Don't we all love dancing in the rain carelessly? This has probably been one of our favourite memories of childhood. But presently, when you're running late for the office, and it starts raining! It may sound like a nightmare. But what's worse is the aftermath of our hair.
During the monsoon season, the most common complaints are skin irritation, stinky feet, and itchy scalp. However, the reasons are exacerbated by damp weather, a lack of sunlight, increased fungal growth in the surrounding environment, and the sedimentation of pollutants present in the atmosphere on the scalp.
That said, let's get to the root of the problem and understand why the scalp gets so itchy during monsoon.
Dandruff: Damp weather encourages the growth of a fungus known as Malassezia, which causes dandruff. You can also try some home remedies to get rid of dandruff naturally.
Presence of lice: As gross as it sounds, parasitic conditions are defined as the presence of lice, lice eggs, and nits on the scalp. Sharing hair care tools, proximity to an affected person, and hair care neglect all contribute to such conditions during the monsoon.
Improper hair hygiene: Improper and infrequent hair washing and cleaning can also result in an itchy scalp. You also need to wash your hair thoroughly while massaging your scalp to eliminate the debris, and using a shampoo bar will surely be beneficial.
Now that we know why it happens, it is time to discuss doable solutions.
10 Solutions for Itchy Scalp During Monsoons
1. Avoid getting soaked in the rain
Rainwater contains nasty acids that are particularly harmful to our hair and scalp. Avoid getting soaked in the rain, and if you enjoy rain dance, take a few preventive measures, such as washing your hair immediately afterwards. It would be best if you also avoided the very first rain of the season because it is highly acidic.
2. Wash off all rainwater
If you accidentally get wet in the rain, the acid and dirt of the rainwater retained in your hair may cause a pH imbalance in your scalp, worsening the itchiness. This causes your sebaceous glands to produce an excess of sebum, causing your scalp to become greasy and filthy and fostering numerous infections to take root.
3. Don't leave your hair damp
You should know that dampness degrades hair quality, resulting in hair breakage and an itchy scalp. So, use a bath towel to dry your hair thoroughly. This is the time of year when hair loss increases fourfold. Keep your hair dry to avoid this.
4. Avoid using dry shampoo
Reduce the use of dry shampoo. However, using it regularly, especially during the monsoon season, may cause a chemical and debris accumulation on the scalp, blocking the hair follicles and causing root damage.
5. Conditioning is essential!
Remember to condition your scalp after every hair wash, especially during the rainy season. This softens and smoothes your hair, leaving it shiny and silky.
6. Remember to oil your hair
Don't forget to oil your hair regularly to keep it from itching. This old grandma hack is exactly what your hair needs to deeply nourish it while relieving you of the constant urge to scratch your scalp.
7. Avoid using heat styling tools
While overheating your hair with a hairdryer or straightener is terrible for your hair, it's much worse if you have an itchy scalp. That's why we recommend avoiding or limiting your use of heat styling tools this season. They strip moisture, leaving it dry and itchy.
8. Short hair for the season
Short hair is easier to manage and minimises the difficulty of maintaining them. Furthermore, trimming our hair's ends will help eliminate damaged or split ends, allowing our hair to grow faster. This will ensure that your scalp is healthier and cleaner, making it easy to maintain during the monsoon.
9. Use a hair mask periodically
To soothe your scalp, use a DIY hair mask periodically or choose hair care products that have turmeric and neem, as they are excellent options for treating fungal infections caused by humidity during the monsoon season.
Because neem and turmeric have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, they are excellent for treating infections.
10. Consume a well-balanced diet
While it is essential to pamper your hair with moisturising products from the outside, it is equally important to hydrate your body from within. To maintain healthy hair and scalp, drink at least 8-10 tall glasses of water daily and eat foods high in zinc, vitamins A and B, and omega-3 fatty acids.
We know that you've bought new rainy footwear, umbrellas, and raincoats to get monsoon ready, and with these hair care tips, you will be monsoon-ready from head to toe!