And the monsoons are back! Well, let’s just say that this season and your hair don’t gel well at all. Itchy scalp, hair damage, frizziness, and many other tress troubles irritate your scalp, making everyday a “bad hair day”. But it’s time to press pause on all of this, because today we are helping you understand all kinds of monsoon hair problems and home remedies to correct it.
Some common monsoon-related hair problems
The monsoon season takes a toll on your hair. Frizz, dandruff and dull hair are some of the things you have to deal with, when it comes to hair care in the monsoon. The oily substance produced by the body’s sebaceous glands called sebum tends to accumulate very easily on the scalp, especially if it’s not cleaned frequently and in humid climatic conditions during the monsoon.
Microbes usually feed on this sebum to breed, and this can cause issues like dandruff to lice, during the monsoon season.
Hair fall: The excessive humidity coupled with sweating can adversely affect the scalp and hair, making it dry and brittle. This is what causes hair fall. During the monsoon, the hair problems tend to increase and you may face sudden and severe hair fall. The change in climate and high humidity makes it even worse. Increased pollution, dust and dirt also causes hair fall. You can also get dandruff and an itchy scalp during the monsoon season.
Dandruff: Malassezia is a type of fungus that is most commonly associated with dandruff. It is ever-present on all our scalps, and also causes oxidative stress to the scalp and hair. Monsoon provides the perfect breeding ground for malassezia. It makes the scalp itchy during this time, and hairfall, dandruff and frizzy hair are some common issues. “Dandruff worsens in the rainy season, as the fungus responsible for causing it flourishes in humid weather,” says renowned dermatologist Dr Ajay Rana.
Lice: Infestation of lice in hair is also common during the monsoon, as lice breed during this season.
Scalp infection and itchiness: Bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp are also common during monsoons. Exposure to polluted rainwater and warm humid conditions encourage growth of bacteria/ fungus on the scalp. You may develop painful pus-filled boils or severe itchy and flaky patches.
Here are some simple home remedies for your hair
Regular hair and scalp wash with a good shampoo that can get rid of the sebum and Malassezia growth. A good anti-dandruff shampoo with active zinc pyrithione can help to stop dandruff.
Use a mild shampoo immediately to remove the pollutants from the hair.
Humidity can make your hair frizzy and a good conditioner can settle the hair better. It adds a protective layer, which can reduce the risk of damage from rainwater.
It is necessary to oil and moisturize the hair in the rainy season. Hair may feel greasy or sticky but make sure to opt for an oil massage at least 20 minutes before washing your hair. Use a few drops of coconut oil or essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, rose etc.
It’s important to dry the hair properly and immediately. Excess moisture during monsoons can make it even more conducive for bacteria, fungus and even lice to grow.
Water makes the hair follicles weak, so don’t brush the hair when it’s wet. Use a wide-toothed comb instead of the fine-toothed ones; they can settle the hair without doing too much damage.
Avoid using gels, mousse, pomade, hair spray and other styling products during the monsoon season, because they can damage the hair and scalp further.
Drinking plenty of water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and protein are essential for good hair health. Include eggs, spinach, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, beans, yoghurt, soy beans, etc in your diet.
So ladies, keep your hair monsoon-ready and stay away from all sorts of tress mess.