The post-Diwali period generally sees a significant decline in air quality, often reaching hazardous levels, posing significant health risks and is also hazardous to hair and skin health. Pollutants accumulate on the hair and scalp, making hair dry, brittle and susceptible to breakage, as well as contributing to dandruff and hair loss.
Jaywant Nayak, who is part of R&D-Personal Care at Netsurf Communications Pvt. Ltd. Ltd. said, “Despite the shift towards silent firecrackers, the threat of air pollution remains a threat not only to the environment but also to hair health, especially for those with undernourished hair. Firecrackers emit toxic gaseous pollutants like magnesium Cadmium and zinc released from hair adversely affect various body organs, which can aggravate existing diseases. Stepping out amid Diwali festivities without providing adequate nourishment to hair can lead to dryness, itching, scalp irritation and excessive oiliness. These To minimize the effects, it is important to avoid going out with wet hair, ensure thorough drying and conditioning of the hair to seal the cuticles. Those who stay outside for long periods of time during Diwali. “They should prioritize hair care after the festivities, including thorough shampooing, conditioning, and applying antioxidant-rich serums to combat the harmful effects of firecracker smoke.”
Here are some tips suggested by Dr. Akshay Batra, Managing Director, Dr. Batra’s Healthcare, to protect your hair from pollution after Diwali.
Protect your hair with a scarf or hat to avoid exposure to harmful particles that accumulate on the scalp and hair, causing discomfort and dryness.
Get rid of dry and lifeless hair with a hot oil massage to boost scalp health during the festival season.
Stay hydrated, sleep well, exercise, eat protein-rich diet, manage stress and enjoy your Diwali celebrations to the fullest for healthy hair.
Use proper shampoo and conditioner to cleanse your hair at least 2-3 times a week.
Apart from that, Rajat Mathur, DGM, Learning Academy at The Body Shop India suggested the following:
- Protect your hair from direct exposure to pollutants by wearing hats and scarves or adopting protective hairstyles. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, especially lauric acid, which has deep conditioning properties. Applying coconut oil before shampooing can help moisturize and nourish the hair, preventing dryness caused by pollution.
- Wash your hair timely to remove pollutants accumulated on the hair and scalp. Consider using a ginger ingredient-based shampoo, which helps cleanse the scalp and remove impurities.
- Combat dryness caused by pollution with the exceptional moisturizing properties of Shea Butter. This natural ingredient hydrates and retains moisture, increasing the overall health and elasticity of hair. Alternatively, you can also look at Moringa as an ingredient. Rich in antioxidants, it neutralizes free radicals and helps maintain the moisture balance of the hair.
- Finally, prioritize your overall health, drink plenty of water and follow a balanced diet. Adopting these practices and incorporating the suggested products into your hair care routine can protect your hair from the challenges posed by environmental pollution.