While we all love rains, increased levels of humidity during the monsoon makes it difficult to manage your hair. Problems such as frizzy hair, dandruff and hairfall become more common as well. But, don’t let the rains get to you.
“The key to tame your tresses lies in a simple routine that will help you sail through the rain. The monsoon tends to make your hair limp, lustreless, heavy and frizzy, owing to high levels of humidity in the air,” said Agnes Chen, Technical Head, Streax Professional.
Experts share some handy hacks to help you out this monsoon:
* There is no escape to getting wet in the rain, given that we are always on the move. Shampoo your hair regularly to remove any residue or particles from your scalp left behind by rain water. The essential tip here is to regularly cleanse and purify your hair, depending on its type.
* Conditioning your hair by applying a masque is mandatory as it neutralises frizziness and smoothens out the hair. Ensure that the conditioner is applied only on the mid-length and ends. Only use a minimum amount though.
* In the rainy season, rain water tends to make your hair limp. To prevent this, apply a few drops of hair potion on the mid-lengths and ends of hair. Hair potion is the ultimate frizz resistant formula that instantly turns rough, frizzled and damaged strands into soft, silky and smooth hair.
* If you get wet in the rain, make sure to dry your hair thoroughly as rain water is dirty and acidic and proves to be bad for your hair. It may also cause fungal or bacterial infections. So, keeping your hair dry is one of the simplest, yet most effective monsoon hair care tip.
* Tie your hair up to trap in moisture and prevent frizz. Constant drenching in the monsoon and high levels of humidity spell bad news for your mane. There is a possibility that you might fall prey to a number of scalp problems and bad hair days. Therefore, it is best to tie your hair in loose ponytails and buns.
* Go for a hair spa at your local salon and pamper your tresses. This is not a luxury but a necessity. Shampoo and conditioner will help you cleanse from the outside, while regular spa treatments are essential to nourish your hair and roots. Coloured hair, being chemically treated, needs extra care and protection.
* A special tip for coloured hair is to dampen your locks before going out in the rain and apply conditioner. This can prevent the colour from bleeding. But, do not forget to rinse with cold water immediately after you are back indoors.
* Nobody said you can’t colour your hair in the monsoon. If you do, make sure the shades are bright and cheerful to compensate for the gloomy weather. However, post-colouring care is a must.
* Rains can make the colour in your hair bleed or get washed out. It’s a good idea to refresh the hair colour after a couple of weeks or months.
* Use SLS free shampoo and conditioner as they will be gentler on coloured hair. Don’t skimp on the conditioner if you want to avoid frizziness. This will also make your colour last longer.
* If you have to heat-style your tresses, use a heat protection spray or argan oil or moroccan oil. Blow-drying is better than ironing. If you are heat-styling coloured hair, your hair will need a lot of deep conditioning treatments to nourish and reverse the damage.
* Regular oil massages, dry-head massages, deep conditioning treatments, hair spa days and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) home masks are all important to help keep your colour vibrant and fresh.