Monsoon mane mess

Monsoon mane mess

Monsoon mane mess
The hot and humid season takes away the beauty of the hair. Sweat and oil secretions attract dirt and pollutants, making the hair dull and matted. The salt in our sweat also makes the hair rough and robs it of body and shine. Hair loss is common during the monsoons due to oiliness and sweat deposits.

Dreaded dandruff

Sticky dandruff is another problem to live with. The scales, along with oil and sweat secretions, tend to stick to the scalp. Rich conditioners and hair styling products can also lead to a build-up on the scalp. For sticky dandruff, hot oil therapy is

n Heat sesame seed oil or olive oil and apply it on the scalp with some cotton wool and rub it  gently to dislodge the flakes.

n Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban.

n Keep it on for five minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap three or four times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better.

n It’s a good idea to leave the oil on overnight – enough time to take  in all the goodness.

n Next morning, apply the juice of a lemon on the scalp and wash your hair after 20 minutes.

Add some volume

The hair usually becomes limp when the humidity is high. Applying essential oil may help. Mix it with oil, rose water, or mineral water.

n Add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to 100 ml water.

n Shake well and keep in an airtight bottle.

n Apply this on the hair, after shampoo and leave it on.

n Five drops of tea-tree oil can be added to a mug of water and used as a last rinse.

Wash more often

Shampoo your hair more frequently during the monsoons. Use less shampoo and rinse well with water. Then, have a tea-water and lemon rinse for silky and shiny hair.

n Take used tea leaves and boil them again in four to five cups of water. The amount of water depends on the length of the hair.

n Strain and cool the water.

n Add the juice of a lemon and use as a final rinse after shampoo.

n To add shine, you can also whisk egg white with the juice of a lemon and apply on the hair half an hour before your shampoo.

Smelly stuff

Another problem is that of bad odour from the scalp during the humid season. Wash your hair at least four times a week. Rinse thoroughly with water. For a fragrant hair rinse, add the juice of a lemon and half a cup of rose water to a mug of water and use as a last rinse after washing the hair.

Don’t lose it all

A non-oily herbal hair tonic should be applied daily to check hair loss. Stress can also aggravate hair loss. Learn yoga and practise it daily, including deep breathing exercises. Learn relaxation techniques. Clinical treatments are also available to create a germicidal environment and stimulate the follicles.

Cleanse from inside

As nutritional deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair loss, diet is very important. Hair is made up of a protein matter called keratin. So, ensure adequate protein in the diet. A balanced, nutritious diet helps healthy hair growth, since the hair is actually fed by the nutrients in the blood stream. Include lean meats, fish, egg, dal, beans, fruits, sprouts, vegetables and whole grains.

Cut down on aerated drinks, fried foods, too much salt and sugar. Take a small bowl of sprouts daily. Sprouts contain amino acids, which are very beneficial to the hair. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Drink freshly extracted juices of fruits and vegetables, adding enough water to them. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and have it first thing in the morning.

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