MON­SOON HAIR WOES

Sim­ple care and easy main­te­nance tips.

Woman's Era - - Contents - Sudha Har­i­ha­ran

The rains do not just dis­rupt our rou­tines but also plays havoc with hair and scalp. Even with­out shed­ding it is nor­mal to lose about 50-100 strands each day. Ex­ces­sive hu­mid­ity tends to make hair frizzy and damp dur­ing this time

The mon­soon has come aknock­ing and deal­ing with bad-hair days can come to be more of­ten than you thought. A quick and con­ve­nient so­lu­tion to over­come any hair prob­lems and main­tain your hair well is to in­clude the right hair-care and styling prod­ucts in your hair arse­nal. It helps to en­sure that th­ese are picked out to cater es­pe­cially to your hair type as well as com­bat the weather.

Noted stylist Ad­huna Bha­bani sug­gests sim­ple DIY tips to man­age your mane.

Most of us dread the mon­soons due to the mount­ing hu­mid­ity in the air, caus­ing ab­so­lute hair-havoc! The per­fect so­lu­tion is to arm your­self with a good anti-frizz leave-in cream to com­bat frizz as well as nour­ish, smoothen and pro­tect your hair, leav­ing it soft and man­age­able. Leave-in creams like Cli­mate Con­trol do not weigh your hair down but en­hances its nat­u­ral tex­ture. The prod­uct is en­riched with SPF prop­er­ties to pro­tect and shield your hair on sun­nier days against the harm­ful sun and UV rays.

TO MAIN­TAIN A HEALTHY SCALP, MAKE SURE YOU SHAM­POO AT LEAST TWICE OR THRICE A WEEK; USE PROD­UCTS THAT PRO­VIDE THE RIGHT LEV­ELS OF MOIS­TURE AND CON­DI­TION­ING TO YOUR HAIR. PICK THE RIGHT SHAM­POO AND CON­DI­TIONER BA­SIS FOR YOUR HAIR­SPE­CIFIC NEED.

To main­tain a healthy scalp, make sure you sham­poo at least twice or thrice a week; use prod­ucts that pro­vide the right lev­els of mois­ture and con­di­tion­ing to your hair. Pick the right sham­poo and con­di­tioner ba­sis for your hair­spe­cific need. For coloured hair, al­ways use a colour-pro­tect sham­poo to en­sure your colour job lasts as long as pos­si­ble. Con­sult a stylist who knows and un­der­stands your hair type and pref­er­ence.

It is best to em­brace the nat­u­ral tex­ture of your hair, don’t fight it. Use a leave-in con­di­tioner on slightly damp hair and let your hair dry nat­u­rally.

Limit the use of heated tools but should you have to suc­cumb to some se­ri­ous styling, prep your hair with prod­ucts with SPF and heat­pro­tect­ing prop­er­ties to shield for any pos­si­ble heat dam­age.

For those with curly hair, a curl- defin­ing leavein cream is the best way to show your curls some love. It helps to add shape and def­i­ni­tion to your wavy mane whilst keep­ing it mois­turised, pro­tect­ing it from en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age and fix­ing frizz, all at the same time.

Lastly, your hand­bag should not be with­out this hair es­sen­tial – a great dry sham­poo is a must-have this mon­soon, es­pe­cially for those with on-the-go, busy life­styles. It elim­i­nates a greasy, sweaty scalp in­stantly re­fresh­ing and re­vamp­ing your hair within sec­onds. The dry sham­poo adds vol­ume and gives the hair a more tex­turised look. It does an ex­tremely smooth job of ab­sorb­ing ex­cess grease whilst leav­ing your hair smelling di­vine. Use it in be­tween washes, with­out hav­ing to use any wa­ter.

QUICK TIP

Don’t for­get to opt for deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments to en­sure that the mon­soons don’t leave your hair dry and frizzy. A good re­lax­ing head mas­sage at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals stim­u­lates the scalp and pro­motes blood flow which feeds the root of the hair. It is the cir­cu­lar mo­tion of a mas­sage that works for hair growth; this can be done with or with­out the use of any prod­uct.

If you have not gone short yet, now’s the time! You can opt for a de­con­structed pixie, a messy or grad­u­ated bob or even a lob – all low-main­te­nance cuts.

Trim your hair reg­u­larly, every 68 weeks to rid it of split ends as well as main­tain the shape of your hair­cut. The best ac­ces­sory you can gift your­self is a chic mon­soon­friendly hair­cut.

You can also try sim­ple but stylish hair­styles such as the top knot. This half top knot is an­other sassy, cool op­tion to com­bat hu­mid­ity-caus­ing frizz whist stay­ing on top of your trend game. It's easy to style and can be done with just about any length of hair.

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