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Monsoons never fail to bring us joy - thanks to the breezy showers to the piping hot bajjis and the lush greenery. But, it also comes with loads of scalp infections and hair problems, right?

We are here to help you escape the pain point, with the help of Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix. Find out natural and essential hair care tips you need for the rainy season.

Why Does Hair Fall Occur In Monsoon?

As per Ayurveda, your health is dependent upon the equilibrium status of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas, the three vital energies that govern all your bodily functionalities. Hair and scalp related problems arise when any of these three energies are imbalanced.

‘’The spike in humidity in the atmosphere hampers the movement of Vayu (air) throughout your body, resulting in the accumulation of Vata. The cool weather conditions of monsoon potentiate it more. Simultaneously, as Pitta governs the water component in your body, monsoons cause a mild increase in your Pitta levels too. This imbalance in Vata and Pitta disrupts Kapha levels, which leads to different disorders on your scalp during monsoons,’’ says Dr. Zeel.

Oily scalp with greasy hair, severe dandruff, and itchiness are the most common hair problems you can experience during monsoon. If not taken care of immediately, the aggravated Kapha eventually leads to different microbial infections that may cause weakening of hair roots and severe hair loss with patchy scalp conditions.

However, you can effectively treat and prevent these hair and scalp problems during monsoons with the help of the following Ayurvedic hair care tips.

How To Take Care Of Hair In Monsoon?

1. Apply Oil Twice Weekly

Choose the right Ayurvedic hair oil based on your Ayurvedic Prakriti and ensure you massage your scalp and hair with warm oil at least twice a week. This enhances blood circulation to your hair follicles, which boosts nourishment to your hair internally. Oiling also keeps your hair away from the unruliness and frizziness in monsoons by deep-conditioning your hair naturally.

Hair oils with Ayurvedic ingredients like neem [1], tea-tree, aloe vera [2], etc. have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which help you fight from different scalp infections in the rainy season while they strengthen your hair roots.

Also, herbs like amla, brahmi, bhringraj in Ayurvedic hair oils nourish your scalp. They impart a soothing effect to your hair roots while promoting healthy hair-regrowth. These natural herbs play an essential role in bringing back balance to your deranged dosha levels.

2. Washing Your Hair After Rain Is Compulsory

When you get drenched in rain, the rainwater's acidity trapped in your hair may cause an imbalance in your scalp pH, aggravating Kapha dosha. This pushes your sebaceous glands to secrete excessive sebum, which makes your scalp oily and greasy while inviting various pathogens to feed on. Hence, make it mandatory to wash your hair thoroughly using an Ayurvedic shampoo after your hair comes in contact with rainwater.

woman washing hair

3. Use Chemical-Free Shampoo And Conditioner

Chemical-free shampoos and conditioners [3] are highly recommended to save your scalp and hair from unwanted chemical deposits. In addition to the monsoon woes, harsh chemicals used in hair products such as sulfates and parabens worsen your hair damage, especially affecting the delicate roots.

It is always best to opt for natural and Ayurvedic herbal shampoos and conditioners which strengthen your hair follicles during monsoons. They keep your hair clear of greasiness, dandruff, and other microbial infections.

Hibiscus [4], aloe vera, shikakai, reeta, triphala, amla, etc. are some of the powerful natural herbs you can use for hair wash. Besides repairing the damaged scalp and hair tissues, these natural hair cleansers are highly effective in imparting a naturally smooth and shiny texture.

4. DIY Natural Hair Packs

Here are some highly promising Ayurvedic hair packs for monsoons that you can make at home with natural ingredients:

a. Mix curry leaves, soaked fenugreek seeds, tulsi leaves, and green gram in equal proportions. Grind all the ingredients into a fine paste and apply it across your scalp and hair. Leave it for about 30 minutes before washing it off with normal water.

b. Make a fine paste by blending hibiscus leaves, mint leaves, and a few tsp of lime juice. Apply this from roots to the tips of your hair thoroughly and wash it off after 30 minutes using an Ayurvedic shampoo.

c. Soak 3-5 tsp of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind them the next morning into a thick and fine paste. Apply this pack thoroughly to your scalp and hair. Wash it thoroughly with normal water after 30-40 minutes.

5. Keep Your Hair Dry

It is necessary to keep your scalp and hair dry during monsoons. Remember that your hair is weakest when it is in wet condition. Use required accessories such as umbrellas, caps, or scarfs if you are traveling during monsoons.

If your hair is wet, do not tie it and let your loose hair get air-dried naturally as soon as possible. Later, you can take a thorough shower to clean off the accumulated rain residues with Ayurvedic hair cleansers.

6. Eat Balanced Diet

You may crave for hot, oily and crispy foods in chilling weather during monsoons. But, these foods will only intensify your hair and scalp problems. During monsoons, to keep your doshas in a balanced state, it is important to stay away from junk.

Consider a fresh and healthy diet [5] that is rich in vitamins-A, B, C, D, E, K, proteins, and minerals like iron, zinc, etc. while you can choose the foods based on your Ayurveda Prakriti. Try including salads, flax seeds, leafy greens, sprouts, and seasonal vegetables and fruits in your diet regularly. Also, consume adequate water in a day to keep yourself hydrated.

healthy vegetarian diet

How Much Hair Fall Is Normal In The Rainy Season?

In normal conditions, when your doshas are in harmony, you may notice around 50-100 strands of hair falling out as part of your natural hair growth cycle. During monsoons, the derangement of doshas can lead to shedding of 200 hair strands in a day, which indicates you are experiencing abnormal and severe hair fall.

  • Famous hairstylist Amjad Habib said that hair fall increases by almost 30% during the monsoon season.

The Last Word

It is quite natural for seasonal changes to take a toll on your hair. But, if taken care of properly with the right Ayurvedic formulations and regimen, you can protect your hair while maintaining your Ayurvedic doshas in balance.

At Vedix, we customize the Ayurvedic hair care regimen based on your hair needs by understanding your current dosha levels.

Know Your Dosha Now