What happens in the monsoon to your scalp and hair?
1) With increased humidity, there is a lot of sweating which makes the scalp greasy and the hair limp and dull.
2) The increased moisture in the hair can make the hair sticky or frizzy depending upon the type of hair and your hair care products.
3) Constant sweating plus warmth in the air makes the scalp conducive to growth of microorganisms like bacteria and fungi.
4) Also the environmental pollutants in the air stick to your scalp and hair which is already greasy.
5) A slight increase in the daily amount of hair fall.
The overall effect is that - in the monsoons you land up with hair that is dull, lifeless or frizzy with a smelly scalp with or without infections.
1) Keep your scalp dry as far as possible. Use protection from rain in form of an umbrella or a cap or a hat.
2) If you get wet dry your scalp thoroughly.
3) Wash your scalp frequently (even daily, as we sweat more in the monsoons) with Ph balanced mild shampoos. The idea is to cleanse the scalp gently but at the same time avoiding further damage to the hair especially if you are the sort who has an oily scalp but dry hair.
4) Use conditioners which suit your type of hair. Light conditioners for oily hair and slightly stronger ones for the frizzy kind of hair. You may have to try out a few conditioners before you get the one that suits you. Also leave on serums and conditioners can be used especially for those with frizzy hair.
5) Hydrate yourself well by drinking a lot of water and fluids.
6) Don't worry about the slight increase in the hair fall. This is seasonal and will correct itself.
7) Avoid hair procedures like perming or straightening which might make matters worse.
8) In case of infections in the scalp, visit your doctor.
Following the above-mentioned tips would make sure that monsoon would not have any impact on your hair.
Article by Dr. Sandeep Sattur
Dr. Sandeep Sattur is the Hair Restorative Surgeon at Evolve Medspa – A Yash Birla Venture. He is an Alumnus of Grant Medical College, having completed his MBBS, MS (General Surgery) and M Ch (Plastic Surgery). He specializes in the field of Hair Restoration and management of Hair Loss. He has been involved with follicular unit micrografting since its introduction in India, a decade ago. He is affiliated to a couple of private hospitals in Mumbai and Goa as a Hair Transplant Surgeon. He believes in patient education and practice of evidence based medicine. He has attended many national meetings and conferences as a faculty member. He has published papers and contributed to a chapter in a Book of Cutaneous Surgery.
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