Don’t we like rainy days especially after a hot summer season? Sure… but does our hair feel the same way? Probably not. This is because the monsoon can be harmful to our hair because of the increased humidity and humidity. It can lead to frizz, limpness, and a higher risk of fungal and bacterial infections on the scalp. The excess moisture can also make hair more prone to breakage and damage. Discussing the same, Dr. Seema Oberoi, Consultant Dermatology, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram shares some insights.
Effects of haaroliemonsoon on hair quality
“Our hair doesn’t like the monsoon season,” says Dr. Oberoi. “There’s so much moisture in the air, which makes hair frizzy and more prone to hair loss and more. This is because wet or damp hair is much weaker than dry hair – like a piece of paper, which is strong when dry and weak when wet,” she explains.
Some of the most common effects of monsoon on hair are:
The high humidity in the air can cause the hair to absorb moisture, leading to frizz and unruly hair. The excess moisture disrupts the hair’s natural structure, making it difficult to style and manage.
Dull hair and lack of shine
The moisture in the air can make hair look dull and dull. It can weigh down strands and reduce their natural shine, making hair look lifeless.
Increased hair loss and breakage
Excessive moisture can weaken hair strands, making them more likely to break. The increased humidity can also lead to a moist scalp, creating a favorable environment for fungal and bacterial growth, which can further contribute to hair loss.
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The humid and humid conditions during the monsoon can cause scalp problems such as itchiness, dandruff and fungal infections. These conditions can lead to discomfort and affect the overall health of the hair.
To minimize the effects of the monsoon on hair, it is important to take proper care and precautions. Dr. Oberoi warns against taking hair care lightly. “You have to be careful when handling your hair. Don’t comb when your hair is wet, avoid using harsh chemicals, and try things like straightening, re-bonding, or coloring. Use milder shampoos and good conditioners,” she advises.
In addition, keep hair and scalp clean and dry, use anti-frizz products or serums, tie your hair back to prevent exposure to rainwater, and protect hair with a hat or umbrella when you are outside.
Benefits of Hair Oils
Here are some benefits of applying hair oil:
- Acts as a moisturizer for your hair; people with dry, brittle hair can apply
- Can moisturize and shine your hair
- Can help nourish the scalp
- Helps strengthen hair strands from within
- Protects hair from environmental factors such as pollution, strong sunlight and heat styling tools
The expert warns against using random hair oils, saying, “Most hair oils, which have very strong odors, should be avoided because they can not only damage the hair, but also be a reason for many allergies and pigmentation.”
Expert shares the best hair oil for monsoon
“The best oils to use are the neutral oils and among them, coconut oil wins over all other types of oil,” said Dr. Oberoi. A study published in the International Journal of Trichology found that coconut oil reduces protein loss for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre- and post-wash care product. It is absorbed into the hair strands better than mineral oil and other types of oil, protecting hair from breakage and split ends.
Dr. Oberoi shares, “The best way to apply it is to apply it over the lengths, leave it on for about an hour and then wash it off. This routine can be done maybe twice a week.
The effectiveness of hair oils can depend on one’s hair type and preferences. Some people may find that certain oils work better for their hair than others. Hair oiling may not be that helpful for some. It is recommended to choose high quality oils, apply them sparingly and adjust the practice based on personal hair needs.