We usually lose around 50 to 60 strands of hair a day. But during the rainy season, the hair fall goes up to somewhere between 200 to 250 hair strands per day! Which is quite frightening a figure for most of us. Why not try out some of these tips to manage your tresses this monsoon?
- During monsoon, the air is laden with humidity making your scalp wet and three times more vulnerable to various hair related problems. As such, it’s not a bad idea to use umbrellas and caps to keep your scalp dry and healthy.
- Try to take a hair wash two to three times a week to keep the fungal infections at bay. Mild shampoos are best suited for this season, as they not only cleanse the hair and scalp softly but also gives volume to the otherwise limp hair during this season.
- Try to keep your hair dry as much as possible. But at times it gets absolutely unavoidable to get wet in the rains. At such times, try not to tie your hair up as damp, tied hair is the breeding ground for all kinds of hair problems namely hair fall, dandruff and split ends.
- For all those fashionistas wanting to don a new look this season, try avoiding colouring or straightening of hair, as these procedures result in weakening of hair roots, which further weakens hair from within. Instead, you can opt for a short, trendy hair style which will be easy to manage and will do wonders to your urban looks.
- Usage of hair styling products is best avoided in monsoons. The moisture in the air along with these chemical based products lead to greasy or oily hair, thus harming your hair and scalp both.
- Those with frizzy or tangled hair type should use conditioners after every shampooing session. Conditioner helps take the frizz away from your hair and make them more manageable. The market is flooded with all kinds of hair conditioners, you can pick the one that suits you the best. For patrons of homemade treatments, curd and egg yolks make for splendid natural conditioners.
- Keep yourself well hydrated this monsoon, by drinking at least 1 lt. of water a day. Water not only hydrates our body but also help it flush toxins and infections out from our system, keeping our hair shiny and healthy.
- Oiling the hair softly with your fingers tips before taking a bath is something your grand mother would also vouch on for those to-die-for tresses. Massaging lightly warmed up coconut oil or olive oil in your scalp will add loads of volume and shine to otherwise limp hair.
- Reiterating the importance of
protein rich diet for healthy hair, remember to binge on foods rich in proteins. Tofu, kidney beans, salmons, carrots and green vegetables are a few to name.
- The mantra for healthy hair is healthy hair roots. Try to keep them as healthy and nourished as possible. Instead of using a hair dryer to dry your hair, try to pat dry your mane and always use wide toothed comb to de-tangle wet hair. Warm towel treatment at home helps control hair fall to a great extent.
Monsoon ready skin
No matter how grateful you may be to the rain gods for the down pour, rains along with seasonal changes spells disaster to your skin. Monsoons in India bring dusty winds with them, which when settle on the skin, tends to clog the pores making the skin look dull and greasy. Therefore, following a healthy skin care regime is all the more important to follow in monsoons. Water is the power drink of all times.
- Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water daily hydrates your body and renders a supple texture to the skin. It flushes away the toxins and cleanses the pores, as such reducing acne outbursts so common in this season.
- Importance of green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits is paramount in all seasons, monsoon being no exception. It might sound clichéd, but it is true that your skin reflects what you eat. So keep away those pakoras and treat your body with seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables this season and let the world compliment you for the wholesome blush of your skin.
- Exfoliate your skin regularly. In this time of the year, air is heavily laden with moisture adding an oily look to your skin. Exfoliating removes the unwanted oil as well as the dead cells from the skin, leaving it glowing and soft to touch.
- Semolina or rawa. grinded masur dal or even besan mixed with curd etc. make for some excellent homemade exfoliating treatments. Dig up your kitchen sacks for homemade masques and beauty treatments. Using artificial, chemical based products is not what your skin would prefer.
- Try lapping up your skin with papaya, lemon, honey, aloe vera and even oats and you would just love the results. Never skip using sunscreen, even on a cloudy day. Basically sunscreens provide protection from the harmful UV rays and not from the sun necessarily.
- Wearing a non-oily sunscreen meant for monsoons is definitely a good idea, before you plan to step out in this beautiful weather.
What are some of the other remedies for keeping your hair frizz free and healthy and your skin glowing like a Greek goddess? Tell us, in the comments section below.