One of the most complicated things I ever face in monsoon is ‘hair fall’. No wait! I don’t shed tons of hair as I already follow a proper routine. However, I can doubtlessly point of the difference compared to how much hair I shed everyday in summer. If you face a similar problem, don’t panic. Sit back and check out my routine and ideas that you can follow to maintain your mane in monsoons!
My hair care routine in monsoon:
I recently announced my hair growth challenge where I mentioned few lines about my routine. Currently, I am oiling my hair twice a week and washing it twice with shikakai powder. I don’t put anything else on my hair – especially those paraben, silicone and SLS filled products. I only use the MABH hair oil for nourishment and my homemade shikakai powder for cleansing my hair. I admit I wasn’t regular with my weekly hair treatments (spas) but from this month, due to the challenge, I am going to follow them more regularly! I am maintaining my hair all clean to avoid breakage and monsoon dandruff. I often clean my detangling comb with liquid soap and change my pillow sheets as well. This is not only for my hair, but for the sake of my facial skin too.
Other than the topical treatments, I am taking B complex and Biotin pills everyday (after consulting with my physician). I am waiting for the Biotin to do magic on my hair; it will atleast take a month or two for the difference to show up. B complex is REALLY helping me a lot with controlling my body heat. My facial heat bumps don’t occur anymore! What else? I protect my hair from dust, sunlight and I make sure to be gentle during hair massaging sessions. That’s all my routine!.. No.. wait!!! I am taking eggs EVERYDAY and chicken, very often! This is very important in my diet; it helps me a ton in growing out my hair. However, you can add other protein rich foods as well.
1. No Rain Please!
Being a rain lover, (if you can relate) it was really hard for me to give up playing and getting wet in the rain. Months back, I used to enjoy every bit of rain as it made me immensely happy. But then occurred my craze for this long hair and I had to ditch rain, sadly! It is indeed a sad part but you are actually preventing your hair from chemicals present in the rain water. (Yeah, it is not pure all the time). Getting wet in rain caused me double the time shed once and it scared me for the first time. If by chance you expose your hair/scalp to rain water anytime, rinse it immediately and air dry it. If you want something, you need to sacrifice something! Sob!
2. Find Your Routine
When it comes to hair care, monsoon is the most confusing weather! So I can definitely not recommend ONE routine for everyone; as hair/scalp type differs a lot in monsoons. You can experience all greasy scalp and dry hair (due to the humidity in the air) or totally stripped dry scalp with dandruff and messy hair. You HAVE to find that out to plan a good hair care routine to keep problems at bay! For me, it is oily scalp and dry hair combo. 3 days after wash, my scalps tends to get a bit oilier making it hard for me to style my hair. Hence, I am washing my hair twice a week these days. If you do not experience a similar issue, wash your hair only once a week after a deep conditioning treatment.
Due to this strange behavior of my scalp, I am following my weekly hair spa with rose petals and coconut milk. (Got to make it more regular!) I never forget to apply MABH hair oil and massage my scalp before using any kind of packs on my hair. This way, my scalp remains healthy and clean even in the monsoons. If you maintain your hair and scalp clean, you can cheat monsoon and grow out your hair healthier as usual!
3. Hot Oil Massage Twice a Week
I usually don’t warm up the hair oil I use. However, I started doing it lately before every massage as monsoon makes the hair more prone to dandruff. I don’t want to catch dandruff at all because things will turn worse if I do. Dandruff is one of the biggest enemies of healthy hair and faster hair growth. It affects the hair growth speed indirectly, but greatly. Hence, warming up the hair oil you use and massaging it on your scalp one hour before hair wash helps a lot in maintaining your hair dandruff-infection free. This works both on dry and oily scalps! Just make sure you wash your hair properly with a mild shampoo/shikakai to get rid of all the oil you applied.
4. Normalize Body Heat:
I read somewhere monsoon is not just about cold rains, beautiful skies and wind. It hikes up your normal body tempature if you are not in a proper diet. Drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated and have tender coconut once or twice a week. If you find any unusal acne/heat bump breakout on your face or body, it is a red alarm that your hair is going to be affected too! Take it seriously and maintain your health and body heat. You can include fresh juices and B complex supplements (Strictly after consulting with your physician) I take a B Complex pill every night before going to bed and this really helps in controlling acne and hair fall. No more breakouts and my hair sheds in a reasonable rate.
5. Avoid Getting Ill:
When you are sick, your hair falls a LOT! I’ve experienced this billions of times literally. This may be due to reasons like – stress, lack of energy, malnutrition and lack of maintenance. Hence, make sure to not get sick in monsoons as this weather is very much prone to cold, flu and other diseases. To maintain your hair long and healthy, one must stick to a healthy lifestyle throughout the year, especially in monsoons. Healthy body = Healthy hair!
I forgot to share something I wanted to – During summers and winters, my hair feels very normal and smooth even after 2-3 days after the last rinse. But monsoons are taking the ‘life’ out of my hair literally (are you experiencing it too? but chill down; it is completely normal.) and making it slightly limp – and I hate to core. Hence, I am thinking to rinse my hair thrice hereafter – twice with shikakai and once with plain water to get rid of sweat and other impurities. Not sure yet; I’ll be letting you know about it on my hair growth update post at the end of month 2 of my challenge! Stay tuned!
So that’s all my routine. Share your monsoon hair routine below! I would love to hear.