Timeless secrets to gorgeous hair. Rediscovered.

Timeless secrets to gorgeous hair. Rediscovered.

Breaking news: daily commute is not your hair’s BFF

You have to endure your commute. Your hair needn’t.

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By the Hairsutras Team

Given that your hair is one of the protective layers of your body that acts as a barrier to pollution, it bears the maximum brunt of it. While your skin tends to get cleansed on an everyday basis, your hair gets neglected, except on wash days. This leads to a build-up of damage, beginning with dry, dull and lifeless strands. And let’s not even get started on the grease!

If your hair is exposed to polluted air on a regular basis, it can also lead to more serious damage. The small airborne, suspended particles and gases could actually settle into the scalp and enter the hair follicles.

Before this goes further south, here’s a few things you can do.

1. Clean, Clean and Clean! 
Practice routine cleansing to wash away pollutants and repair your hair. The greasier the hair, the more dust and dirt will stick to it, leading to more grease and even worse, dandruff! Wash it at least twice a week, but decide the ideal frequency basis your hair type.

Use a gentle shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils. You could also go natural and use shikakai and reetha or stick to shampoos that specify ‘anti-pollution’ properties.

2. Stimulate That Scalp
Protected hair starts from root care. So an oil massage at least once a week, is a great way to clear clogged pores in your scalp, dislodge the grime that could cause itching and dandruff, and also stimulate blood circulation. 
    
3. Keep It Hot
Nothing beats hot water for removing oil and grime from the scalp and hair shaft. The heat and steam naturally open up the hair cuticles allowing dirt, oil, and even excess hair product to be cleaned thoroughly and rinsed. But make sure to finish off with cool water.

4. Bring Down The Build-Up
The best thing you could do for your hair is a weekly rinse to get rid of the build-up of dirt and pollutants in your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo once a month to cut through the build-up. You could also go natural with an apple cider vinegar rinse — one part vinegar to four parts cold water. 
 
5. The Deep Kind Of Conditioning
It would be a good idea to start taking measures to restore the health of your hair. A regular deep conditioning treatment with coconut oil at least twice a week will penetrate the shafts of your hair and repair them from within. Throw in some turban therapy — which basically involves a steam treatment once a week, where you take a warm towel and wrap it around your head to open the pores and increase blood circulation.
 
6. Tie Me Up Or Tie Me Down
When on the move, always tie hair up in a bun or a plait. This prevents it from getting tangled, messy, and damaged from the roots. Most importantly, it keeps the dirt and dust from sticking to the hair, which will lead to a greasy, itchy scalp, or even hair fall. Alternatively, use a scarf and create trendy head wraps to give your hair the protection it needs. This is especially important when you are travelling with wet hair, as dirt clings onto wet hair even more.

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SUMMARY
  • Your hair bears the brunt of the environment during your daily commute.
  • While commute can’t be avoided, there are certain measures you can take to protect your hair.
  • Restoring your hair’s health from the inside is a great place to start the hair care regime.
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