There was time, when I often wondered, why poets are so much in love with Monsoon?
What is the hidden romanticism in a season like a monsoon these days if you live in metros? I mean, why a normal person like us should like waterlogged lanes, muddy feet, struggle with umbrella and being drenched like a duck on the muddy, waterlogged, polluted streets?
The unpredictability of the weather, lack of sunshine and many such difficulties arrive with a monsoon. Do we have time now to lie down and have few more cups of coffee in a busy office day?
Old monsoon days were different. There were lush greeneries all around those days. Kids had time to play with paper boats on ponds. Hilsa were the staple food on top of smoky rice in my childhood. Then I grew up in this concrete jungle. Yes at times I become nostalgic in this grey monsoon in the this City of Joy. Dark lanes, yellow windows, or at times a vacant seat by me in the bus, takes me back to my roots in fleeting times. Being a mother, I am often reminded of these lines by Keats:
“To one who has been long in city pent,
‘Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,—to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.”
–To One Who Has Been Long In City Pent, John Keats
Monsoon is the time when all women should take care of themselves properly. It’s the season for hair fall. Play with the melody of monsoon but let not the raindrops play menace with your hair.
Our hair is unusually sensitive to monsoon rain and humidity. In this weather, our hair absorbs more water that makes them frizzy. But, we can take care of our hair by doing some simple and small everyday things, which we otherwise ignore.
How to take care of your hair this Monsoon?
Hair care Tip #1 If your hair gets drenched in rain have a proper shower:
While you may have the urge to get your hair wet in a drizzle, remember that rainwater is dirty and acidic, which is really bad for your hair. So, keep hair dry unless you’re caught in a torrential downpour. During the monsoon since humidity is high, it makes the scalp wet. So make your scalp dry. Have a proper shower if you get wet. Use umbrellas or caps in the rains.
Hair care Tip #2 Use mild shampoos at least twice a week:
Use a mild yet deep cleansing shampoo to remove any residue on your scalp left behind by rainwater. It is easy to get frizzy, undernourished hair during monsoon and hence using a good shampoo goes a long way in nourishing your tresses and preventing fungal or bacterial infections. And always shampoo from root to tip.
During monsoons, only using shampoo is not enough, you also need to go ahead with the proper conditioning of your hair.
You can either use some home remedies such as the application of egg yolk or that of curd in order to condition your hair or get some effective conditioner from the market.
Since hair becomes too much fizzy during this season, using conditioner is a must.
Hair care Tip #3 Oil massage of your hair from time to time:
Nothing’s as good for your hair during the monsoon as a good old hair oil massage. It naturally boosts the moisture in your hair which revitalizes dry strands. What’s more, it offers deep conditioning too.
Oil your hair but massage gently to avoid breakage. Once or twice a week is good for nourishment, but doing it more often is not recommended, as your scalp is already oily due to the weather.
Hair care Tip #4 Pick the right comb:
A wide-toothed comb is hands down, your best bet in the rains. Not only does it help in detangling your tresses but it also serves as a good conditioning comb.
When you are using a comb, make sure that the teeth of the comb have enough space in between so that the hair stands does not break.
Hair care Tip #5 Have a holistic diet:
One should also concentrate on the diet when they wish to keep their hair healthy during the monsoons.
You should consume enough protein during monsoons not only to keep yourself healthy and sound but to also provide a wonderful boost to your hair growth and retention of hair volume with low hair fall.
Some food items which you may consider are nuts, green veggies, carrot, fish, kidney beans, eggs etc.