Dr. Punit Saraogi, Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatologist & Trichologist, CLEAR
“Humid weather can increase secretion of oil & sweating from the scalp and the hair may also turn limp from the effects of increased humidity. Increased oil secretion may lead to dandruff for some. Along with the use of a good Antidandruff shampoo, proper intake of Vitamin, Minerals and Protein rich foods, regular oiling or conditioning, a good night’s sleep and keeping stress to a minimum is a good mantra for hair that is beautiful and well nourished. Also limit repeated chemical procedures like coloring and straightening as well as heat treatments like a hot blow dry & ironing. Most important of all is using a shampoo that not only cleanses but also has the goodness to take care of your hair conditions leaving it beautiful”.
There are many of hair problems that people may face during the monsoons owning to the humid and moist weather. Dandruff is one of the commonly diagnosed condition afflicting a large portion of the population. High humidity’s can contribute in leaving the hair unmanageable and frizzy.
Frizzy hair is more prone to damage and thus can lead to increased hair breakage. Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo because your hair may become limp during monsoons. Shampooing can be done daily if your hair is exposed to rain water every day.
Hair is usually the first casualty in this season. Even if you shampoo daily, dandruff magically finds its way into the mix. One should ideally start with over the counter anti dandruff shampoos with active ingredients such as Zinc pyrithrone, climbazole etc. It the dandruff is very severe of if it is associated with redness and itching of the scalp, then it is best to consult a dermatologist who would prescribe you a medicated routine. People with chemically colored or straightened hair have more porous hair strands. Porous hair strands easily absorbs water as opposed to normal hair which repels water. It is deal to use conditioning shampoos as well as a separate conditioner as this would help to smoothen out the cuticle and decrease porosity of frizzy, damaged hair.
Few of the trends of monsoon hair care are try and avoid getting your hair wet in the rains, as the pollutants in the rain may weaken the shaft bonds, making your hair dull and limp. So cover your hair before going out to protect them from humidity. People are also opting for short and trendy cuts as it’s easy to manage, low-maintenance, and works beautifully with curly as well as straight hair. Remember, to make your diet rich in proteins, vitamins and iron. Incorporate walnuts, eggs, fish, spinach and lentils in your grocery list as they are good for your hair. Drink plenty of water and fresh juice as well.
· Oil application on the scalp helps to moisturize, soothe and calm the scalp.
· To achieve an oil-free scalp, apply lemon juice for 15 minutes and then rinse it, this is a very effective remedy with an easily available ingredient.
· Itchy scalps are common in the monsoon with sweat, grime sticking to the scalp. To take care of this, add a few tablespoons of cooking vinegar to a mug of water and use as a last rinse after shampooing. This acts as a disinfectant and helps to relieve the itching.it also adds shine to the hair.
· Eat a balanced, protein-rich diet, along with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Include vitamin E and C in your diet and drink plenty of water.
· Green tea is rich in antioxidants and should be consumed regularly.
From Beauty & Beyond: Thank you Dr. Saraogi & CLEAR for the insight on monsoon hair care. I am sure a lot of us will find the article really helpful.