Hair damage issues have prevailed over the last year decade. Hair experts suggest that other than the inefficient diets of people, daily exposure to heat and pollution is a contributing factor in damaging hair.
Damage hair leads to hair fall, but that doesn’t stop women from styling their hair by wearing a kinky curly wig to match the latest fashion trends. There’s no harm in wearing wigs, especially if they help you style your hair better or add volume, but protecting hair from pollution is necessary.
Try out these must-hacks to deal with this modern issue!
Hacks for protecting hair against heat and pollution
Use a heat protectant spray or serum:
It's mandatory to use a heat protectant spray or serum before using any heating product on your hair, be it a straightener or curler. This will help reduce the amount of heat damage to your hair by forming a protective layer between your hair and heat.
Limit your heat-related hair styling
Try to limit the amount of heat styling you do. Instead, opt for more heatless hairstyles like braids, buns, or ponytails. They look as amazing as any other hairstyle.
Keep your hair clean
Wash your hair regularly to remove any buildup of pollutants and dirt. This will prevent your hair from becoming brittle and damaged over time.
Use Sulphate-free shampoos
Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to help protect your hair from pollution and environmental damage.
Always cover your hair:
Sun rays do no good to hair. Make sure you wear a hat or scarf to cover your hair from sun rays and pollution.
Say No to Smoking
Avoid smoking or being around smokers, as cigarette smoke can damage your hair just as much as it damages your lungs.
Don’t be harsh on your hair
Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel after you wash it. Gently squeeze out the excess water and let it dry naturally. If you're in a hurry or it's too cold, use hair dryer on a cool mode.
Buying a High-Quality Brush
Invest in a good quality hairbrush that won't damage your hair. Boar bristle brushes are a great option. They prove effective in distributing your scalp's natural oils throughout your hair, and help keeping your hair healthy and shiny.
Invest in SPF-containing Conditioner
If you're going to be spending a lot of time outside, use a leave-in conditioner with SPF to help protect your hair from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Avoid using hot water while washing your hair
When you wash your hair, don’t wash them with very hot water, as this can also cause damage. Instead, use lukewarm or cool water to rinse your hair.
Use Scalp Scrub
Consider using a scalp scrub once a month to exfoliate your scalp and remove any buildup of pollutants and dirt. This will help promote healthy hair growth and prevent scalp irritation.
Overshining is a big No
Avoid over-washing your hair because it will suck out all-natural oils from hair, and make it more susceptible to damage. Instead, try to wash your hair every 2-3 days or as needed.
Use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent hair breakage and frizz while you sleep. These fabrics are less likely to cause friction and damage to your hair than cotton pillowcases.
Try to manage stress levels, as stress can affect the health of your hair. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga to help reduce stress and promote overall self-care.