While dancing in the rain without a care in the world might look great in movies, in real life, it is a headache. Monsoons are the time when your hair will be most unfriendly and alien to you, like a wild animal. Frizzy and full of dandruff, hair in monsoons isn’t a good sight. With the lifestyles we follow, taking care of hair is a task!
But before we dive into some interesting beauty tips, let’s understand why your hair is frizzy and full of dandruff in the monsoons.
Dandruff is basically a fungal infection caused by a fungus called Malassezia. This fungus breaks down the layer of oil on our skin into smaller fatty acids, irritating the skin. This, in turn, causes flaking and dryness. If you have sensitive skin, your chances of getting dandruff are nearly 100%. The rains provide a perfect moist and warm environment for the fungus to thrive on your skin and scalp.
Don’t lose heart, however. There are many effective ways to get rid of dandruff in the monsoons and keeping your hair healthy.
Get a good anti-dandruff shampoo
A mild yet effective anti-dandruff shampoo is your best bet this monsoon. There are a variety of products available in the market – Head & Shoulders, Clinic Plus, Himalaya, Nyle, etc. As each hair type is different, each product works differently for different people. Head & Shoulders is one of the most effective ones. Just remember that a good anti-dandruff shampoo should contain ketaconazole, zinc pyrithione or piroctoneolamine. Make sure you shampoo your scalp at least twice a week, but not more than 4 times a week.
Keep your scalp dry
Fungi and germs love moist environments. If yoour hair is wet, it becomes their happy place. In case you are caught in a downpour, dry your scalp and hair the moment you get a chance. If you can clean it with a good quality conditioner, it will be better. A good conditioner keeps frizzy hair in control.
Apply conditioner correctly
A good conditioner keeps your hair in place and also protects it against pollution and rains. But did you know that applying conditioner on the scalp can actually damage your hair? Yes. You have to apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair and along its length. Especially during the monsoons, applying conditioner to the scalp can actually cause more dandruff.
Watch your diet
The texture of your hair depends largely on your diet. Watch what you eat during the monsoons. Avoid sugary foods and have stuff that are rich in antioxidants (green tea and fruits). Protein-rich and iron-rich foods and Omega 3 fatty acids are all good for smooth and glossy dandruff-free hair.
Say no to hairstyling
Hairstyling and use of harsh chemicals on hair weakens it and makes it vulnerable for attack from unwanted germs. Certain styling products like hair gels lead to build up of dirt and sweat on the scalp. All this leads to dandruff. Whatever yous lifestyle, avoid using these chemicals in monsoon.
Comb your hair gently
We cannot stress this enough. Whatever the hurry, make sure you brush and comb your hair very gently. Use wide-toothed combs and soft-bristled brushes. Rough combing can lead to scalp inflammation and dandruff.
Get a hot oil champi
A hot oil massage is what your grandmother would recommend. But do not go overboard with it. Doing a deep hot oil massage twice a week will suffice. Use light, nourishing oils like coconut oil or olive oil. Wash off thoroughly to avoid any oil build up on the scalp.
See – taking care of your hair is easy! No need to stay indoors in the monsoons now!
Just let your hair down (literally) and enjoy!
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