogen bonds. These bonds cause the hair to fold back, and curl or become frizzy. In fact, the humidity levels are inversely proportional to the length of the hair, meaning that the more the humidity, the shorter the hair strand becomes.
Hair is primarily built with keratin proteins, and besides a strong sulfur-based bond, it also comprises a weak hydrogen bond. These hydrogen bonds are temporary and break and regenerate whenever the hair gets wet or dry. Hair is porous, and it absorbs the moisture present in the air. This swells up hair cuticles and leads to frizzy hair.
These simple tips will help you manage frizzy hair:
Monsoon does raise the risk of your hair becoming frizzy but with a few tips, you can ensure that your tresses stay smooth and bouncy even during the rainy season!