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June to September is ideally the monsoon season in India which also signifies a period of relatively high humidity. And high humidity equates to lot of frizz so your monsoon Haircare routine should ideally be targeting at reducing frizz and dryness. Now if you’re wondering what’s frizz – it occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. As a result, your hair appears dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined. In general, curly hair tends to have more frizz than straight hair because of dehydration in the strands, which leaves it more vulnerable to frizzing.
Let’s get started now.
1.AVOID CERTAIN INGREDIENTS
Certain ingredients in your haircare products might accentuate dryness so it is advisable to avoid them during the season ( this is the core of Curly Girl Method about which you can read here)
✔️ Sulphates : Most common ingredient in clarifying shampoos that give the rich lather. Alternatively, it is also stripping off moisture ahd natural oils from hair and scalp and aggravate dryness.
✔️ Silicones : Not all but water insoluble silicones are the culprits here. These are commonly found in conditioners, hair serums etc. It creates a false membrane around the hair shaft, which makes the hair appear soft and smooth – in that it creates a false membrane around the hair shaft, it is difficult for nourishing products to penetrate and thus the hair is not healthy ‘ inside ‘ , only outwardly, and can result in lack of moisture, breakage etc. They also lead to product build-up and over time makes hair frizzier, look limp and lifeless. (however PEG 8 and above modified silicones are safe to use as they’re water soluble)
✔️ waxes and mineral oils : By itself, styling wax doesn’t have any particularly negative effects, but it can cause some problems if not handled correctly. These are extremely heavy on the hair and would require clarifying (sulphate) shampoo to get washed off completely. This isn’t advisable as it’ll increase dryness. They cannot be washed off with just water or cg friendly shampoos and will cause product buildup on scalp leading to unhealthy scalp environment.
✔️ Drying alcohols : Not all alcohols are bad for frizzy hair but Short-chain alcohols are often used in some hair products for their drying effect. They evaporate quickly which may be helpful in some regard, but that drying can take away the moisture that your hair need. These small-chain alcohols are small enough to penetrate the hair shaft and are often the culprit for frizz.
✔️ Glycerine : It is skin and hair care products because of it’s softening, conditioning and moisture-retaining properties. Being a humectant, If the climate is very hot and humid, glycerine will absorb a lot of moisture from the air and cause the hair to swell, raising the cuticle and creating coarse, frizzy hair.
2. PRE – POO / OILING :
Pre poo is a conditioning treatment used on your hair before shampooing, hints the term Pre Poo. This process helps protect your natural hair from the shampooing process, and not strip any moisture and your hair of its natural oils.Leaving the conditioner or oil on for a short period of time or over night, will help soften the hair and makes the detangling process easier with less hair breakage. Using an oil or light conditioner prior to shampooing will not only help soften the hair, but will improve manageability too. A pre poo treatment can add extra moisture by creating a shield like barrier to prevent moisture loss while shampooing. This can be benefiting to your hair strands as it helps restore moisture to the hair and scalp.
3. DEEP CONDITIONING :
Deep conditioning is a vital step in protecting and restoring the integrity of your hair. A regular conditioner is just applied for a few minutes before washing off and will form a thin coating on the exterior of the hair shaft. . On the other hand, a deep conditioning treatment will penetrate deep into the hair shaft to moisturize the hair follicle and repair any damage. A regular hair conditioner will be left on the surface of the hair for only a few minutes, which gives it less time to penetrate the hair shaft, while a deep conditioning treatment may be left on anywhere from ten minutes to overnight to allow optimum effectiveness. A DC is particularly targeted at reducing dryness and frizz of hair in the long term.
There are 2 types of Deep Conditioners –
a) Moisture-based deep conditioning treatments are designed to help restore moisture to the hair follicles to make the hair appear smoother, less frizzy, and shinier.
b) Protein-based deep conditioning treatments are formulated to boost the strength of the hair follicles by increasing their elasticity and thereby reducing the amount of breakage.(using too much protein with too less moisture can increase dryness)
4. THE HEAT TREATMENT
Deep conditioning with heat can infuse moisture and nutrients in a way that a conditioner alone cannot do.If you don’t have a heat cap, just wrap a towel dipped in warm water around your hair or simply put on a shower cap, after applying the deep conditioner.
The outer layer of the hair shaft, which is called the cuticle, is naturally closed. This means the treatment is almost exclusively working on the surface of the hair shaft. When heat is applied during your treatment, the hair cuticle opens allowing the beneficial ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft, providing nourishment from the inside out. Similar to how heat opens the pores of our skin, heat applied to our hair lifts the cuticle which allows the treatment to penetrate the hair, maximising the benefits of your hair mask, deep conditioner, or hot oil treatment.
5. AVOID DRY COMBINING OF HAIR.
Combing as such is considered beneficial for hair as it activates the sebaceous gland, which produces sebum (scalp’s natural oil). Along with keeping the scalp and hair moisturized, sebum coats the scalp surface and work to create the right pH balance, which is very important for healthy scalp. And healthy scalp equals healthy hair. However, if you comb the dry and unprotected hair (as the natural oils are stripped away with frequent washing) too many times you can strip your hair’s cuticle, which is the outer layer consisting of many layer of shingles, leading to breakage and dull looking hair. Using a WIDE – TOOTHED COMB or a brush that’s labeled specifically for detangling hair can be used when the hair is wet /oiled. Tools geared for wet hair typically have flexible bristles that won’t break or tug wet strands. Also, before reaching for your brush, detangle and smooth your hair with your fingers. That method is gentler than immediately using a comb and may help you avoid damaging your hair
6.WASHING HAIR WITH COLD WATER :Waves and Curls need moisture, and using hot water sucks the moisture right out of your strands. It’s best to use warm water when you’re in the shower. Before you get out, do a rinse with cold water to prevent frizz.
7.HAIR DRYING METHODS
If you’re coming out of the shower, don’t rub your hair with your towel — just wrap your hair in a T-shirt or soft cotton rag and squeeze out the excess water. While some people can use a regular terry cloth towel and experience no issues, for those of us with naturally wavy and curly hair terry cloth is known to draw too much moisture out of our hair too quickly. The abrasive loops cause our curl clumps to deform and cause frizz. Drying your hair with a microfiber towel will be a faster process than with a cotton towel. After wrapping your hair in a MICROFIBER TOWEL for around 30 minutes, it will be almost totally dry.Another benefit is the lack of friction caused. With no need to rub the hair to extract the water, less strain and friction is imposed on your hairs, leading to less breakage over time. This also helps microfiber to reduce the frizziness you may see with standard towel-dried hair, requiring less anti-frizz product.As microfiber lasts longer than cotton, these towels provide better value for money, withstanding up to around 500 washes.Last but by no means least, microfiber towels leave no little balls of fluff or lint in the hair.
Als, Don’t keep touching your hair while it is drying. Doing this will increase frizz and causes the hair to loose thr smooth texture
8 .WHEN USING A HAIR DRYER
The best way to dry your hair is air drying however we are all used to rushing out in the last minute after getting the work done quickly by a hair dryer, probably at the highest of temperatures. When your hair is wet, it’s in its most fragile state.Adding heat can lead to damage and breakage if you don’t dry carefully (with a dryer set to a safe temperature, applying the right amount of tension as you dry).
This is where a DIFFUSER comes to play. A diffuser is a blowdryer attachment that minimizes a lot of the frizz that comes otherwise. Although the drying process is slower a diffuser set at a lower temperature and speed willl help define your natural hair texture.
9. ALL THINGS SILK & SATIN : There are certain products that you can include in your daily routine like satin pillow cases, silk Scrunchies, satin bonkers and so on. Wondering why? You need to check this out right now : https://www.leotalesblog.com/satin-and-silk-for-skin-and-hair-explained/
10. SWITCH TO A HEALTHY DIET
Go easy on junk food as it leads to hair thinning. Cut down on caffeine because it dehydrates and causes hair fall. Add fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, wholegrains and protein-rich foods to your plate to tackle hair fall in the rainy season. Most importantly, drink at least 8-12 glasses of water during the course of the day
These are more or less foolproof ways to control drying and frizz of your hair especially in high humidity monsoon season. Even otherwise, following these tips will help you maintain your hair healthy and shiny throughout the year.