After having thoroughly enjoyed the first rain, you suddenly realize that you forgot to cover your hair. Now it feels frizzy and dry. And while you panic, we would just like to remind you that this season, your hair will regularly get drenched whether you like it or not. But all is not lost yet. Makeup and hair expert Kanikka Gauraav Tandon answers some of the most common questions you have about hair care in the monsoons.
1. Wash on Alternate Days: During monsoons, you can wash them every alternate day to protect them from dirt and impurities. Before washing, you can deeply condition your hair with hot coconut oil. It is an instant solution that deeply penetrates the scalp and hair strands. After washing your hair, you can wear a hydration mask, wrap up your hair and leave them overnight with the shower cap on. This will moisturize them from within. During rainy season, tap water contains more chlorine, so make use of mild shampoos and conditioners to maintain the texture of your hair.
2. Cover Your Hair: Try and avoid getting your hair wet in the rains, as the pollutants in the rain may weaken the shaft bonds, making your hair dull and limp. So cover your hair before going out to protect them from humidity. Use a scarf or a broad-brimmed hat to protect your strands or tie a ponytail.
3. No Chemicals, Please: The humid atmosphere spells disaster for those with chemically treated hair, as it absorbs the moisture from the atmosphere. This reverses the effect of any chemical treatment or hair products. Moreover dust, grime and other pollutants stick to these chemicals, which again contribute to the tangling and knotting of your hair during monsoon. This is not the right time to overload your hair with styling products such as gel or serums. They increase the sweat content in your hair and are very hard to remove. They will also flatten your hair, so avoid using heavy duty products, unless you have to attend a party.
4. Comb With Care: Combing hair when its wet is not a good idea – in any season. Hair should only be combed when it has dried or is semi-dry. Wet hair, when combed, stretches and reaches its breaking point quite easily. It’s best to use the gentle pat and dry routine with a towel to dry hair before finger combing it to get rid of the tangles during the rainy season. You can also try a wide-toothed comb.
5. Keep It Natural: Avoid hot hair treatments such as perming, straightening or colouring in the rainy season. These treatments need time to settle on your strands and are likely to be washed away in the rain. When combined with wet weather, these treatments tend to weaken the hair shaft and promote breakage, hair fall and split ends.
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