It will soon be time for fireworks as Diwali approaches. But several cities are already affected by air pollution. People exposed to air pollution often complain of coughing, itchy eyes, respiratory problems and dull skin. Your hair can also be affected by air pollution. They can lose their shine and become very dry. So make sure to protect your hair from air pollution.
The air quality in major cities, including Delhi, is quite poor. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, it was in the “very poor” category earlier this week. Indeed, the overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 373.
Effects of air pollution on hair
You need to take care of your overall health, but don’t forget about your hair.
Pollution, in the form of airborne particles, toxic gases and chemical residues, can wreak havoc on your hair, says Dr Sonali Kohli, consultant dermatology at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai.
Here are the side effects of air pollution on hair:
1. Dry and brittle hair
Pollution can strip the natural oils from your hair, leaving it dry. It also becomes more prone to breakage due to loss of oil.
2. Thinning Hair
Hair loss can occur due to many factors, air pollutants being on the list. They can clog hair follicles, leading to thinning and even hair loss.
3. Dull, lifeless hair
We can apply a lot of hair products to restore shine and shine. But air pollution can still rob your hair of its natural shine, leaving it dull and lifeless.
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4. Scalp irritation
Harmful particles in the air can cause itching and irritation of the scalp, potentially causing dandruff, which can be very stubborn and refuse to leave you.
Tips to protect hair from pollution
You need to follow some healthy habits and look for ingredients that can help fight pollution. Here’s what to do:
Look for ingredients like vitamins C and E in hair care products to fight free radicals generated by pollution, thereby reducing oxidative stress in your hair, says the expert.
2. Moisturizing agents
Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin are all hydrating agents that can help lock in moisture and combat hair dryness caused by pollution.
3. Natural oils
Opt for natural oils like coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil to create a protective barrier on your hair. They will help prevent pollutants from damaging your hair.
Proteins like keratin help strengthen hair, making it more resistant to any type of damage caused by air pollution, says Dr Kohli.
5. Shampoo and conditioner regularly
Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo that is gentle on your hair. Use it to cleanse your hair and scalp, then apply a nourishing conditioner to keep your strands hydrated.
6. Cover your hair
Before going out, remember to wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from pollutants, especially on particularly polluted days.
7. Use protective products
Invest in serums or hair sprays containing antioxidants and natural oils. These will help create a protective shield against air pollution.
8. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to maintain your overall health and also to minimize dry hair caused by air pollution.
9. Consume a nutrient-rich diet
Consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals to support your hair health from the inside out. So, start consuming leafy green vegetables, nuts and lean proteins.
By using the right ingredients and following these simple tips, you can keep your hair healthy and beautiful, even in the face of environmental challenges. Remember, a little love and care goes a long way in ensuring that your hair stays strong and vibrant, no matter how polluted your environment is.