The onset of the monsoon season comes with a slew of hair concerns. When it rains, the hydrogen levels in the air increase, allowing hair to absorb all the moisture, causing the cuticles (the outer layer of your hair) to swell up. This often leads to the ‘frizzy monsoon hair’ and monsoon hair fall that we’re all so familiar with, and let’s not forget other problems like dry ends, hair loss and dullness.
While these problems may be dismissible at first glance, they can essentially cause serious harm to hair and should not be ignored. So, how do you prep your hair for the season? Give these tips a go, and you’ll see the difference.
Wash out rainwater
An unwarranted soak in the rain simply means trouble. Rainwater contains acids and pollutants that can damage the hair and weaken the shaft bonds, making hair brittle. Don’t ditch the umbrella, no matter how tempting it may seem. If, in any case, you happen to get drenched, the smart thing to do would be to wash out the rainwater immediately. And if that’s not scary enough, residing in areas with hard water can worsen the issue. India’s first hard water shampoo by iluvia will solve both these problems; perfect for removing harsh metal ion deposits from hair and scalp.
Trim off a few inches
Shorter hair is more manageable in the monsoons. Besides, a trim will also help with managing split ends and damaged strands. If your hair seems to be thinning out at the ends, it could be a clear sign for you to take a trip to your salon.
Never skip the conditioner
Your hair needs all the attention it can get, and conditioners do just that! Make sure to use just the right amount from mid-lengths down to the ends of your hair. Skipping this step in your monsoon hair care routine could leave room for your hair to turn dry and cause breakage.
Using styling tools with care
Excessive heat can cause a lot of damage to your hair, especially during the monsoon season when hair integrity could already be compromised. And while switching out hair dryers with a microfibre towel is a good alternative to consider, it’s a solution that may not always be feasible. So, if you use a styling tool, then it is best to make sure you use a heat protectant before or after its application. iluvia’s Intensive Hair Care Serum comes with heat and damage protection technology that protects hair from heat damage by creating an insulative barrier while making it more manageable.
Show some extra love
Your hair needs pampering every once in a while, and the monsoon season is no different. Try using a hair mask to deep-condition or oil it when needed. We recommend introducing Argan oil into your daily hair care routine as it has multiple benefits. It is a dry, non-sticky oil that is 100% natural and organic, known as one of the best treatments for frizzy hair - an absolute monsoon must-have. The Pure Argan Oil contains natural fatty acids and is a natural emollient for hair (and skin!). Use it as a leave-in conditioner or leave it on before a shower - it’s your call!
Avoid excessive brushing
Brushing your hair too much increases friction and causes damage to hair cuticles. If your hair is porous and already sensitive during the season, an occasional brush-down would be all it needs. But, if you’re struggling with frizz too often, it’s best to invest in a wide-toothed comb instead. It reduces hair fall, prevents breakage, and makes detangling an easy affair.
Say YES to hair accessories
This will keep your hair dry and prevent it from absorbing the excess moisture in the air. It’s also the best solution for a bad hair day where you don’t really want to turn to your heat styling tools to tame your frizz. Perhaps a scarf or a bandana will do more good than a straightening iron.
Use serum after a wash
Grooming your hair doesn’t stop after a wash. You need something to keep it tangle-free and manageable. This is where the Intensive Hair Care Serum can do wonders. It combats frizz and makes your hair easy to style while preventing breakage and brittleness.
Say NO to dry shampoos
Monsoons can cause dry hair but leave you with a greasy scalp, almost tempting you to give in to dry shampoo. While dry shampoos may do the trick momentarily, they’re not what you need when your hair is already susceptible to damage. Why? They can sometimes clog hair follicles and cause itching, making matters worse.
Pay attention to your diet
What you eat also plays a crucial role in your hair health. To promote healthy growth and reduce hair fall, experts recommend stocking up on foods rich in protein, iron and vitamins. A healthy diet is essential for good hair because nutrition on the inside is just as important as nutrition on the outside.
Monsoon can be a tricky season when it comes to keeping up with your hair goals, but when you are headed in the right direction with your hair care routine, then keeping up should not be a problem. From choosing the right shampoo and conditioner or mask that helps prevent frizz and brittleness to strengthening and protecting your hair post wash with the right serum - the right products in your everyday routine make all the difference.