Hair Care Tips For The Monsoon Season

Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

7 min read


Humidity during the monsoon can make your scalp oily and hair frizzy. It robs your hair off its moisture, resulting in dull hair, dandruff, and even hair fall. Follow these simple & natural tips to target these monsoon-related hair issues.

Key Takeaways

  • The arrival of monsoon breathes life all around but also ushers in health issues, including affecting your golden locks
  • This change in season can make your hair dry and even cause hair-fall
  • However, you can prevent damage to your locks with utmost care

Monsoon ushers freshness into our life after braving the long summer months of scorching heat, sultry uneasiness, and arid surroundings. But, howsoever lyrical and adorable the pitter patter of rainfall by the window is, you can hardly ignore the havoc it wreaks on your lovely crop of hair. Suddenly frizz and excessive hair fall during monsoon rob your curls of luster. How every step in the rain drops a few hair strands, and what you must do to manage it? So, here’s the guide to understanding the pitfalls of monsoon frizz and hair care tips for the monsoon to help control them at home.  

Monsoon Hair Care Tips  for Hair Problem

1. Oily hair:   

Get rid of the excess oil and dirt using a light gel-based shampoo. Then, round off with a light conditioner and serum to prevent greasy hair from becoming sticky. 

2. Itchy Scalp:

Monsoon season encourages the deposition of oil, dirt, and dead cells on your scalp, turning it itchy. Regular washing with antibacterial and antifungal shampoo keeps your hair and scalp clean. In addition, use a hair mask matching your hair type.  

3. Dandruff:

Warm oil massage with organic hair oil keeps your scalp free from deposits around the hair roots. In addition, an anti-dandruff shampoo provides relief from stubborn fungal infestation.  

4. Frizzy Hair:  

Avoid your hair getting wet in the rain. Moreover, shun abrasive chemical treatments during the monsoon months. On the other hand, a beneficial hair mask, herbal shampoo, and leave-in conditioner control frizz and damage to your hair during the monsoon.  

Hair Care Tips For Monsoon

Reasons for Hair Fall During Monsoon

Losing about 50 to 100 hair strands in a day is normal, unlike the rainy season, which causes it to rise to 250 or more. The primary reason is the high amounts of moisture in the monsoon air. It traps dirt and grime on your scalp and hair shafts, weakening the follicles, resulting in the excessive hair fall during monsoon. In addition, humidity in the air inhibits quick drying resulting in dull and listless hair. So, let us dig deeper and understand the leading causes of dry and “frizzy” hair before exploring the tips for healthy hair.

1. Enhanced Humidity:

The moisture content in the monsoon air is high, making the environment humid. Consequently, hair absorbs hydrogen and swells. Moreover, the hair turns brittle and frizzy, prone to breakage. Therefore, only a suitable hair care routine in monsoon can thwart the seasonal humidity and restore your hair’s radiance.

2. Dryness and Dandruff:

The humid monsoon air is responsible for your hair’s dryness and weakened roots by stripping your scalp of natural oils. In addition, the damp scalp and deposits surrounding the hair roots are the perfect breeding ground for pathogens. As a result, bacterial and fungal infections thrive, causing dryness and dandruff to aggravate your hair fall during monsoon. In addition, the dandruff-causing Malassezia fungus flourishes in humid weather and worsens your locks.

3. Rainwater Pollution:

You cannot prevent raindrops on your head during the long monsoon months. The falling raindrops collect pollutants and acids, causing your hair roots to weaken. Moreover, the polluted rainwater encourages pathogenic scalp infestation leading to itchy and flaky patches. In addition, lice breed during the rainy season, causing discomfort while impacting your hair’s health.

Control Hair Loss During Monsoon Season

Notwithstanding the monsoon’s role in sustaining creation, the sticky humid climate damages your hair’s golden sheen and volume. However, you can prevent damage to your locks with utmost care. Accordingly, several hair care tips make your life easier while keeping your lush curls glowing, despite the onslaught of the monsoon season. So, here goes the list.  

1. Rainwater Protection:

There is no way to avoid some raindrops on the head. However, protection hair care tips are as straightforward as possible. If you cannot prevent your hair from drenching, rinse the rainwater out and dry your hair well. A microfiber towel is handy for its quick absorption property with minimal friction decreasing hair loss.

2. Oil Preconditioning:

Apply coconut oil 15 minutes before shampooing for greasy hair. The preconditioning with the oil lessens the water-soaking capacity of your hair during a thorough wash. In addition, the oil bath deals with your scalp problems restoring the hair’s original patina.

3. Ensure a Healthy Diet:

Your hair health depends significantly on your diet. Therefore, the nutrition from your diet determines your hair quality. Apart from the hair care routine in monsoon, ensure protein-rich foods like eggs, dairy products, walnuts, whole grains, and green vegetables in your diet. In addition, consume nuts, berries, spinach, and sweet potatoes for copious hair growth. A regular diet with such food provides shine and bounce to your hair, despite the stickiness in the monsoon air.

4. Comb Care:

Regular combing is essential to detangle your hair for healthy growth. However, it pays to remember a few cardinal combing hair care tips. For example, use wide-toothed combs with enough space to prevent hair breakage, but not when it is wet as it is the weakest. In addition, comb hygiene and not sharing them prevents frequent fungal and scalp infections.

5. Beware of Dandruff:

Fungal infestation is very stubborn and one of the primary causes of hair loss during monsoon, other than presenting an ugly sight. Therefore, you must get rid of dandruff with the help of a dermatologist, even with an online appointment, to ensure your hair looks clean and vigorous. In addition, you can also try out a few natural ways to make your hair dandruff-free.

6. Hair Wash and Nourishment:

The monsoon months are the worst for hair maintenance until you adopt the perfect tips for healthy hair. Use a shampoo and conditioner matching your hair type to keep your mane manageable. The conditioner gives your hair added volume and bounces while keeping the shine longer. Finish off with a serum application on the damp hair to protect it from frizz and roughness.

7. Hair Maintenance:

Keeping short hair prevents many rainy season woes. You can adopt a simple hair care routine in monsoon for short hair to avoid breakage and to reduce the hassle of elaborate maintenance.

 8. Hairdo for the Outdoor:

The monsoon season is tricky when stepping outside as it starts pouring when least expected. Since you cannot avoid getting drenched, tying your hair in a bun or a ponytail when stepping outside saves you from rainwater resulting in dry and frizzy hair. Moreover, you can avoid bacterial infestation and additional scalp problems with rainwater settling in your hair frequently.

 9. Hairstyling Caution:

The best hair care tips for monsoon are awareness about your hair type. If it is dry and brittle, steer clear of coloring your hair during the rainy season. Coloring and styling your hair exposes it to heat, chemicals, and other highlighting treatments to make it drier and lifeless. However, a lot depends on what hair care tips you adopt, post styling and coloring.

While the above hair care tips can keep the monsoon blues at bay, you must know the solutions to different rainy season issues. Enjoying endless cups of tea by the window as it rains cats and dogs outside yet keeping your hair safe, healthy, and glossy are sure stress-beaters. So, here is a compilation of the answers to doubts lurking in your mind. 

Simple DIY Hair Masks to Apply During Monsoon

You can keep your goldilocks healthy and shining this monsoon season using the three DIY masks and tips for healthy hair in the list below: 

1. Fenugreek and Lemon:

Mix fresh lemon juice with fenugreek powder and leave the mask on your hair for half an hour. While fenugreek has anti-inflammatory and anti-dandruff properties, lemon is rich in vitamin C and limonoids, killing germs. Finally, wash your hair with a mild herbal shampoo.  

2. Neem and Turmeric:

Prepare a smooth paste with crushed neem leaves and turmeric roots. Gently massage the paste to your scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Finally, rinse your hair with a gentle shampoo and apply a conditioner. The mask is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds. Thus, it fights germs and prevents dandruff and the itchiness of the scalp.   

3. Aloe Vera and Yoghurt:

Mix a tablespoon of fresh Aloe Vera gel and Yoghurt. Apply the mask to your scalp and leave it to dry. Then, wash it off with a gentle shampoo. Aloe Vera gel has soothing properties in treating the itchy, inflamed scalp, while the lactic acid in Yoghurt exfoliates the scalp of dirt and debris from hair roots. Thus, the mask adds shine and bounce to your locks.  

Wrapping up: 

Monsoon is the antidote to the scorching summer months when flora and fauna spring to life in all their glory. However, the excess moisture adversely impacts your health, especially your hair. Therefore, you need to take extra care and follow a few simple hair care tips to fight concerns like dandruff, greasy hair, and dry and frizzy hair, to name a few. Thus, keeping the hair scrupulously clean, eating a nutritious diet, and applying suitable hair masks is the recipe for happy hair during this monsoon season.

Published on 18 Jul 2022Last updated on 13 Apr 2023

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) , MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy 3

Dr Amit Guna Is A Consultant Physiotherapist, Yoga Educator , Fitness Trainer, Health Psychologist. Based In Vadodara. He Has Excellent Communication And Patient Handling Skills In Neurological As Well As Orthopedic Cases.


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