Monsoon is the time that remind us of a cool breeze and rain soaking up our surroundings. The smell of wet soil feels like magic that takes away the dull effects of harsh summer heat. However, as much as the monsoon season feels soothing, it surely takes a toll on our hair. Hair fall is a major side effect of that feel-good monsoon weather. The good news is that you can follow certain tips to prevent hair fall in monsoon.
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Vijendran, MBBS, MD (Gold Medal-RGUHS) DNB, Consultant Dermatologist, Apollo Hospital, Bengaluru, to understand ways to deal with monsoon hair fall.
Follow these tips to prevent hair fall in monsoon
Hair fall is hard to deal with, but there are various remedies that you can follow to slow down your hair fall and recover them. Constant rainfall causes humidity in the atmosphere, and your hair tends to absorb the extra hydrogen in the air. Our hair is structured in such a way that they are sensitive to airborne hydrogen, and excessive hydrogen absorption makes them fragile and brittle leading to hair fall in monsoons. Here are some tips suggested by the expert to deal with monsoon hair fall.
1. Keep away from monsoon rainwater
As much as the monsoon weather provokes you to step out and soak in the rain, you should protect your hair from rainwater and refrain from stepping out in the rain. The rainwater is often acidic or dirty which usually does more harm than good.
2. Scalp wash
“Wash your hair at least three times a week during the monsoons. Our scalp tends to generate more oil during the monsoons so washing it frequently with a good ant-fungal shampoo would help to avoid fungal infections and seborrhoea of the scalp,” tells the expert.
3. Avoid oiling your hair during monsoons’
As aforementioned, the scalp tends to be more oily during monsoons, so you shouldn’t use oil during this weather. If at all you want to use oil, apply it one hour before bath and wash your scalp immediately after an hour.
4. Check your diet
Your diet plays a major role in how shiny and healthy your hair grows. The expert suggests increasing ground nuts, almonds, sprouts or egg white in your diet. This will give essential proteins for hair growth.
“Refrain from consuming excess of cheese, high sugar content foods and mayonnaise,” tells the expert. These processed foods cause hormonal imbalance in the body and aggravate the issue of hair fall.
5. Avoid using frizz products
During monsoon, our hair takes longer to dry out. Mostly in a hurry, we tend to use more products like hair dryers, tongs, or straighteners that make our hair brittle and weak leading to more hair fall and breakage. Also, the expert suggests avoiding taking any sauna steam during this weather.
6. Other factors
Reduce consumption of alcohol and smoking as these worsen already existing hair fall. You must also sleep well and keep stress at bay as these also cause hormonal imbalance in the body, thereby, increasing stress. Exercising at least four times a week is also essential to keep hair fall during monsoons under check.