“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” ~ Langston Hughes
Those are some beautiful words, aren’t they? It’s all songs and games till the rain actually lands on your hair. Then it’s not so much a kiss as an assault!
Rain is the source of life, but rainwater can kill your hair’s health, if left untended for. There are many ways in which the monsoon season in general can wreak havoc on your tresses. You may observe that your hair is getting frizzy and unmanageable, or dry and rough. Many people also see a rise in hair loss and dandruff problems, and things get worse if we’re dealing with colored or treated hair.
The reason all these problems abound during the monsoons is due to the chemical structure of hair. As the humidity rises, the excess moisture in the air is absorbed, and causing the cuticle of hair to ‘stand up’, which appears as frizz. Rainwater tends to be acidic and has several pollutants, which can damage hair and weaken hair roots.
So it only makes sense that your hair needs some extra TLC during the monsoons, in order to counter all the problems listed above. And it’s not too hard either; here are a few simple monsoon hair care tips to protect your hair, whatever problems the rains may bring!
Monsoon Hair Care Tips to Keep your Hair Safe
- Drenched in the Rain
Just because you got soaked in the rain doesn’t mean that it’s a substitute for a proper hair wash! Regular washing is recommended during the monsoons, especially if you’ve been caught in a downpour. It’s important to get rid of all the pollutants and contaminants the rains brought, before they cause serious damage.
Frizz is everyone’s common enemy, and even more so if you have curly hair. Monsoon frizz can be severe, so deep conditioning is a must after every wash. Minimize heat treatments during this season. A leave in hair potion also helps to keep the frizz under control, provided it is applied on hair that’s not completely dry. This will ensure that the frizz is controlled before it gets a chance to ‘stand up’.
- Falling Flat
Your hair’s behavior can be pretty ironical during the monsoons – on one hand, you have frizz making you look like your hair blew up, and on the other hand, your hair can feel limp and listless, and just fall flat. Rains do affect hair volume, so avoid over-conditioning – use conditioner only from the mid-length to the ends, and wash it off thoroughly.
Dandruff isn’t just annoying; it’s also unsightly and embarrassing! While it’s not exactly clear about why dandruff increases during the monsoon, it could be because of the increase in humidity and change in temperature. It helps to keep the scalp dry and cool at all times. Avoid tight scarves or hair ties, and allow some room to breathe. Again, avoid getting drenched in rainwater and be sure to wash hair regularly.
- Bleeding Color
People with colored or treated hair have a whole different set of problems to deal with during the monsoons. Rainwater’s acidic nature can cause the color to bleed, or look dull. Follow all the post-coloring care instructions carefully. Before stepping out of the house, dampen (not soak) your hair and coat the strands in a thin layer of conditioner. This offers some protection should you get caught in a shower.
Another problem many people face during the rains is rough hair. While those with naturally curly hair or chemically treated hair are more prone to roughness, it can affect anyone. The best way to counter this is to give your hair periodic deep nourishing treatments, like a hair spa. Also, be sure to use some protection like argan oil or specialized sprays if subjecting hair to heat from a blow dryer or flat iron.
All these monsoon hair care tips won’t work if your hair doesn’t get the right nourishment from inside! Ensure adequate intake of fluids, and eat lots of protein. Avoid getting wet in the rain as much as you can, no matter how poetic it sounds! Remember, your hair is NOT a receptacle for rainwater harvesting! When your hair is healthy and protected, you can sit back and truly enjoy the wonders of this beautiful weather!