Tired of experiencing hair loss every monsoon?
Research says it's normal to shred 50 to 100 strands of hair in a day, but when it comes to monsoon, it may go up to 250 strands per day. But why does this happen?
Let's understand why hair falls in the monsoon:
Monsoon comes with high humidity, or at times acid rain and dirty rainwater, which makes hair strands absorb more hydrogen and swell.
Humidity can make your scalp oily, and as a result, we end up taking hair wash more often. Excess hair wash steals hair moisture and causes hair fall, dryness coupled with dandruff and frizziness.
Damp hair and high moisture content make our scalp a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which can lead to itching and scalp infections. Using chemical or other hair products makes the scalp oily and greasy due to excess humidity, whereas using gels causes dandruff.
Try these simple strategies to stop hair loss during the monsoon season.
Apply hair oil once or twice a week:
- Pamper yourself with a warm oil champi!
- Using warm scalp hair oil to massage your scalp will not only nourish your scalp but increases blood circulation as well to keep hair healthy and shiny.
- Let the oil sit overnight or for 2-3 hours, then wash with a mild shampoo.
- Alternatively, you can also apply aloe vera or any other DIY hair mask to relax and rejuvenate your hair.
Use a mild shampoo:
- Excess to anything is harmful. Keep a difference of 2-3 days between each wash.
- To hydrate strands, use a mild shampoo that doesn't contain silicone or sulphate.
- Choose an anti-dandruff shampoo with conditioning properties that will not only fight against dandruff but other scalp infection as well, which will prevent hair breakage, tangled locks, and frizzy hair.
- Remember to leave the shampoo on the scalp for 3-4 minutes before rinsing off, as this helps the shampoo to perform better.
- Look for ingredients that contain anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties to fight dandruff such as Algae, Zinc PCA, Zinc pyrithione, chamomile, ginger, selenium sulphide, etc.
Never tie the wet hair:
The natural reaction is to tie hair up to keep it off the face. But it is when our hair is already more susceptible to breakage. So tight ponytails, braids, and other intricate hairstyles will only increase hair fall.
Use a wide-toothed comb:
Brushing your hair with the wrong type of comb can severely damage your hair.
Neem combs are wonderful for the scalp it not only maintain good scalp health but also inhibit dandruff and scalp infections.
Avoid excess hair dryer:
If your hair gets wet due to rain, pick up a microfibre cloth or towel because a hair blower will only further damage already weak hair, so let your hair naturally air dry.
Maintain a healthy diet pattern:
What we eat reflects in our skin, hair, and body. Not consuming essential nutrients exacerbates hair loss due to undernourished hair follicles.
- Include pulses, sprouts, soy, egg whites, lean meats, whole grain cereals, and dairy products.
- Food rich in Vitamin B12 and omega-3 helps strengthen damaged and brittle hair, scalp dryness and hair dullness.
- Cut down caffeine that will dehydrate the scalp instead increase water intake.
Give yourself some rest:
Stress-induced hair fall is real. Getting panicked about hair fall will only make it fall more.
Staying in a stress-free mood will not only increase your level of serenity but will also help keep your hair from falling out. Regular exercise, along with yoga or meditation, strengthens hair tissue and benefits the cardiovascular system as well.
Usually, hair fall in monsoons is a transitional phase, and you do not need to stress thinking over it, use anti-dandruff shampoo and scalp therapy oil to nourish your hair in monsoon. However, if you notice excessive hair loss abnormalities, then visit a hair specialist or dermatologist to determine the cause and treatment of the hair loss.