The start of the monsoon season marks the much-needed respite from the summer heat, but as refreshing and beautiful as it may seem, this season brings along tons of hair woes. Whether it is the oily and sticky scalp, excessive hair fall or dry, dull and frizzy hair, maintaining your hair health can be quite a task during the rainy season. Additionally, the lockdown due to the COVID pandemic has been hard on all of us. While everyone is trying their best to maintain hygiene and continue social distancing, it is the constant staying indoors, coupled with the monsoon humidity, that impacts severely the texture of one’s hair.
One might well think it’s impossible to look anything but smudgy and damp in the rains! But that’s not always the case as a proper hair care routine and a little attention can tame those tresses and give you soft and frizz-free hair, even in the monsoon quite easily from the comfort of your home.
Enjoy the rains but dry your hair soon after: One of the most important rules to follow during monsoons is to keep your hair dry. Rainwater can cause your scalp to get sticky and make the hair shaft porous leaving your hair dull and frizzy. Use a soft towel, preferably made of microfiber that absorbs water rapidly rather than blow-drying your hair to protect it from any heat damage
Brush your hair the right way: This might be the simplest but its also the most efficient step to haircare. Just brushing your tresses right, will help clean your hair by removing dirt, trapped dead skin cells, and residue from various styling products you use. Also, avoid brushing your hair while it is wet as that can lead to hair fall and breakage. Broken hair is rough to touch and dull to look at. So, choose a wide-toothed comb while your hair is slightly damp to easily detangle the knots or simply finger comb it.
Indulge in a bi-weekly champi session: Most of us use hair oil round the year but monsoon calls for some extra pampering. Regular oil massages help to keep the scalp healthy, nourish the hair and improve dry and damaged hair. So, by all means, pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing champi session with an Aloe Vera Enriched Coconut Hair Oil. Coconut oil penetrates the scalp 10x deeper, coating the hair shaft from within, while the miracle conditioning ingredient ‘Aloe Vera’ preserves the moisture externally making it the most powerful combination for soft, lustrous, healthy hair. This miracle combination makes your hair so soft that you will want to keep touching it. Apply a light and non-sticky Aloe Vera Enriched Coconut Hair Oil combination at least 30-45mins before cleansing to make hair super soft, healthy and irresistible to touch. This heavenly combination of coconut and aloe vera provides a long-term solution by repairing frizzy and dull or dry hair.
Change your cleansing habit: Much like your skin, cleansing is an important routine for your hair, as dirt and grime tend to build up due to the humid stickiness of the monsoon. Cleansing your scalp and roots is therefore an essential step. A healthy scalp is as important as a healthy mane, so ensure you gently cleanse your hair twice or thrice a week. And most importantly, remember washing your hair every day with hot water does not only rob your scalp of its natural oils but also leads to damage and dryness. Instead, try taking normal room temperature water showers instead of warm ones.
Use Effective Hair-Wraps: Unfortunately, even while sleeping we can end up damaging our tresses. Your cotton and linen pillowcases do more harm than good as they tend to ‘catch’ on your hair and cause breakage. So before you go to sleep, wrap a silk or satin scarf around your head, or put it over your pillow cover to keep your hair protected.
Say no to chemicals and heating tools: While it is always advisable to minimise the use of styling tools, using an excess of styling products loaded with chemicals can also make your hair dry and dull. When it comes to styling products for your hair, skip those heavy-duty tools & chemicals and instead embrace all-natural ingredients such as few drops of Aloe Vera and Coconut oil to support your hairstyle. This will not only give your hair that much-needed detox but also give your hair that extra boost of softness while imparting a shine.
Watch your diet: Following a healthy diet might sound basic but it is one of the most crucial practices to ensure healthier hair, especially during the monsoon. What you eat plays a big role in how your hair behaves. The excessive moisture in the air, brought by the rains, needs to be countered by the scalp. A combination of Vitamin C, iron and protein-rich foods helps to restore your scalp health and fight hair fall. Additionally, include more omega 3 and omega 6 containing foods in the diet such as eggs, almonds and walnuts.
Resort to easy to make DIY hair masks: Incorporate a simple DIY hair mask in your routine. A mix of aloe vera enriched coconut hair oil, lemon juice and honey in equal parts to form a rich paste of Vitamin C, thoroughly mixed and gently massaged into the lengths of the hair and scalp, will resort the hair texture and instantly make the hair softer, shinier and healthier. While the lemon juice and honey will bring shine to your dull and dry hair, the aloe vera combined with coconut oil will bring softness and nourishment to the hair. This
wonder hair mask will make your hair so soft & silky that you will want to keep touching it. Using this hair mask once every 10 days will give you irresistibly soft and healthy hair.
With the lockdown not ending anytime soon, this is the perfect time to give your hair a break from the usual chemical overdose, travel and everyday pollutants. Rather than waiting for the salons to open up, it’s time to experiment with some simple but effective DIY home remedies that not only nourish your hair but also make it soft and manageable. Coconut hair oil enriched with the benefits of aloe vera is a must-have in your hair care routine for soft and healthy hair that is irresistible to touch. Coconut oil and Aloe Vera are the secret miracle workers that provide a long-term solution by repairing frizzy and dull or dry hair and help keep your hair healthy and irresistibly soft.
– Article by Dr Aparna Santhanam (MD, DNB) – Consultant Dermatologist, Marico India Limited for Parachute Advansed Coconut Hair Oil.