Come monsoon and your body and mind are in conflict. While your heart wants to sing Bollywood songs, have chai-pakoras and embrace the rain, your body wants to keep itself as dry as possible. Nobody dislikes humid weather as much as your hair. The moisture causes hair fall, frizziness and nefarious dandruff to breed on your scalp, something that nobody likes. Sweaty scalp also becomes a thing that leads to bacteria and fungal infections which further propel your head to invite dirt and pollutants to stay comfortably.
How do you get rid of all the acrimony the climate has in store for you? Well, take care of your hair and follow some simple guidelines, for start. A few monsoon hair care tips can keep all the hair issues at bay. Follow them below.
OIL YOUR HAIR – NOT TOO MUCH OR TOO LESS
Head massage is not just for women if that’s another misconception men have. A good message to the scalp or even the chin enhances the hair’s quality and leaves it frizz free. Nature’s best conditioner, folks! But yes, you have to ensure that you don’t overdo it. The results usually for overdoing oiling hair is a slick look, which we’re sure you don’t want. Of course, just wash your hair and leave it for an hour before washing it off and you’re golden. Once or twice a week tops should do the trick and keep your hair smooth.
Many men find using home remedies like weekly curd and egg masks to their hair extremely useful in maintaining the shine and softness and keeping dandruff away, but we know that’s not everybody’s cup of tea. So, at least oil you must.
CLEAN YOUR HAIR
Even if your hair is not oiled or exposed to the acidic rainwater, make it a mandatory habit to rinse off all the pollutants, oil and styling product’s leftover that might be sticking to your scalp. How many times one should shampoo is not a single answer, though. Different weekly frequencies work for different people with 2-3 times a week being a safe approach. The important thing is to maintain the natural level of sebum in hair and over or under cleaning can result in oily or dry, or flaky and irritated scalp. One should try to use gentle anti-bacterial shampoos in monsoon as due to high humidity bacterial and fungal infections become more common during this season leading to dandruff and hair fall.
DON’T FORGET TO CONDITION THEM
While oil acts like a good conditioner to your hair, you can’t use it on a daily basis. Rather use a good conditioner that suits your hair. When buying a conditioner, you must keep your scalp necessities in mind. You cannot buy a heavy conditioner for an oily hair. That would just make your hair look too oily to be touched. Opt for a mild conditioner that would balance out the excess moisture. And if your hair is too dry, might as well go for a good conditioner that suits it best. The whole idea behind keeping hair well-conditioned is to manage it. Unmanageable hair is a by-product of badly conditioned hair. Some men find it convenient to oil and shampoo once a week but rinse and condition every other day. The thing to note here is that conditioner isn’t for the scalp but only for the hair. Don’t put it on scalp to avoid oiliness.
AVOID STYLING GELS OR OTHER PRODUCTS
Styling products are usually frowned upon for their damage caused to the hair. But during monsoon, it is best to avoid them altogether. Styling gels and wax usually add more oil or cream to your hair to make sure that it sticks to your desired style. However, that excess grease, during monsoon, will result in more sweat and leave you at a higher risk of attracting dirt and grime. This can cause dandruff, itchy scalp and hairfall. Therefore, avoid hair styling products for monsoon, but if you just cannot do without it, opt for products that are water-based.
MAINTAIN A HAIR-FRIENDLY DIET
Bad food diet always has an adverse effect on the body. Sometimes it shows on your face and other times your hair. The best way to get past this monsoon without sacrificing more of your luscious locks would be by choosing a prudent diet. A diet that is rich in protein, omega-3, biotin, vitamin A & C, whole grains and iron is important for healthy hair so make sure to add eggs, fish, green vegetables and citrus fruits to your diet. Finally, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated to ensure that your scalp is not left dry and flaky.
KEEP YOUR HAIR SHORT AND DRY
Monsoon is the right time to try a new haircut. Sure, you might be too attached to your hair but the best way to maintain your hair during monsoon would be to chop them short. There are various short hair looks that would require less maintenance from you and it would leave you less worried. You’ll probably lose locks of your hair but you’ll save plenty more. And while you’re at it, make sure that you keep your hair and scalp dry always.
Hair care is a simple thing that many ignore for no good reason. The trick lies in choosing products according to your hair and scalp’s condition, which can take some time, and then using them consistently. For people who use styling products or heat regularly, they need to take an extra step with cleaning frequently and moisturizing. Drinking lots of water helps here too. If you don’t want dandruff, premature greying and dull hair, make sure you look after them year round and not just when they scream SOS!