Hey, there! I am back with part two of the Monsoon series. In the previous part, I discussed how to practice a basic skincare routine along with some Dos and Don’ts. This time it is all about hair care during monsoon.
While the thought of getting drenched in the rains is tempting, the rainwater may be polluted and end up damaging your hair strands and allow growth of bacteria due to wetness. The heavy winds usually blowing during monsoon can turn your hair into a bird’s nest leading to knots, rough hair etc. Along with your skin, your lustrous locks can suffer during the monsoon too if you don’t treat them right. Hence, a proper monsoon hair care routine is a must.
Also, the monsoon brings with it a lot of humidity which can lead to scalp infections, dandruff, frizzy hair etc. as bacteria breeds in such environment. So take care of your hair during monsoon using the following tips below.
The primary focus of your monsoon hair care routine should be keeping the scalp clean and dry. Avoid delaying your hair wash during monsoons as it can harbour bacteria and increase the risk of scalp infections. Use a sulphate free shampoo at least twice a week. If you get wet during the rain, wash your hair immediately after returning home to remove any dirt residue/pollutants from the rainwater. Follow up with a silicone free conditioner to soften the hair.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Bon Organics Aloe Vera shampoo (review here)
Forest Essentials Bhringraj and Shikakai Hair Cleanser (high-end option)
Oil to tame the frizz
Frizziness can elevate due to high humidity during monsoon, hence taming it needs more care than just using a serum. Regular oil champis can help tame frizz to a great extent. While coconut oil works best, you can use olive, almond or jojoba oil as well. Always oil your hair before shampooing them to keep them moisturised and nourished. Post hair washes, you can use a couple of drops of argan or olive oil as a serum to smooth out tangles and add some shine to your hair.
Demure Beauty Picks
Nyassa Argan oil (I believe this one is really pure argan oil, a lot of sellers are selling processed versions which do no good)
Keep dandruff at bay
Monsoon is the perfect time for the bacteria in your hair to breed due to the humidity all around. Also, the humidity can at times dry out your scalp leading to flaking. If ignored, dandruff could lead to other issues like hair fall and acne. Most drugstore anti-dandruff shampoos in the market are pretty useless in treating dandruff. So if dandruff occurs, use a few drops of tea tree or rosemary oil in any carrier oil of your choice and massage on your scalp. Leave it for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair. Both tea tree and rosemary essential oil have anti-bacterial properties which help to keep dandruff at bay.
Demure Beauty picks
Soulflower Dandruff Control Oil (it has tea tree essential oil along with other carrier oils, in case you don’t want to deal with essentials oils directly.)
P.s. Soulflower has a huge end of season sale on their website. So check out their huge variety of carrier and essential oils and stock it up. Also, I have heard some great reviews on their handmade shampoo bars so check those out too before the sale is over.
Avoid heat styling.
You may spend hours blow drying, straightening and curling your hair but the moment you step out, it all going to be ruined. Even if you carry an umbrella or wear a raincoat, your tresses are bound to get wet to some extent. So embrace your natural texture instead and avoid heat styling. Instead, opt for the beachy waves look or even braid them up (maybe take a cue from Meghan Markle and go for the messy hair look.) Use a sea salt spray to add some texture and volume to your hair.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Dissolve 1 tbsp sea salt in 1 cup of water. Add a spoonful of aloe vera gel and conditioner/oil. Shake it all well and voila! Your DIY sea salt spray is ready to use.
Treat your hair
At least once a month or every 15 days, treat your hair with a hair mask/deep conditioner. You can opt for a hair spa too but I like to do it at home, that way I have control of what products go into my hair (also I can save myself a lot of money). A deep conditioning hair mask will help you fight the frizz, dryness and nourish your scalp. So indulge in a hot oil treatment and follow up with hair masque post shampoo to give your hair some TLC this monsoon.
Demure Beauty Picks:
Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Hair Masque (love this! review here)
You can use fresh aloe vera gel, curd, honey, bananas, avocado etc. to create your own hair mask for soft shiny hair.
Some general hair care tips:
Tie up your hair if you are in a windy place to avoid dust from entering your hair and tangling it up.
On the contrary, if it’s not windy, leave them open and let your scalp breathe.
Do not let your hair stay wet for too long, use a hair dryer if must on low heat/cool setting.
Handle your hair gently, use wide tooth combs instead of hair brushes to detangle.
Dry your hair using a micro-fibre towel to quicken up the process.
Eat a lot of proteins to keep your hair strong and healthy.
That’s my monsoon hair care guide. I have tried to keep as simple as possible but covered all main concerns you need to care for during the coming monsoon season. Let me know your thoughts in comment section below. I hope you are able to enjoy the rains with this easy monsoon hair care tips.
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