"Rain, rain, come again”, and rain falls. The humidity, on the other hand, bestows gifts such as hair damage. These are the months when your hair stays unusually frizzy, lacks shine, and seems to have its own set of mood swings. Hair becomes frizzy in monsoon because the hair shaft absorbs moisture from the air, which causes the cuticle to enlarge and to not lie as smoothly. If you really want to prevent the impulse to shave your mane due to the sticky monsoon, you'll need to know which hair care tips to apply and which to avoid.
Allowing the season to be the cause of your damaged hair is not a good idea! There's no need for expensive salon products when you can prepare homemade frizz-fighters with what you already have in your pantry and fridge. Follow these DIY tips religiously.
- 2 tbsp baking soda in 500 mL water is the simplest DIY shampoo recipe. It can, however, leave different hair types in various stages of disarray, with some being extremely greasy, dry, or tangled. As a result, you can include coconut milk, Vitamin E oil, essential oils, and olive or almond oil in your recipe (for dry hair). In a jug, combine all of the ingredients and whisk until the baking soda is evenly distributed. Scrub in a circular motion from the roots to the tips of your hair. Simply apply apple cider vinegar for conditioning. That’s all! And bask in the sweet goodness it will bring you.
- Mix ½ cup water, ½ cup castile liquid soap, 1 teaspoon glycerine (omit if you have greasy hair), and a few drops of your preferred essential oil together thoroughly. Apply a palmful of this shampoo to your strands, then rinse with warm water. This DIY shampoo won't suds up as much as store-bought shampoo, but it will remove grime and oil just as well. Substitute ½ cup strong herbal tea, such as chamomile, lavender, or rosemary, for the water in the above recipe to make a naturally scented DIY shampoo.
- 1 egg yolk, beaten until frothy, ½ tsp olive oil and ¾ cup warm water added gradually while beating, just before washing your hair with homemade shampoo. Pour the mixture into damp hair and massage it in with your fingertips. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water..
- This is for you if you want to use dry shampoo. 2 tbsp arrowroot powder, 2 tsp curry leaf powder, 1 tsp amla powder, and 1 tsp shikakai powder. Apply it to your scalp and rinse with plain water. It is an effective cleanser that also promotes hair growth.
- Allow a handful of fresh or dried marigold flowers to stand in 3 cups of hot water for an hour. To benefit oily hair, strain and cool the water before using it as a final rinse.
- After each stripping of store-bought shampoo, your hair follicles struggle to overproduce oils. Recognize that your scalp will need to “relearn” how much oil to produce, so expect a greasy period of 1-3 weeks. These DIY shampoos are fantastic once your scalp has adjusted.
- Once a week, use any of the following ingredients in combination or alone to deep condition dry or damaged hair: olive oil, coconut oil, beaten egg, yoghurt, mayonnaise, mashed banana, or mashed avocado. Massage this into damp hair, then wrap it in an old towel for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
- 1 cup honey, 1 cup almond oil, and 1 cup ground chamomile leaves combined. Massage this gently into your scalp and leave it on for an hour before washing with a gentle shampoo. This reduces hair loss and results in thick, conditioned hair.
- Do you wish to revive your limp hair and bring it back to life? To make the solution, combine 2 lemons’ juice with crushed hibiscus leaves and mint paste. Apply to your scalp, let it sit for 30 minutes, then shampoo with a moderate citrus-based shampoo.
- Apply a mix of 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 orange. Wrap a warm towel around your head and rub it in. After one hour, wash. This reduces dullness from your hair and leaves it nourished and evergreen.
- Try this to keep your hair from frizzing. In a mixing bowl, mash three bananas and add honey to produce a smooth paste. Apply this hair pack to your scalp and keep it on for an hour before rinsing with cold water.
- Mix 2 eggs, 2 spoonfuls of curd, a squeeze of lemon, and a few drops of honey. Apply this mixture to the scalp and tips for 30 minutes, then rinse with a light shampoo to seal in the moisture.
- The easiest approach to reap the benefits of Amla is to combine it with a few tablespoons of lemon juice and leave it on your hair overnight. To get rid of dandruff and hair fall, repeat this technique twice a week.
- Another treatment for dandruff and lifeless hair is to soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and then wash your hair with that water. These seeds, fuller’s earth, and mint can also be combined to produce a paste. Use it as a shampoo for lustrous hair by combining lemon juice and water. Before washing, apply a drop or two of onion juice to your scalp. Surprised? Don't be. This can help with hair loss, enhance scalp blood circulation, and reduce scalp inflammation.
Other DOs include:
- Make sure you get lots of water
- Your body reflects what you eat. To maintain healthy hair, consume a protein-rich diet that includes milk, soya, fruits, leafy greens, and eggs.
- At least once a week, oil your hair (Keep in mind that the scalp naturally becomes oily during monsoon, so oil two hours before washing)
- Use a wide-toothed comb
- Don’t tie up your hair when it’s wet.
Don’t just get wet this monsoon; try out some green activities! Both you and the environment will benefit from them. Allow the beauty of the rain to play with your mind rather than your hair!