Hair fall during the monsoons. What do studies say?
Say “Aye!” if you’ve noticed more than usual hair fall during the monsoons.
Rains ruining your style? Well, what if we tell you that it’s doing more than just that? Rainwater is acidic, which means it erodes our hair of its nutrients. With the rains pouring in, a fixed hair care schedule should be first on our to-do lists. Well then, we’re here to help you fix your hair.
So, why is there a spike in hair fall during the monsoons?
Studies have shown multiple reasons.
Seasonal hair fall can be traced back to evolution. Yes, that’s right! This study says you can blame all your ancestors for your hair problems.
Humans needed to develop a full head of hair to adapt to the winters and summers. While a head of hair creates thermal insulation and keeps the scalp warm during the winters, it also protects the scalp from the scorching sun through the summers.
The evolutionary theory might be a little over-the-top to be true. But other studies have shown that humidity during the monsoons leads to increased hair fall.
The monsoons bring a humid climate with them that causes sweat. The same humid weather prevents sweat from evaporating, leaving the scalp sticky. Dust and hair products accumulate on the scalp speeding hair fall.
Are you looking for a solution to the sweat-sticky-oily cycle? Enter, The Minus one rule- Once the scalp becomes sticky, it attracts dirt, making the scalp oily and itchy. The solution is to wash your hair before this cycle sets in, before the signs of stickiness show up.
The hair follicles absorb the moisture in the air, causing them to swell and turn brittle and frizzy. Frizzy hair is prone to easy breakage. Use the Teotema Anti-Frizz serum to tame that frizz.
If you love going out in the rain, it’s time you thought twice.
Rainwater is acidic and reacts with the scalp when it comes in contact. Changes in the acidic nature of the scalp can cause hair fall. The higher the acidic nature of the water, more significant the change in pH levels, in turn, the oiliness of the scalp.
Now, it’s understandable that you can’t avoid rainwater at all times. But it is essential to take as many precautions as possible. Shampoo your hair right after exposure to rainwater. This can help reduce the acidic levels of the scalp.
Practices for everyday haircare
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your scalp moisturized and free from frizz and breakage during the monsoons-
- Heated oil massage to the scalp helps keep the scalp moisturized.
- Wash your hair regularly to avoid any residual acidic rainwater from reacting with your scalp.
- Less shampoo and more conditioner to prevent any breakage.
- Avoid combing your hair when wet since wet hair is more prone to breakage.
- Use scarves, caps, and hats to protect your hair from the rains.
The scalp endures much more during the monsoons than it does all year. Hence, a dedicated haircare regime is vital for the rainy season. Dermatologists also recommend a yearly salon treatment during the monsoons to help strengthen the hair from the roots to the ends.