With pollution comes the requirement to be extra cautious of your hair as the chances of it getting dull gets higher. Make sure you treat it well. From oiling your hair regularly to using DIY hair masks, a lot can be done to stop the damage reach your roots and dull your hair. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Director, Senior Consultant Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon at MedLinks list down some steps to get rid of frizzy hair due to pollution.
* Take cover, wear a hat: Always carry with you a hat or hairband to protect your hair from damage. If you really can't help being in a really polluted area, keep your hair covered if you can, (or tie it back).
* Wash your hair regularly: Fortunately, pollutants sit on the outside of the cuticle and so can easily be washed off, so in order to reduce the microbial content of the scalp and make it less itchy and prone to flaking, we recommend regular shampooing. For men, alternate days to everyday and for women twice or thrice in a week.
* Adjust your styling routine: Hair that has been exposed to excessive amounts of air pollution becomes damaged, feeling brittle and making breakage and split ends more likely. Keep this in mind when using heat from a straighter, curling iron or hair dryer. Minimize the amount of heat you use and always use a heat protecting product.
* Add back hydration: When in doubt, hydrate. It's a good rule for your health and your hair. Jojoba oil is one good ingredient to look for as it both moisturises and strengthens the hair's natural hydro-lipid layer, which coats the hair to help keep it hydrated.
* Deep condition: Start a deep conditioning routine weekly. Deep conditioners are used to repair damaged hair, penetrating deep into the hair hydrating and repairing it.
(With IANS inputs)