Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Chennai weather and its effects

I had forgotten that Chennai air is very humid. So much so, moisturizer-girl a.k.a me (see point 8 here), does not even need to moisturize quite so much any more. I maintained my long-perfected moisturizer routine (quite simple, moisturizer any time, all the time) for three whole days after my arrival in Chennai. After which, a number of hitherto unseen break-outs happened over my face. Ardent moisturizing then came to a screeching halt. Now I have dumped all my heavy creams, lotions and washes for lighter and much lesser stuff and no longer stock every room with ample moisturizer. Sigh. What a sad loss for the moisturizer industry.

But, one industry's loss is another industry's gain. Within a few hours of arrival in Chennai, my hair texture started giving major competition to coconut-fibres across the country. No matter how smoothly I combed my hair, within an hour, tendrils of hair would start creeping all around my head. Not to mention the rough look my whole head would take on. Remember Monica from friends? Aaaaaargh. After seeing for myself that this battle would not be won easily, if at all, I gave in and straightened my hair at the parlour after parting with $$$. Still, considering that, skin-wise, I have never been more happy, that too with so little effort, I think I am still coming out tops. Hurrah!

That said, Chennai does get really hot at times. And it is not even summer! I am still training myself to turn on the fan in any room even if I plan to be in it only for some time. I have figured that it takes a very, very short time to feel very, very hot. Hopefully, by the time summer rolls around, I will be acclimatized enought to not completely evaporate. Amen to that.

Finally, did you folks hear about the unseasonal heavy rains in Chennai this August/September? You must have also heard this saying about how it rains where-ever good people go? And of course, you know that I relocated to Chennai this August. Have you connected the dots yet :-P?

That wraps up the weather update from here.

15 comments:

rads said...

need picture of straightened hair. No empathy here, I will never go back coz of the humidity :(

subbulakshmistoned said...

Hair care is a bitch man! Bangalore is no less. I got it straightened too and its growing out now..PANIC!

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

Can you say chennai cried because you were back? ;-)

Saumya said...

Like Monica in that friends episode :)

Anita said...

you will also get used to leaving the AC on 24/7 in the summer. And then when you see your electricity bill, your nicely straightened hair will curl up once again.

Archana said...

Rads - will put up one as soon as I take a half-way decent one :-). You relocate - I will take you to the best places to get your hair straightened :-D.

Subbu - hahah - so did you hit the parlors again?

Extra-ordinary - NO X-( - no points for wrong guessing! Welcome aboard :-).

Saumya - that is the exact same episode I linked to in the post :-D!

Sindu - hahahha - that's funny!

Sands said...

here from rads blog. delurking to completely concur with this post. Got back from Chennai yesterday. Both the hair straightening and the moisturizer apply to me as well. Took two trips in 3 weeks to get hair straintened. Just on that front and so glad to be back home :)

spark said...

That was a funny weather update :) Chennai's weather is so unidimensional. Good luck!

Archana said...

Sands - welcome aboard! Hahah - I so totally agree. Pre-straightening I had a nice halo of frizz around my head all the time!

Spark - thank you :-).

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Meghana said...

Thank you for posting such a great information. I was looking out for this information since my skin dries out very fast and checking which city has best weather for dry skin. Since you mentioned that Chennai is very hot it may not be suitable. Can you share similar information on other cities that you have visited ? e.g. Vizag ?