Priscilla Corner on the hair horrors the rains bring

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 18.07.12

A halo of frizz, tufts of hair that wisp out like horns, lacklustre locks, greasy-sweaty hair, and blow dries that don’t last past it getting caught in a three-second sprinkle of rain. The scalp too has its own set of woes as the fungi living on it thrives on the overall dampness causing infections and bringing on an itch that leads to scaly dandruff that fall snowflake like onto the top of ones shoulders. That’s what the monsoons mean for many a mane and that’s why it’s the most dreaded season for those wanting to hold on to any kind of style. Here are a few tips to have your hair and scalp behaving itself through this entire monsoon.

Fight the frizz

1. The first step begins with a suitable shampoo and conditioner. Your shampoo has to have a soothing, smoothing effect.

2. A leave-in conditioner helps weigh the hair down to submission.

3. Wide-tooth combs are your BFF. Never comb when it is bone dry, as this encourages static.

4. After a wash, gently blot dry the excess water out. Let hair air dry and then apply serum to slightly damp hair. Remember to apply serum only on the mid-lengths and ends.

5. For very curly hair, section hair into thin long strips and twirl around finger after applying serum.

Detox greasy and grimy

1. Shampoo with a milder product and more frequently.

2. Water down the conditioner in a 1:2 ratio so that it does not make the ends heavy and limp.

3. The last rinse can be done using the juice of a lemon — it’s great for shine and bringing the pH balance back.

4. If you have thin, limp hair avoid using a serum.

Combat scalp infection

This can be caused due to residues from pollution and hair products that cling to damp scalps encouraging fungal infection.

1. Add two drops of rosemary or tea tree essential oil to your shampoo, this will prevent hair loss and inhibit dandruff.

2. Conditioner should never be used on the scalp.

3. Dry hair thoroughly. Try not to tie the hair while it’s damp since trapped moisture worsens scalp infection.

5. Whenever possible get a little sun on your scalp. It is the ideal infection fighter.


Hair spas are better than oil massages in this season as the hair mask used is more easily washed off. Oil tends to cling to the scalp and hair, requiring more vigorous washing that in turn leads to frizz.

Have that haircut

If you have flirted with the idea of going shorter, “my hair just couldn’t cope with the monsoons” could be your perfect reason for taking the plunge. Shorter hair is easier to keep clean and self style. And there are a wide variety of curly graduated cuts to choose from.

tackle tress terrors with these top tips

Mask for dry hair: Take an avocado and mash it with three tsps of olive oil, add a dash of lime juice. Apply to hair and leave on for half an hour.

Hair tonic for falling hair: Soak methi seeds, extract the juice, add three tbsps of amla juice, mix with honey, apply and leave on hair for 30 minutes. Rinse.

Post-shampoo rinse for greasy hair: Mix three teaspoons of lime juice and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, rinse through the hair after you shampoo for grease-free shine.

Last but not the least, drink green tea at regular intervals, it checks hair fall and is good for just about everything else!

celeb styles to keep the mane off your face



High ties can never go out of style, whether you are shopping or preening on the red carpet! Notice how Hollywood glam queens 90210’s Jessica Lowndes (left) keeps it clean while Olivia Wilde (right) opts for messy-chic. Both, bang on. You can dress up the look with a jewelled hairband or just go bare. But avoid going too tight for too long. Headache alert!


The season’s staple is a chic braid. Be it French, fishtail, waterfall or even the simple weave, this style is in. Flirt with a one-shoulder style like Bong beauty Bipasha Basu (left) and Eva Longoria (right). It’s also a great way to flaunt the super sexy back. The look rocks a GNO or even a lunch date. If you’re feeling flirty, deck it up with some fun florals — real or fake.


Kim Kardashian (left) and Jacqueline Fernandes (right) re-invent the chic bun into a high (read super high) twist. If you have long locks like these beauties, join the bandwagon with this uber-cool look. Show off those sexy shoulders, structured cheekbones and spotless back while you embrace the super-high bun. It’s a fresh look that’s waiting to be explored.

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