Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Right after the excruciating summer heat, the fascinating weather and refreshing rain of monsoon season may feel incredible to our heart and soul, but not so much for our hair. That is because the rainy season tends to weaken our hair follicles, leading as the major reason for increased hair fall in monsoon compared to the other seasons. The humid atmosphere that haunts our environment contains a big percentage of hydrogen. The chemical structure of our hair is generally very sensitive to hydrogen; hence, its absorption in the hair makes it frizzy, fragile, naturally leading to hair fall in monsoon season.

Monsoon not only makes your hair fragile, but also damages it from the very depth, forming it to look and feel unhealthy and irritating. Hair fall in monsoon may sound as a very simple problem that will be easily recovered, but did you know, falling of more than 50-100 strands is not natural, rather it can mean your hair health is declining due to the harm? Exactly, many of us do take care of our skin, but when it comes to the health of our hair, it’s a big na-da! Our hair health is just as important as our skin.

So what if we told you that there is a way to prevent or cure your hair and scalp health from the monsoon destruction? You have read it right. We have curated a very simple yet effective blog that will further help you in managing those hair triumphs in the monsoon weather! So let us dive into fist understanding hair fall in monsoon and its causes, effects and so on. Keep reading to find out the secret to glorious hair even in the rain shower.

Understanding Hair Fall in Monsoon

Before we start with the tips and methods to prevent hair damage and hair fall in monsoon, let us first understand the primary factors that cause it. After all, you will be able to prevent the damage only when you are aware of its cause. 

Generally, the humidity in the air makes our scalp lose its natural oils, powerful nutrients that strengthen our hair roots, and so on, which leads to roots to lose their natural strength and weaken in the process. During the monsoon season, on one side, the humidity level increases due to climate, which is absorbed by the hair follicles, while on the other side, our hair absorbs the rainwater. That combined, excessive amount of moisture weakens the hair follicles, thus leading to hair fall in monsoon.

As we mentioned earlier in this blog, it is very important that our hair health is taken care of just like we take care of our body and skin. Our hair acts as a protector for our scalp skin and head, and not taking care of it can lead to serious damage to those vital parts. That is why we urge you to follow some simply formulated methods we will list below as an action to protect your hair and prevent hair fall in monsoon.

Seasonal Hair Care Routine

Our hair tends to have different needs every new season, and the best way to care for it and fulfil that need is by developing a personalised hair care routine according to the ongoing season. Always remember your regular hair care products might not work during monsoon season, so go an extra mile to take care of your hair. The first step to customising your hair care process is by understanding what happens to your hair more during monsoon. The issues can range from extreme dandruff, scalp fungal infection, frizz, itchy scalp, and hair fall. Find out what additions in your hair care routine can stop hair fall in the monsoon.

Generally it is important to cleanse your hair roots deeply, at least twice a week with the use of a hydrating and chemical free shampoo, and it is no different for monsoon. The primary reason for the above-mentioned problems is unclean scalp. Hence cleansing is the key to keep your scalp and hair clean in order to maintain its health. Make sure the cleansing and conditioning ratio is correct to avoid taking away your hair’s natural oils and nutrients.

Another addition, rather a deduction, can help avoid hair fall in the monsoon. And that is heat styling. Lessen the usage of heat styling on your hair to save it from getting brittle. If in any occasion or circumstance, heat styling is a mandatory, be sure to use a good heat protective spray or serum to avoid heat damage. 

These few general and simple tips and tricks can better your hair health and keep it intact during the harsh monsoons. But just using the correct products will not completely save you from hair fall in monsoon, there are also dietary factors that work in this process.

Nourishing Your Hair from Within

One of the key ingredients that will help you protect your hair from hair fall in monsoon is the nutrients you eat aside the nutrients you apply. What you eat is the seed you are sowing for your hair health. That is why it is important to eat foods that are packed with whole nutrients that nourishes your cells and strengthen them from within. A good, nourishing diet will solidify your chances of stronger hair. 

Vibrant hair comes from food that are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, and listed below are some of the must have foods to reduce your chance of hair fall in monsoon:

  • Eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables [Spinach,etc.]
  • Citrus fruits rich in Vit-C
  • Nuts 
  • Carrots
  • Fish
  • Chia and flax seeds
  • Whole grains

These ingredients will do wonders in your journey of hair care.

Protecting Your Hair from Humidity

The main source of hair fall in monsoon comes from the humidity in the air. While we cannot possibly control our climate and weather, we definitely can prevent it from harming our hair. The best way to protect your hair from humidity is by using an anti-frizz spray or an anti-humidity spray. But apart from that, here are some steps that can help you maintain your hair even in humid weather conditions:

  • Apply hairspray before going out
  • Add essential oils in your routine
  • Avoid drying your hair with heating tools [rather use the tool on a cold setting if available]
  • Buy hydrating and anti-frizz shampoo, conditioner and serum
  • Try to pin or clip up your entire hair instead of leaving it open

A few steps can go a long way, and these actions will help you fight against hair fall in monsoon.

Keeping Scalp Health in Check

The weather conditions can cause more than just hair fall in monsoon. It can harm your scalp health too, causing fungal infections, dandruff and even itchy irritation. Such infections can damage your hair condition, and gradually increase hair fall. The reason behind such scalp infections and problems comes from the dampness in the hair and clogged pores. But with some simple changes in your hair routine, you can prevent it from happening. Those are as follows: 

  • Wash your hair regularly with an anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Deep condition your hair after shampooing
  • Comb your hair when it dries out [ combing your hair when it is wet can cause more hair fall because wet hair roots are fragile]
  • Maintain a proper diet
  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration
  • And lastly, fulfil your adequate sleep of 8 hours. 

Protecting Hair from Rainwater

Mere humidity is not the only reason behind hair fall in monsoon, wetting your hair in rainwater can affect your hair health just as much. Wet hair simply has more fragile roots than dry, hence hair breakage and loss becomes easier. Following are some steps that will help you protect your hair from rainwater:

  • Avoid brushing your hair while it is still wet
  • Use hairspray on rainy days, for it creates a barrier of protection to hold your hair, this avoids rainwater from penetrating.
  • Wear your hair in protective styles such as braids or clip up.
  • Wear a rain bonnet.

The tips may sound simple but its power of saving your hair from hair fall in monsoon is undoubtedly great. 

Avoiding Excessive Heat Styling

Heat styling with any heat protection generally makes your hair brittle and rough, with additional split ends. Moreover styling on damp hair can cause it to burn out the water, hence leaving your hair looking and feeling unhealthy. But if you can style your hair, then what can you do with it? On rainy days, you can always put it in simple, protective styles such as braids, clutches, bun,etc. These hairstyles will not only protect your hair from the climate outside but also from the harm of heat styling. 

Managing Dandruff and Fungal Infections

The problem might sound very vital, and it is so, but did you know simple home remedies can be the solution to hair fall in monsoon? Listed below are a few home methods you could try out for managing your scalp:

  1. Mix a small portion of apple cider vinegar with water and massage it on your scalp after shampooing to reduce dandruff.
  2. Use castor oil to get rid of the fungal-causing bacteria.
  3. Rinse your hair with lemon water to treat scalp itches and infections.
  4. Use coconut oil to reduce dandruff, scalp infections and grow healthier hair.
  5. Massage your scalp with tea tree essential oil to rid the effects of fungi. 

These are ingredients easily available in your home pantry , that can create magic1

[NOTE- If you face any negative reaction such as swelling, irritation, breakouts, etc. do not continue the process.]

Minimising Hair Breakage

In the previous points we have come across how hair breakage is cause, let us now find out how to prevent it:

  • Use a chemical-free, anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Avoid too much oiling
  • Protect your hair from rainwater
  • Wear protective and minimal hairstyles
  • Avoid heat styling
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Hydrate yourself from within with water

These simple techniques can save you from the harsh rainy days as well as keep your hair healthy all the time.

DIY Hair Masks for Monsoon

You don’t always need market-bought hair products to take care of it, simple and safe homemade DIY hair masks can do the job too! Read below to find out simple ingredients as hair masks that can prevent hair fall in monsoon:

  1. Applying just curd to your hair can help contain its moisture. 
  2. Smash ripe banana and mix honey in it to form a mask-like texture. Apply that and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then thoroughly wash it off.
  3. Use the mixture of egg and mixture as a mask for softening frizzy hair.

Believe it or not, these natural formulas, remedy your hair problems better than any chemical products.

Avoiding Chemical Overload

Apart from the harmful rain and general monsoon season, one factor that enhances their damage is the chemical-induced in our hair care products. Here are some steps that can assist you in buying hair care products:

  • Look out for the ingredients in the products 
  • Avoid buying products with chemical ingredients that is not good for hair
  • Add in products with natural ingredients to your hair routine
  • Avoid excessive spa and salon chemical treatments 

These steps will ensure your hair stays healthy, naturally!

Best Hairstyles for Monsoon

Hairstyles too, have input in keeping your hair healthy, and protective hairstyles in monsoon can save it from hair fall in monsoon. Here are some hairstyles you can try out on a rainy day:

  • Braids
  • Buns
  • Clutch clipped
  • Slick ponytails

And now we come to the end of the blog where we discussed in depth about hair fall in monsoon and other hair issues. Remember your hair is just as important as any other part of your body, so do not neglect it. Instead care for it, pamper it immensely to bring it its best health. By now, we are sure, our queries about hair fall in monsoon will be solved, but if not, here are some FAQs answered for you!


Q. Is it normal to lose hair in monsoon?

The answer to your question is yes, it is. But it is not a problem to neglect, rather you should prevent it from damaging your hair health.

Q. Why does hair fall so much in monsoon?

Hair becomes fragile due to rain and humidity, resulting in breakage and hair fall in monsoon.

Q. Does monsoon hair fall grow back?

Fallen hair would not grow back so easily, but caring for it consistently will improve your hair health, leading it to grow. Refer to the above blog to find out how to grow back your hair!

Q. In which month hair fall is maximum?

Hair fall is the maximum in the months of August, September and October, the months of monsoon season.

Q. How to stop hair fall immediately?

No process will ever give you immediate results, but consistent use of it will. So make sure to consistently take care of your hair with the methods we have mentioned in the blog for greater outcome. 

Q. Should I oil my hair in monsoon?

Yes you can oil your hair during monsoon, but avoid excess oiling for it can increase the level of moisture already present in your hair due to the weather condition, which will further lead to more damages.

Q. Can hair fall during monsoon be a symptom of an underlying health issue?

Monsoon gives a specific reason for hairfall, but if you find more than 50-100 strands all year long, we would recommend you to visit a dermatologist and get it checked. 

Q. What type of hairbrush should I use in this season?

A wooden hairbrush is recommended for it helps with making your hair healthy overall.

Q. Should I wash my hair more frequently in the monsoon?

Washing your hair twice a week is enough to keep your hair healthy during monsoon, but overdoing it may lead to even more hair fall.

Q. Are there any specific vitamins or supplements to prevent hair fall?

Yes there are a number of supplements in the market, but are often useless. Hence, we recommend you to try out the many methods to keep your hair healthy mentioned in our blog, or if your hair condition is very serious, refer to a dermatologist. 

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