Everyone in Singapore seeks relief from the oppressive heat during monsoon season, so naturally, the first few weeks are spent making the most of the cloudburst and being soaked to the bone. But before you leave your umbrella behind and go outside, stop and reconsider. While enjoying the rain and jumping in puddles can sound appealing, keep in mind that doing so will affect your hair.
We are always seeking for natural ways to experiment with things when it comes to hair, just like any other naturalist intrigued with all things natural.
Why may you be wondering? There are claims that rainwater has advantages over other types of water that you could typically utilize. Rainwater is considered as “soft water,” which is beneficial for your hair since it does not dry it out like hard water (tap water). It is also said to assist in better cleansing your hair. Some individuals really collect their rainwater and use it to wash their hair. Some even go so far as to take their shampoo and conditioner bottles and walk outside to lather up in the rain. Although rainwater still contains certain chemicals, they do not contain any harsh chemicals as those found in hard water. You may just gather rainwater on those days when it rains and it does not cost you anything. This might be difficult if it seldom rains where you live. But anytime it rains, you will be glad to see it.
However, there is certain advice and cautions that you need to heed. Do not grab the first showers. As the early downpours may be more acidic owing to the chemicals from smog, smoke and other atmospheric pollutants, it is better to collect rainwater after a few good downpours. You should never use rainwater if you are in a region where acid rain is common. To prevent insects like mosquitoes from breeding in it, it is important to collect your rainwater as soon as the rain stops. To get rid of any debris that could have gotten into the water, you should additionally filter it through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
Why does rainfall make my hair softer or curlier? The primary explanation is that the water from the clean rainwater is soft water. Rainwater is devoid of all these chemicals, in contrast to your household water, which contains fluoride, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, and chlorine. Home water is unsafe for the skin and hair for this reason. This does not imply that the water is bad; it only means that it is a bit of a drying effect. To maintain healthy hair, use clean and pure rainwater as a hair moisturizing source.
However, the rainwater may contain a considerable quantity of contaminants or pollutants and may remove your hair moisture causing it to be dry (e.g. acid rain)
What should you do if rain gets in your hair?
Clean rainwater works as an insulator to shield hair from the cold weather and serves as a source of moisture to help keep hair healthy. True enough, a lot of people’s complaints about their hair being curly stem from the fact that there is not enough rain or that they do not take enough showers, which means that there is not enough water available on their hair. After being exposed to such prolonged periods of dry weather, hair’s proteins start to deteriorate, which causes a curl pattern to form as the hair does not grow back properly.
When rainfall is tainted with contaminants or pollutants, it might cause hair damage. If you are tired of having shiny skin, greasy hair, or perhaps even damaged hair, you need to start by identifying the major causes.
The fact of life is that the majority of individuals have not even bothered to look into what rainwater may do to their hair. In this post, we will attempt to convince you that the water of rainfall will affect the texture of your hair.
Before we continue, let us not just attribute the reason for dry hair to hard water; it is also possible that the chemicals in shampoos and conditioners can also be the cause. Maintaining a pH balance in your hair is the greatest alternative in this case.
The straightforward explanation we provided above is that the absence of these additives found in hard water results in rainwater to be softer, which in turn makes your hair feel softer. Additionally, it does not include any of the harsh chemicals that will cause your hair to dry.
DO YOU HAVE DAMAGED HAIR FROM RAIN?
While swimming in puddles and strolling under the rain may seem appealing, you should be prepared for the effects on your hair. In actuality, rainfall is thought to be the cleanest water that exists today. Due to the absence of minerals found in hard water, it is also the softest water. Even while many people believe that rain water would not harm their hair, there are specific situations in which it may pick up chemicals and other contaminants or particles either before it reaches the ground or even after coming into contact with tanks. When this water comes into touch with surfaces, objects and impurities, this occurs.
Rainwater may damage your hair when it is tainted with pollutants and chemicals. It is well recognized that certain remnant pollutants from the first rain tend to cause acid rain.
WHAT EFFECT DOES RAINWATER HAVE ON YOUR HAIR?
We need to look at how rainwater is likely to affect your hair now that you know it may soften your hair but can also damage it if it is polluted.
First and foremost, it has to be made clear that direct rainfall is ideal since it is recognized to be pure, clean and unpolluted. Nobody is quite sure what it accumulates on the way down as it arrives. Because of this, exposing hair to it could have certain effects. In rare circumstances, hair may even sustain some damage.
Acid rain removes moisture from hair when it comes in touch with the hair. Frizzy and coarse hair is the result here. In other cases, being wet may damage the roots of the hair and ultimately enable bacteria and germs to flourish in the damp hair condition. The hair may sustain strand damage if it is not dried evenly. Hair becomes dry, dull, and tangled as a result.
Your hair may experience extra negative effects from hard water. In actuality, it is one of the main contributors to hair loss and bacterial infections of the hair. According to some studies, hard water may dry out your skin and hair or even harm it due to the chemicals and minerals it contains.
WHAT TO DO IF RAINWATER WETS YOUR HAIR?
Clean and pure rainwater may not harm your hair, as we have already mentioned. However, there is a danger that bacteria or germs may start to grow within your hair if it is damp, which might lead to extra problems. You may take several steps to prevent all these effects on your hair, however. When it rains, it is important to have an umbrella or raincoat with you everywhere you go outside. However, there are situations when you may forget to bring an umbrella or even take any action.
If you find yourself caught in a circumstance when it is raining, follow these instructions:
Let your wet hair loose- The key goal here is to give it more space to dry as you go on. When the hair is tied up too tightly, the moistened traps may trap bacteria and result in the hair to break in the scalp.
Get some strong repair shampoo and use it to repair the hair damage once you are in a comfortable place. Deeply nourish your hair to leave it strong, silky, and healthy. Your hair becomes more manageable while using repair shampoos and conditioners.
If, however, you found that the rainfall had severely damaged your hair and was tainted with contaminants, start by rinsing your hair with soft water. Additionally, you have the option of rinsing with vinegar or lemon juice, both of which have weak acids, before using any shampoo or conditioner.
You may use your all-natural shampoo and a little amount of conditioner if the rainwater was not too hard or if it did not really cause any hair damage. In actuality, the conditioner will help your hair’s scales lie flat.
You now understand why rainwater makes your hair curlier and smoother. You are also aware of the additional impacts that precipitation, particularly impure rainwater, may have on your hair.
IF MY HAIR APPEAR STRANGE, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Your scalp is likely experiencing a hair breakage if your hair seems unusual or smells strange. The sun’s heat and your scalp’s ability to absorb moisture combine to generate these hair breaks, which results in dry hair. Too much relaxing bathing (bath mitt) or excessive bathing (bath soap) for your hair may potentially result in hair breakage.
Try using shampoo or another anti-break product if you have scalp issues.
The next time you see girls and women naively covering their hair when it rains, realize that there are many other very valid reasons to do so in addition to the discomfort of rainfall.