Hair Damage Due to Monsoon Rain
When monsoon arrives, it may help take the heat away, making us want coffee & pakoras, but there are a few downsides to it as well. Let's take a look at what it can do to your hair.
Why Is Rainwater Bad For Your Hair?
All of the extra efforts that you put in to take care of your hair and skin during the monsoons could be washed away with just a few rainy-day walks.
Some of the ways rain can harm your hair and skin are discussed here. Hopefully, this will remind you to put your umbrella in your bag or stay home till the rain stops.
1. Fungal infections
The moisture present in the air, along with your damp clothes from being wet in the rain, can cause your skin and scalp to stay wet for a longer period of time. This in turn invites ringworm, athlete's foot, and other fungal skin issues, as well as fungal hair infections. This is why you should always take a hot shower after being in the rain using a lot of shampoos.
While dandruff can happen in any weather, the humidity of monsoon season makes you more susceptible to it. The irritation in your scalp linked to dandruff is due to a fungus called Malassezia. To keep it away, shampoo your hair on a regular basis and don't leave it wet for a long duration.
3. Frizziness and dullness
Getting your hair wet in the rain can decrease its natural moisture, making them frizzy, dry, and dull. Along with avoiding rain, you should oil and condition your hair regularly to provide it with the moisture it needs.
The combination of frequent perspiration and the dirt present in rainwater can result in a germ party. Keep your skin dry, but hydrated as well as moisturised, to avoid any breakouts during the monsoon. Sometimes a few breakouts might appear on your scalp as well, so use oil to keep your hair well hydrated.
5. Hair fall
Rainwater can weaken the structure of your hair, making it harsh and thin. Instead of a harsh shampoo, choose a light, gentle one to help strengthen your hair all throughout the rainy season. Do cover your head if you step outside in the rain.
Hair care tips
Cleansing Your Hair
Should I wash my hair after getting wet in rain? To ensure that your hair stays healthy, frizz-free and untangled, always cleanse it properly using a clarifying shampoo with warm water whenever you get wet in the rain. This will help to remove all the pollutants and dirt gathered on your scalp.
You can also make a natural DIY hair rinse to wash them. Soak a handful of neem leaves in boiled water and wash your hair with it. As neem has antifungal properties, it will help remove all the dirt from your scalp.
Use a heat protection spray while styling
This monsoon hair care tip in fact applies for all seasons, but if you do have a plan on styling your hair, do invest in a good heat protection spray. Use Moroccan or argan oil to lather and set your hair before using any of the heating and styling products on your hair. Without using any of these products, you risk exposing your bare hair to such high heat that will eventually damage and dry your hair.
Oil your Hair
Before going for a shower, apply some oil of your choice like coconut oil to your drenched hair. This will help in removing the dirt from hair and will keep them frizz-free!
Conditioner Is A Must
Does your hair get dry and frizzy after getting wet in the rain? It is a sign that your hair is in need of a good conditioner. Do use a mild conditioner after washing your hair to manage your hair issues. The conditioner helps nourishes your frizzy hair. You can also try a natural way by using an egg and yoghurt hair mask.
Dry It Well
The best way to soak all the water from your hair is by using a cotton cloth rather than using a towel. Once you have wiped your hair using a towel, let it dry naturally. If you are in a hurry, you can use a blow dryer, but make sure you’re not doing that too often as heat will start damaging your hair.
Avoid hair colour and hairstyling
If your hair is very much prone to breakage, being dry and brittle, stay away from colouring your hair, especially during the monsoons. Getting your hair coloured or highlighted will make it even drier and dull. Colouring and hairstyling expose your hair to a lot of heating, chemicals and other treatments that can make your hair look dull if you get wet in rain.
Have a Proper Diet
Diet plays a vital role in keeping your hair healthy. What you consume reflects the quality of your hair. Add protein-rich food along with green vegetables to your regular diet as they provide shine to your hair. Berries, nuts, spinach, and sweet potatoes are some of the best foods for hair growth.
Opt for a regular haircut and trimming which is a must to boost your hair health. It will make your hair look gorgeous, and will also prevent split ends.
No one is stopping you from enjoying the rain. It is super fun to go for drives or even bike rides in the rain. If you do so, just remember to follow some good aftercare with shampoo, conditioner and maybe using a hair mask. Also, do remember to take care of your skin as well.