The rain rhapsody
The cool breeze and gathering clouds are a harbinger of the pitter-patter that is soon-to make an appearance in the city. But then, so are the humidity related hair woes.
Your skirmish with heat and sweat may have come to an end , but don’t let your guard down just yet, given that your battle with humidity is about to begin. Frizz, dullness and humidity-induced volume will make your hair go haywire. The only way to tackle these problems head-on, is, to be prepared. We have Manita Gureja, Associate Director, Revlon Professional India; Kieron Webb, Global Expert, TIGI; Shailesh Moolya, National Hair Trainer, Lakmé Salon and Shirin Merchant, Proprietor, Kut N Make Salon, to guide you through the monsoon.
The sudden rise in humidity manifests itself in problems more than one. For curly hair it means a fizzy, dull and unmanageable crop, as the hair cuticles swell with excess moisture in the atmosphere — almost 16 percent in diameter in high humidity; and for straight hair it means limpness and oily scalp due to excess oil secretion. There is also an increase in hair fall and dryness along with dandruff.
But does an increase in humidity mean you cannot wash your hair regularly? Certainly not! Wash hair thrice a week with lukewarm water. Hot water on hair is a big no-no. Excessively oily hair should be washed every alternate day. But if humidity has caused major dandruff problems, a daily wash is recommended. Gureja recommends mild cleansing shampoos such as Revlon’s René Furterer Curbicia shampoo for an oily scalp, Meleluca for danduruff, Forticea stimulating shampoo to tackle hair fall, Astera scalp soothing shampoo and Naturia Gentle Balancing shampoo for all hair types to be used in this season. Similarly, TIGI’s Recharge , Elasticate and Epic Volume shampoos work great for humid conditions. Also, if you do not want to wash your hair too often, you can opt for TIGI Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo.
After every hairwash, conditioning is a must. A conditioner seals the cuticles to lock moisture thus taming the fizz and making hair smooth and shiny. Post wash, squeeze out excess water and work the conditioner from midlengths to ends and rinse well with cold water. Light conditioners works well for limp and oily hair. For dry hair, try René Furterer’s Karite conditioner, for fine hair opt for Fioravanti clarify and shine rinse conditioner. Also try TIGI’s Urban Antidotes Range or S Factor Serious Conditioner for deep conditioning.
Oiling hair has its benefits even in rainy season. But oil should be kept only for a couple of hours and not overnight. You can opt for an olive or sesame oil massage before wash for nourishment of roots and scalp. Post wash, don’t forget to apply a leave-in conditioner or serum for protection and maintenance. Creams and serums, with a light hold factor and anti-humidity protection, are best for daily use and styling. Choose between TIGI Bed Head Small Talk and Totally Baked serums. To take care of frizz, pick an anti-frizz serums such as L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum.
Hair spa once a fortnight is much needed for your humidity-damaged hair. Spa and salon treatments repair and nourish hair to reduce dullness and maintain the pH balance of the scalp, thus rejuvenating your hair. You can go for a Moroccan hair spa or Moisture Balance Spa to maintain your hair in monsoon. Alternatively try out a protein treatment such as Cysteine — an Amino Acid treatment for healthy tresses.
Keep It short
• A short haircut is preferable in the monsoon as it dries easily and doesn’t take too long to manage. • It also keeps split-ends at bay. Avoid doing a cut with a razor as it could tear an already dry and frizzy shaft.
While it is best to avoid styling in this season, if need be, use serums and sprays that are light and do not weigh your hair down instead of a heavy mousse or cream. Make anti-frizz styling products or humid control sprays your BFFs for the season.
• Coloured hair is porus and is prone to breakage in humidity. • Always use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner. • Avoid frequent root touch ups and global hair colours during the rains. • Apply a leave-in conditioner or serum to maintain colour for a longer period of time.
• Avoid getting drenched in the rain as pollution and floating toxins in the air get mixed with rain water. • Don’t leave your hair wet for a long time as it may cause breakage. • Use a muslin scarf or a pashmina shawl to cover your hair. • Avoid using too much hair product and excessive use of heat styling tools. • Do not use gels as they run
down with water.