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How to Avoid Monsoon Hair Fall?

Updated on 2 November 2022

Hairfall is a common problem faced by many individuals. Both young and old witness hair fall at some point in their lives. Especially during monsoons, hair fall becomes a common cause of anxiety for the majority. 

During monsoon, as the humidity level is high and the scalp retains oil, making one shampoo more often. This makes the scalp dry and leads to dandruff, which causes severe hair fall. Another reason is that excessive moisture in the scalp causes fungal infection, which weakens the hair roots and increases hair fall. The first rain is acidic and the hair retains chemicals, which damage hair. The use of a dryer to dry hair can damage hair. Chronic gut conditions can lead to deficiencies of vitamins and minerals that are required for good hair health. 

Normally losing 50-60 hairs every day is acceptable. But when the count goes above 200-250, it becomes a matter of concern. The hair absorbs hydrogen due to moisture present in the air, resulting in frizziness and breakage. It takes time to dry the hair and the wetness inside the scalp loosens the strength of the hair follicle. Hair becomes dull and lifeless and tends to tangle a lot. The growth of bacteria and fungi on the scalp can lead to an itchy scalp. All such reasons lead to hair fall.

Tips to Prevent Further Hair Fall

The seasonal change brings all the discomfort. However, one can follow a few simple tips to prevent the hair from falling further,

  1. Dry your hair properly: Use a clean and dry cloth to absorb the water from your hair immediately after a head bath. Gently twist the hair from below by covering them with the cloth. Using a hairdryer causes further damage to the hair so let them dry naturally. Do not tie them for a long time. 
  2. Choose the right shampoo and don’t forget to use a conditioner: Do not use excessive chemical-based shampoo to clean your hair. Choose the right kind of shampoo that washes your hair gently. Dandruff and frizzy hair can be taken care of by selecting a proper shampoo. An anti-bacterial shampoo could be of help in this case. Conditioner makes the hair smooth and prevents them from tangling and breaking. 
  3. Massage your head with warm oil regularly: Nourishment of roots is important. When you massage your head with warm oil, it boosts circulation and the hair becomes shinier. Let the oil stay on your hair for a few hours or overnight and then wash them gently with shampoo. Use fenugreek seeds together with coconut oil, heat it and apply it when it is lukewarm. Use any oil of your choice, especially the one that goes well with your skin. Massaging oil on the scalp is suggested twice a week.
  4. Dietary care: A healthy diet can strengthen and lengthen your hair. Drinking a lot of water is good. Intake of excessive caffeine should be avoided. Eat a balanced meal rich in potassium, iron and vitamin E. Eat fruits and vegetables and avoid food that is low in nutritional value. 
  5. Cover your head when you have to go out while it rains: This will save you from a lot of trouble. Rainwater is acidic and full of pollutants capable of damaging hair roots. Cover your head with a cap or a scarf or use an umbrella before stepping out in the rain. If possible, wash your hair immediately after you go back home. This will help in washing off the chemicals quickly instead of letting them stay to bring stickiness and collect moisture. 
  6. Avoid hair treatments: All the hair treatments like colouring, perming, permanent straightening etc. use many chemicals. Monsoon is not the perfect time to try them out. Hair gels and sprays also make them sticky and leave less amount of air passing through your scalp. Moreover, hair moisturisers keep the hair hydrated. Use them to offer a shield to your hair from dust, heat, and excessive humidity. By using them your hair may look bulkier and shinier than before. 

Home Remedies To Prevent Hairfall

You can also try out the following remedies which are easily available at home,

  • Use lemon juice to remove oil from your scalp. This can smoothly clean the hair without breaking them. Curd is also good and works as a conditioner. Lemon helps to reduce dandruff on your scalp. 
  • Apply aloe vera gel on your scalp two hours before you wash the hair. Aloe vera can be mixed with your hair oil as well. 
  • Mashed banana and honey reduce the dryness. Apply a mixture of both an hour before washing your hair to bring it softness. A mixture of mango and mint can also add shine to your hair.
  • Fenugreek seeds are good for hair. A combination of fenugreek seeds, mint, Multani Mitti, and lemon juice can do wonders for your hair. Use half a cup of blended fenugreek seeds, half a lemon, 8-10 mint leaves, and one tablespoon of “Multani Mitti” together. Apply this paste to your head and let it stay for 2-3 hours before you wash.  
  • There are different ayurvedic hair oils available in the market. You can choose any of them if that suits you well. The oil can be homemade using various testified herbs as per traditional norms. Amla, almonds, and Bhringraj are commonly used natural ingredients while making oils.

Shampoos with natural extracts are useful and do not use products with paraben and sulphates. Let the hair dry first before you comb them. Sharing your comb with anybody is not recommended. Use a wide-toothed comb to untangle your hair. Do it gently and don’t make harsh movements while combing.

The hair care products must suit you well. If the damage is noticeable even on normal days, apparently it will increase the quantum during the monsoon. It is normal to get tensed when you see a lot of hair falling around you on a day-to-day basis. If you face severe hair fall despite, or taking the necessary care, the hair fall is not decreasing, you can consult a trichologist or dermatologist at CARE Hospitals

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