For beautiful tresses
Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon, tells you how to care for your hair in monsoon
Monsoon is certainly not the best season for your skin and hair. Excessive moisture affects your hair, even if you remain indoors, especially on days when the humidity is high. Depending on your hair type, it may leave your hair frizzy or flat causing several other issues such as breakage, hair fall and dandruff and so on.
Mumbai-based dermatologist and laser surgeon, Dr Apratim Goel of Cutis Skin Studio says, “Hair that is fine, wavy, or curly usually tends to absorb the moisture in the air. This makes fine or thin hair fall flat, but people with wavy or curly hair end up with frizzy strands. The best solution to this is to use a humidity-protective gel before styling. These gels help by forming a protective coat over the hair cuticle and preventing moisture from getting in and out.”
It is important to choose hair care products like hair cream and similar products wisely depending on your hair type — frizzy, dry or rough hair.
Is oiling your hair advisable in rainy season? Answers Dr Goel, “Dry massage your scalp so that it improves blood circulation. Once a week, massaging your scalp with warm oil is a good idea. But do not leave the oil in your hair for long time, instead wash it off in a few hours.”
How often to wash your hair in monsoon
There is nothing better than a nice bath when you just get in from the pouring rain. However, washing your hair too often, say every day, can exaggerate the problems you already face. “Washing your hair two or three times a week will keep your hair clean. At the same time, it will prevent excessive drying of hair and keep frizziness to the minimum.
Use a hair conditioner after every wash; you could use a leave-in conditioner to make dry hair more manageable,” says Goel adding, “in case your hair gets wet in the rain, then you must wash it as soon as possible with a mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner. Do not leave the rain water in your hair, as it is high in chemical content and can damage the hair. If you have short hair, you can wash it daily.”
Keep dandruff at bay
Switching to an ultragentle/ baby shampoo is a good idea. However, you must refrain from using hair spray or gel in the monsoons as these stick to the scalp and may cause dandruff. “Due to high humidity and wet hair, dandruff is a common problem in monsoon. So make sure that you use an anti-dandruff shampoo, containing ketoconazole and zinc pyrithrone, once a week. However, use your regular wash shampoo on other days.
The chlorine content in water during the monsoons is also very high; this can bleach and damage your hair. So if possible, wear caps or rain coats with cap/hood to protect the hair,” she informs.
Rains is also the favourite time for the lice to breed. Goel suggests, “In case of any itching on the scalp, apply permethrin lotion on the scalp with a cotton, leave for two hours and wash off. Repeat this for three-four weeks. This problem is more common in school children.”
Homemade hair masks to reduce the frizz
n Banana conditioning mask: Mash a banana, one egg and add a dash of olive oil if you like, and smooth it all over your hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off with egg shampoo. This works well in combating frizz in the monsoon. The protein from egg and moisturising property of bananas will soften dry hair, making it soft and silky. Also it will prevent the damage of rain water to hair.
n Methi hair mask: Soak methi seeds overnight in water. Strain the water next morning and use it to rinse the hair to tackle all kinds of hair trouble like dandruff, dull and limp hair.
n Yoghurt mask: Two tbsp of dahi (curds) mixed with one egg can be applied as conditioner after shampooing. Keep the mixture on your head for 20-30 minutes and wash off. This leaves the hair soft, shiny and bouncy.
n Honey mask: Mix two parts of an oil like almond / coconut oil with one part honey in a cup. Warm slightly and then apply the mix evenly through your hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with shampoo.
n Apple cider vinegar rinse: It helps disentangle and smooth hair cuticles. Combine a tbsp of vinegar with a 1/2 cup of water and pour over frizzy hair. Add a couple of drops of essential oil, if the smell is too much. Comb through hair, let it sit for five minutes and then rinse.