Here’s the ultimate expert-approved guide to hair care for the monsoons
People talk about a particular season as being the hardest on skin and hair. However, there is little to no truth in this. Each season comes with its own challenges – raising new threats to your skin and hair. While winters are known to boost the production of dandruff in the hair, summers increase sebum secretion. And monsoons are no different. Flat hair, grease, bacterial infections and other similar issues can be acute when it rains, which is why it becomes important to change the way you treat your hair – just to keep your mane healthy. Recently, we had the chance to interact with Kevin Murphy’s hairstylist and global hair expert, Wade Blackford, during the launch of the said brand at Jean Claude Biguine salons across India. With Wade’s expert advice, you can rest assured of healthy hair for months to come.
Why do you think the monsoon is perceived as a not-so-great season for hair?
It’s definitely the humidity; it’s really hard to manage. Especially when it comes to hair care. You make the wrong choice and it can ruin your day. You need to get good advice from good hairstylists and hair experts before buying hair care products – even more so if you’re specifically choosing products to deal with monsoon humidity. Kevin Murphy’s smoothing range is great for humidity – it contains biometric keratin. But, remember to make the right choice when it’s that time of year.
Flat, oily hair is becoming the main concern this season. What are some pro tips you would like to give our readers to combat this?
A common mistake people make is that as soon as they notice oil in their hair, they step into the shower to scrub their head. Now when you do this it irritates the scalp and therefore the scalp releases even more oil. (Your brain tells your scalp to release oil and soothe irritation). Be gentle, massage in shampoo, rinse well and condition thoroughly. The other thing you can do is to massage your head about half an hour before the hair shower, which will release oil on the outer surface and make it easier to clean the scalp. You can also choose clarifying hair care products.
Apart from looks, monsoons also provide a perfect case for an unhealthy scalp and mane. What are the potential risks/concerns in your view? And, how can we prevent them?
At Kevin Murphy, our approach is different – we place great importance on the beauty and health of the scalp; our products are like a skincare regimen for your hair. Even the Scalp Spa line doesn’t work directly on oil or dryness; it balances the overall health of the scalp. And, ideally, a healthy scalp is neither too oily nor too dry. So invest in your overall scalp health instead of specific targeted products.
I want to wash my hair almost every day but many advise against it. What is your opinion on that? And, if someone washes their hair every day, are there checkpoints?
I think you can actually wash your hair every day, there’s nothing wrong with that. The only catch – you have to be careful about the (products) you use. You don’t want to use something that cleans the hair too much; our Balancing Wash, for example, is designed for everyday use. The other thing you can do is invest in a co-wash – which basically refers to a cleansing cream, which gently cleanses your scalp and hair, while also softening your strands. We believe in the concept of skin care for your hair, and therefore, a product like this (co-wash) does the job perfectly.
Do you need to make any adjustments to your hair washing ritual for the monsoons?
It is important to find the formula and the frequency that suits you. For some, they could continue with the same hair care routine throughout the year; for others they might need to make seasonal changes – it’s very subjective.
You are a hairstylist. Please suggest any practical hairstyles that also work for second and third day hair?
Well, you can’t go wrong with the classic ponytail or the messy bun. But I think what can work really well are braids because that way you also get curly and wavy hair the next day.
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