Rain proof your strands
Shiny, lustrous hair in the rains
The rains offer a welcome respite from the sweltering summer heat. We love the feeling of raindrops on our skin but the accompanying humidity can cause a normally glossy head of hair to either become sticky and dull or frizzy. Hair fall, dandruff and excessive oiliness are other common complaints. But fret not, a little care will ensure your hair stays silky and smooth.
High humidity causes an itchy, dirty scalp even if you shampoo regularly. The humidity causes dust and sweat to accumulate on the scalp. Wash your hair frequently with a mild clarifying shampoo and let it air dry. Even on days you don’t wash your hair, just untie your plait or bun for a couple of hours so that your roots and scalp can breathe. If you get drenched in the rain, make sure you wash your hair as soon as you can.
Hair fall is the commonest problem during the monsoons. Keeping your scalp dry and clean is the easiest way to prevent this. Even if you’re running late, resist the temptation to comb wet locks. This leads to breakages and split ends.
Humidity makes skin oilier but has the reverse effect on the scalp which tends to become dry and itchy as weather gets wetter. This can lead to dead skin buildup on the scalp and dandruff, ultimately leading to hair fall. However, this can be avoided by simply ensuring your scalp and hair is clean and dry at all times. Homeopathy helps to get rid of dandruff.
Avoid using scarves and stoles to protect your hair from the rain because the lack of air circulation can cause sweat to accumulate on the scalp. Clean out combs, hair brushes and hair clips weekly because they collect sweat and dirt from unwashed hair. Go easy on hair styling products and gels because they attract dirt and pollution.
Avoid hot hair-treatments such as perming, straightening or coloring in the rains because they tend to weaken strands. Hair coloring can accelerate breakage, hair fall and split ends, so wait till after the rains to get those streaks.
Shampooing every alternate day with a mild clarifying or homeopathic shampoo and conditioner can help. While washing your hair, use a teaspoon of lime juice for the last rinse so keep hair lustrous and dandruff-free. While blow drying, hold the hair dryer at least six inches from the scalp. Oiling your hair with homeopathically medicated oil an hour or two before a wash is helpful because it conditions it and prevents it from frizzing.