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  • Writer's pictureDr. Aparna Santhanam

Girls just wanna have smooth curls!

Clutching your hair back, rushing indoors, de-tangling your hair as fast as you can, only so that your hair looks good for the next 20 minutes or so. We’ve all been there.

But when you have curly hair, this whole process becomes a lot longer and so much more annoying. And especially during this month, when the crazy weather and miasma of the festival pollution overhangs in the atmosphere.

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However, no matter how the weather is, pollution is one constant factor that always gets to curly hair, despite all the products.

Pollution blows dust, soot and dirt into the recesses of the hair and scalp. Moreover, all the heavy hair products cause the dust and dirt to stick to your hair. This further leads to dull, tangled, frizzy hair and itchy, flaky scalp.

What can you do to protect your hair from air pollution and keep it healthy?

There are a number of things that can be done to keep your hair healthy and shield it from pollution.

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Shampooing the hair

Shampooing on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to keep your hair and scalp clean. To further protect it from pollution, I also recommend a clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo in your hair care routine, alongside your usual shampoo, to be used once every fortnight.

Use a gentle microfiber towel to dry your hair thoroughly and minimize the damage.

Avoid heavy products

Avoid using gels on curly hair. Use a deep conditioner (washed off completely in the shower), paired with a lightweight serum or anti frizz spray (on dry or wet hair) to solve the frizz problem and to stop dust and dirt from settling onto your hair or scalp.

Hydration is key

If there’s one habit that keeps curly hair nourished and healthy, it is hydration. Use a hydration promoting serum or deep conditioning mask on your hair regularly. This prevents breakage and hair loss caused due to particulate pollution.

Steam or Hot towel

Taking a steam bath weekly, or wrapping your hair in a hot towel for 10 -15 minutes regularly also replenish moisture in the hair and encourages growth.

Vitamin C products

There are several products and serums available in the market that contain Vitamin C. They perform a good antioxidant function, like they do on the skin. This is essentially to shield your hair against pollutants from firecrackers during Diwali.

Physical protection

Indulge in some Turban styling! You can physically protect your hair from pollution and external elements using hats and scarves. Once you reach your destination, you can simply pull it off.

Also, try and sleep on a satin pillowcase to minimize damage and tangling of the hair while you sleep.

Employ these simple steps in your hair care routine and sport fantastic, healthy hair through the festive season. Remember to minimize the use of heat devices and pamper yourself at least twice a month with a warm coconut oil massage to ensure the health of your crowning glory!

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