Clean right, eat right for healthy hair this monsoon

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Is your hair falling, your scalp itchy and those lustrous locks getting sticky this monsoon? Worry not, experts have a host of suggestions, including simple homemade remedies like vinegar and methi seeds, to keep your hair healthy and sorted.

The problems occur because humidity leads to excessive perspiration and the scalp gets oily.

"Oil and sweat secretions tend to stick to hair and scalp. It also attracts grime and pollutants in the air. To handle all this, one needs to shampoo hair more frequently, especially if hair is oily," renowned beauty expert Shahnaz Husain told IANS.

Her advice is to use shampoos containing herbal extracts like shikakai, reetha, brahmi, amla and henna.

But won't your hair get spoilt with frequent washing?

Not at all, says hair stylist Renee Malik.

"Wash hair as often as required but choose your shampoo wisely. Go for a mild cleansing shampoo for regular use and pair it up with a suitable conditioner for your hair type," Malik told IANS.

Apart from hair fall, itchy scalp is something that troubles many people during this season.

According to Geetika Mittal, medical director of the International Skin and Anti-Aging Centre (ISAAC), it could be a sign of unhealthy hair.

"Itchy scalp is a symptom of unhealthy hair; so cleansing and nourishing of hair is important. Besides that, using hair mask and getting hair spa treatment is also a good idea in this season," Mittal said.

Husain adds that the itching could be due to a scalp infection.

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