Skin & Hair Care for Monsoons - Part III ( Hair)
Monsoon brings with it a host of hair woes. Itchy scalp, limp hair, dryness at hair tips are all associated with the onset of monsoon.
- While shampooing your hair twice a week will suffice during any other season, you might want to do so more frequently during the monsoons. This is because the humidity in the air makes you sweat; and sweat makes it easy for grime and dust to latch on to the scalp skin. It’s ok to wash your hair daily with a mild shampoo if needed during monsoons.
- Prevent the hair from getting drenched in rain, but if does happen - dry them as soon as possible.
- Aggressive blow drying can increase the frizziness of the hair. Ideally, hold the blow drier 5 to 6 inches away from the hair to avoid this.
- Conditioning of hair is imperative in monsoons as the humidity makes the hair length especially the tip go frizzy and hair root to appear limp. Apply a leave-on hair serum/conditioner instead of rinse-off conditioner to the length of the hair, especially the hair tips.
- While coloring and other hair procedures might seem attractive, repeated hair washing may affect the longevity of the procedure done and infrequent washing will make the hair appear limp.
- For people who have undergone chemical treatments like perming or straightening, use strong anti-frizz serums as leave on conditioners may not suffice.
- Go easy on styling. Excessive use of hair gels and sprays will only cause greasier hair, difficult to wash away and difficult to dry.
- A good idea to have an easily manageable scalp and hair would be to sport a cropped short hair look during monsoon.
- Bacteria and fungi flourish in humid environment and itchy or painful boils on the scalp could be a sign of folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle). Visit a dermatologist for proper treatment.
- Fungal infections of the scalp like dandruff or tinea are rampant in monsoons. Visit your dermatologist for proper treatment.
- Scalp Psoriasis tends to aggravate during monsoon. Seek a dermatologists help to understand how to manage your scalp condition without affecting the hair texture during monsoons.
- Head lice infestation is common in the rains, especially in school going kids. Meet a dermatologist for treatment and simultaneous of all family members (affected and unaffected) is advisable.