Tame Your Tresses
Frizzy hair? Blame it on the humidity. Limp hair? It's excess moisture content again. There's a plenty of reasons to dread the monsoon. But we tell you how to prepare for those rainy days so that your locks look their best.
If you have dry hair, the open cuticles on your hair shaft will absorb the moisture from the air and make your lock frizzier and difficult to tame. Your hair looks unkempt, untidy and unhealthy. Plus, flyaways are more impossible to control.
What to do: Fight the frizz by protecting your hair from humidity and heat. Make anti-frizz your best friend. Stock your shelf with anti-frizz products-shampoo. Conditioner and serum or a leave-in conditioner, if that works better for you. Don't wash your hair too often, as this will strip your hair of its natural oils. Avoid rubbing your hair; dab it with a towel to remove the extra water. Heat is your hair's worst enemy as it will open you your hair cuticles even more. So ensure that at least the last rinse after a wash-particularly mid-length onwards – is with cold water. Let your hair air dry if possible, or if you need to use a dryer, use it on the "cool" setting. An ionic dryer is better as it helps to compress the hair cuticles, thus keeping out the frizz-inducing moisture. Ironing is a complete no-no. If you must, always use a heat protecting product. Choose a wide-toothed comb to smooth your tresses.
Home remedy: To make hair smoother and less frizzy, take two drops of sunflower oil. Put it on your palms and rub the palms lightly together, so that the oil spreads over both palms. Smooth it over your hair. Or, take the ends of the hair in your palms and scrunch them. Oil massage is also a good idea. One hour before washing your hair, an oil massage with coconut or olive oil can work wonders.
Limp and Lifeless
If you have an oily scalp, the humidity will make your hair limp and lifeless resulting in hair that lacks bounce and shine, and looks unhealthy.
What to do: A volumising shampoo and conditioner is what you need to look for. Don't use a creamy moisturizing conditioner. To add body to your hair, go for a layered cut. Use only non-greasy, lightweight styling products to avoid weighing down your hair.
Home remedy: Henna treatments help add body to hair. Add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two raw eggs and tea water to the henna powder, and mix it into a thick paste. Tea water can be made by boiling used tea leaves again in water, and then cooling and straining the liquid. Apply henna on the hair and wash off after an hour. If you do not wish to use egg, add more tea water. If you are going to oil your hair, don't leave the oil on for too long.
A damp scalp is the ideal breeding ground for fungal and bacterial scalp. You need to be wary of infections such as boils, excessive scaling, itchiness plus an increase in dandruff.
What to do: Keep your scalp absolutely clean. Never, never tie up wet hair; the dampness combined with sweat and dirt will lead to infections. Dry your hair thoroughly. If you do contract a scalp infection, use a medicated shampoo with ketoconazole or ZPTO but it would also be a good idea to visit a dermatologist.
Home remedy: Add two handfuls of neem leaves to four cups of hot water. Let it stand overnight. Next morning, strain the liquid and use it to rinse the hair. It relieves itching and keeps the scalp healthy and free form infections. It is useful in fighting dandruff. You can also make a paste of the soaked neem leaves and apply it to the scalp. Rinse off after half an hour. Oil is often a suggested remedy for an itchy scalp but if you have an infection, do not oil your hair as it can assist in spreading the infection.
• Avoid using stiff styling products. These can make your hair more greasy and limp during the monsoon season.
• It's best to tie up your hair but choose a loose hairdo, such as a loose ponytail, so that your scalp can breathe.