Fix it: Here's How You can Defeat the Pollution Damaging Your Hair

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Fix it: Here's How You can Defeat the Pollution Damaging Your Hair

You must have gone out posting a photo captioning ‘Good hair day’, smiling ear to ear, but by the end of the day, you might feel your hair is resembling a bird's nest. Ever wondered why? Why is it that every day is not a good hair day? The answer is right in front of your eyes but still hidden, ‘Pollution. You can also call it hair pollution. You know that pollution affects your body's health, like skin problems, respiratory issues, neurological issues, etc., but do you know that it is one of the biggest factors contributing to your damaged hair?

 

You probably thought that it is the chemicals in your hair care products that are causing them damage, but guess what, the enemy has spread itself even in our homes. The question you might be asking yourself now is how can pollution be a leading factor of hair damage? And how do you protect your hair from it?

 

Here, you’ll find the ultimate answers to your questions on this toxic relationship between your hair and the Pollution.

The Pollution: Know your enemy

Pollution comes in many forms and is all over the place. It is basically an attention seeker, but harmful for you. What exactly is it? In technical terms, it is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that shape themselves in various ways, like heat, noise, air, light, water, etc. These contaminants can be either natural or man-made. Yes, natural contaminants exist, as it is not important that everything natural that exists is good for you.  

 

Air pollution is something that you are exposed to every day, even in your homes. We have high-end models of cars and other vehicles, which we are happy showing off to the people around you, but these contribute a big deal in giving birth to the particulate matter, which is a mixture of all the solid and liquid particles in the air, which are hazardous for you.

 

The components of particulate matter are dust, pollen, smoke, soot, etc. These are so tiny that they can enter your body through various ways without you even knowing it. Thinking how hazardous they can be? The answer to this is still unknown.

How is the pollution affecting your hair?

You might have noticed your hair drying even after you wash them with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. Ever thought why does that happen? One factor is the chemicals in your hair care products, another major factor is the Pollution.

 

When you go out, your hair gets exposed to the particulate matter in the air, invisible to you. Like an uninvited guest, it penetrates your skin and messes up the flow of proteins that are the brains behind your healthy and lustrous hair. You must have heard about a person’s premature aging, the same can happen to your hair as well! Pollution zaps the moisture off your hair, which leaves them vulnerable to breakage and then hair loss and other scalp related issues.

 

Pollution doesn’t only affect the very look of your hair, but also its roots. Now, how exactly does the Pollution affect your hair? The particulate matter that reaches the root of your hair, sucks up all the important elements required to keep your hair nourished. Biotin is the provider of the most essential hair protein called Keratin, which is supplied to your hair, keeping them healthy. The particulate matter dries up biotin, leading to lack of Keratin production, leaving your hair with less nourishment. The result? Your hair becomes frizzy and brittle. You may call it a messy look that your hair may give you, but it only worsens with time if it is not worked on. You may witness baldness, scanty hair, thinning hair, hair loss, and sometimes cancer.

 

A study was conducted to prove the hazardous effects of the Pollution on your hair. Here, human follicles were exposed to the dust particles to see on what level can they harm your hair. Keeping them exposed, the researchers observed that the proteins responsible for hair growth were sucked up by the dust particles at an alarming rate leaving the follicles devoid of proteins and moisture that the hair require. This led them to the conclusion that exposure to the Pollution can become a major cause of hair loss, be it in males or females.



What factors is hair damage based on?

One of the major things affecting your hair quality is the amount of pollution in your area. If the amount of pollution in your area is less, you may be relieved when it comes to it affecting you severely. You may face such issues if you reside in a metropolitan city when compared to the countryside.

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to change your place of residence, you will find effective ways to protect your hair from pollution in this blog.

Is your hair a victim of pollution yet?

You may be a person who likes gifts or complementary things, but you surely won’t like what pollution has to offer to you. Check here if your hair is a victim of pollution yet. If you are facing at least one of these issues, you need to work on your hair to revive the luster and nourishment it deserves.

1. Dandruff

Dandruff in hair

Do you see white flakes peeking from your hair or resting on your shoulder? If the answer is yes, then you have dandruff. Although it is a common skin condition on your scalp, it should not be here to stay.

 

Dandruff results in an itchy scalp and formation of flakes on it. Why does it happen? Some of the causes can be:

  • Irritated skin/Oily skin
  • Eczema
  • Lesser hair washing
  • Dry skin

 

Particulate matter leaves your scalp dry after it penetrates the skin. This leaves your skin irritated and prone to many scalp-related diseases. Dandruff is one of the resultants of this and is also known as a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. How do you know if you have dandruff?

  • Itchy scalp
  • White flakes on your scalp, eyebrows, and shoulders

2. Dries up moisture from your hair

Dry hair

Moisture is something that makes your hair look alive. Like water does to your body, it keeps your hair hydrated. In technical terms, the water molecules bind with the proteins present in the hair, which keeps your tresses hydrated. How do you know if your hair lack moisture? Check here:

  • If you have split ends
  • If you have frizzy hair
  • If you have dull hair
  • If your hair are breaking easily

If you hair are being a struggle to detangle

3. Hair splitting at the ends

Split ends

When the Pollution affects your hair, it can become so weak that it splits at the end. This is because your hair is unable to receive the nourishment it needs. Your hair may become dry and frizzy, losing their strength. Even if you cut your hair to avoid split ends, it is not necessary that you won’t split ends again. How do you know if you have split ends? Check here:

  • If your hair look dull and dry at the ends
  • If there are knots toward the ends of your hair
  • If your hair are being a struggle when detangling them

When the growth of your hair slows down

4. Thinning of your hair

Thinning hair

Thinning of hair is a subset of hair loss. The particulate matter in your scalp’s skin deprives your hair of nourishment. As a result, each strand of your tresses loses its volume. This can further change into hair loss.

 

How do you know that your hair is thinning and needs ultimate care? Check the following symptoms:

  • An increase in the quantity of hair on your hairbrush, pillow, or your bathroom.
  • Shrinking volume of your hair
  • Thinner ponytails
  • Hair easily breaking off
  • Broader hairline

5. Change in hair texture

Are you noticing a change in your hair texture? Pollution is a major contributor to this as smoke and soot in the air adversely affect the luster, shine, and texture of your hair. Why does the texture of your hair change? The Pollution leads to thinning of hair resulting in a change in the texture.

6. The volume of hair is affected

You may witness a lesser volume of hair if your hair is being damaged by the Pollution. Although you may feel that it is because of the season change, a significant hair loss may alarm you. How do you know you are losing your hair volume? Check it here:

  • If you are witnessing more hair on your comb than your head
  • If you are having a receding hairline
  • If your hair is becoming scanty
  • If your hand makes a smaller circle in holding your hair while making a ponytail.
  • If your scalp is having sunburns

 

Losing hair volume is an alarm to alert you about the significant damage made to your hair and how weak they have become.

7. Loss of protein essential for your hair

The look, the luster, and the shine of your hair you enjoy is all the result of the proteins in your hair. The more the protein, the healthier your hair becomes. The Pollution directly attacks these proteins, leaving your tresses devoid of them. Proteins are the powerhouse of your hair, which need to be maintained through various ways. How do you know if your hair lacks protein? Check it here:

  • High porosity in your hair- This means that your hair strands have a lot of gap, which allows it to take in water more than it is required. Although water is important for your hair, too much of it results in frizzy hair.
  • Loss of elasticity in your hair- If you are witnessing rigidity while styling your hair, it may be that they have lost their elasticity. This is a big signifier of lack of protein. How do you know that your hair is losing its elasticity? Check it here-
  1. Wet a strand of your hair while it is intact to your scalp.
  2. Now, stretch it.

       

Here, if your hair strand is bouncing back after leaving it, it is a sign of healthy hair, but if the strand breaks, then it definitely lacks protein.

  • Drooping hair- If your hair has started to droop, then you may need to get a protein check. If your hair is becoming flat and limp, it is a definite sign of protein deficiency.
  • Sticky hair- As you read above, the texture of your hair changes if they are damaged by pollution. Similarly, you may feel an odd change while you touch your hair, like your hair may feel sticky and different. This is a strong sign of protein deficiency in your hair.

 

Now you know to what extent the Pollution can damage your hair. You definitely feel the need to protect them tresses and revive their luster, shine, and bounce. Just like your body, your hair too needs food, nourishment, and a lot of care. You have been using hair care products that comprise chemicals that may be harmful for your hair. It is obvious that a busy lifestyle doesn’t allow you to give time to your hair, and these products are the only instant way to maintain them, but it is not the complete truth.

 

What you need is a way which protects your hair and revives the proteins that makes it alive. How do you decide which way is the best for your hair? How do you go about it? There must be many questions in your mind which you want answers to. Your search gets over here. You will not find only one, but a plethora of ways to do hair care without using harmful elements. Read on for ultimate solutions to your hair problems!

Let nature protect your hair

What can be better than nature when it comes to hair care? No sign of chemicals, and you would be surprised to see what wonders it can actually do to your hair!

1. Virgin coconut oil

It is the best protector when it comes to maintaining protein in your hair. It retains the protein in your hair even after you wash your hair, keeping it soft and shiny.

 

How do you go about it?

  • Apply virgin coconut oil to your hair and scalp
  • Massage gently thoroughly
  • Leave it for 1-2 hours
  • Wash your hair with a shampoo and conditioner thereafter

 

You can either take the oil in your palms or fingers to apply oil on your scalp. Doing it twice or thrice a week will give you tremendous results.

2. Your hair eats what your body eats

A combination of mashed bananas or avocados, mayonnaise, and honey can help retain moisture in your hair. It works as a hair mask. Thinking that these are the foods that suit your mouth? Well, it suits your hair too!

 

How do you go about it?

  • Apply a combination of the above ingredients on your head
  • After applying, cover your head with a towel or a shower cap
  • Keep it for 30-40 minutes
  • Wash your hair with warm water

 

Doing it once or twice a week will keep your hair nourished and happy.

3. Pumpkin seeds, honey!

A combination of honey and pumpkin seeds comes with not only a moisture lock but prevents hair fall as well. While honey makes sure that your hair is moisturized, pumpkin seeds make sure that you do not lose much of your hair.

 

What do you need?

  • 2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil

 

How do you go about it?

  • Wet your hair
  • Apply the mixture of pumpkin seeds and honey in the proportion mentioned above
  • Apply the mixture on your hair
  • Leave for 20 minutes
  • Rinse it with a cleanser and water
  • Wash your hair with a conditioner

 

Do this 1-2 times a week for amazing results.

4. Shea butter to the rescue

Shea butter for hair

The name speaks for itself. Shea butter’s moisture providing properties are the best for dry and damaged hair. It not only retains moisture in your hair but also calms your scalp removing redness and itchiness of the skin.

 

How do you go about it?  

  • Take 1 or 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • Warm it
  • Apply to your scalp and hair
  • Massage gently for some time
  • Leave it for 1 hour
  • Wash your hair with a cleanser and conditioner

 

Do this for more than once a week for better results.

5. Olive oil and egg

Eggs are known for their good fat and protein, while olive oil is known for its hair growth enhancing properties. A combination of raw eggs and olive oil not only moisturizes your hair but also accelerates hair growth.

 

How do you go about it?

  • Take 1 whole raw egg and 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Mix both the ingredients
  • Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair
  • Cover your head with a towel or shower cap
  • Leave it for 1 hour
  • Wash your hair with a cleanser and conditioner

 

Do this once or twice a week for better results.

6. Lavender oil and Aloe Vera

Aloe vera’s soothing properties are effective in calming the scalp and preventing hair loss, while Lavender oil promotes hair growth and thickening of hair. A combination of these two helps remove excess oil and retails moisture and protein necessary for your hair.

 

What do you need?

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4th cup of aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops of lavender oil

 

How to go about it?

  • Mix the above-mentioned amount of aloe vera gel with water
  • Add 3 drops of lavender oil to it
  • You can either apply directly or put it in a spray bottle for convenience
  • Spray it on your hair and scalp

 

You can do this as and when you want to.

 

Apart from natural ways, you have the option to protect your hair from the Pollution while you are out there, exposed to it. Here’s how:

1. Cover your hair

Ponytail as a protective hairstyle

Prevention is better than cure. You have a busy routine, and it therefore becomes difficult to spend time on your hair. The best and the quickest way to protect them is by covering your hair. You can do this in various ways like:

  • Covering your hair with a scarf
  • Covering your hair with a hat
  • Tying your hair or making a ponytail

2. Make peace with your natural hair

Already, there is particulate matter to damage your hair. You only use hair tools to further the damage. While the particulate matter sucks up the nutrients from your hair, why do you want to damage them further by styling, curling, or coloring them? Avoid using hair styling tools as much as you can.

 

Dandruff is the most common problem you may be facing. Here are some natural fixes for you.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar for hair

The properties of apple cider vinegar are best known for treating dandruff. It doesn’t take much time and also keeps your shoulders flake-free.

What do you need?

  • 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Warm water

 

How to go about it?

  • Take 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Add warm water to it
  • Wash your hair with shampoo
  • After the wash, apply the the mixture to wet hair
  • Keep it for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash it off with water

 

Do this 2-3 times a week. Do not use it excessively.

2. Lemon juice and coconut oil

Coconut oil is nature’s gift that is good for you in every way possible. A tinge of lemon in it can effectively remove the flakes that have been embarrassing and irritating you all this time.

 

What do you need?

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Lemon juice

 

How do you go about it?

  • Heat the given amount of coconut oil
  • Add some lemon juice to the oil
  • Gently massage your hair and scalp with the mixture
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash your hair with shampoo

 

You can do this twice or thrice a week to get effective results.

3. Orange peel and lemon juice

Orange is a fruit rich in calcium, Vitamin A, magnesium, etc. Think what good it can do to your hair if applied? Orange peels are very effective in curing dandruff.

 

What do you need?

- Orange peel

- Lemon juice

 

How to go about it?

  • Take an orange peel and put some lemon juice on it
  • Put them in a grinder
  • Grind the mixture till it becomes a paste
  • Apply the paste to your hair and scalp
  • Massage your head for some time
  • Leave it for 30 minutes
  • Once the paste has dried up, wash it off with a shampoo

 

Do this 3-4 times a week for amazing results.

4. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties have proven to cure dandruff. It has been proven effective in curing fungal infections that can cause dermatitis and dandruff.

 

What do you need?

  • 2-5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil/olive oil

 

How to go about it?

  • Add 2-5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil i.e. coconut oil/olive oil
  • Massage the mixture gently on your hair and scalp
  • Leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo

5. Yogurt, lemon, and honey

A combination of acidic properties lemon juice and high protein content in yogurt is very effective in curing dandruff problems.

 

What do you need?

  • 4 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

 

How to go about it?

  • Take the required amount of the ingredients
  • Create a mixture of the three ingredients
  • Apply the mixture on your hair and scalp
  • Leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Wash your hair with a shampoo

 

Eating a balanced diet helps you keep your body and hair healthy. Here are some power foods for you to keep your hair strong and shining.

1. Ace it with Spinach

Spinach for healthy hair

While you may make faces when you hear the green vegetable being brought to your house, it is interesting how it can strengthen your hair. Spinach is rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin C, etc. Eating Spinach helps the skin produce sebum, which helps the skin and hair in retaining moisture.

While vitamin A takes care of the moisture, vitamin C makes sure that you don’t lose them precious hair.

2. Fish, Swish, Dish

Fatty fishes like salmon are amazing sources of Omega3 that enhances hair growth. So, if you are dealing with the issue of hair loss and thinning hair, fatty fishes swim to your rescue! Along with this, these fishes are a great source of vitamin D3, vitamin B, and protein, which make your hair strong.

3. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potato for hair

As tasty as they look, they are a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A, strengthening your hair and enhancing their growth.

4. Do it with Avocado

Avocados, apart from being a source of healthy fats, are an excellent source of vitamin E for you. This helps in enhancing hair growth. The vitamin E present in Avocados also protects your scalp skin from being damaged. The fatty acids present also promote hair growth and keep the luster and shine our hair deserves!

5. Nuts

Nuts are best known for keeping the human body healthy, but did you know that they also help in repairing damaged hair? While they provide you with vitamin E, they also provide you with a variety of vitamin B, fatty acids, and zinc. These promote hair growth by providing essential nutrients to your hair. Nuts are tasty and can be eaten on the go!

6. Hair, limp? Try some Shrimp

Shrimps are not only people’s favorite seafood, but are also an excellent source of iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, etc. All these nutrients help in bringing your damaged hair back to life, lustrous, and shining. They also help maintain your healthy hair.

7. Meat

Non-vegetarian food has always been considered a great deal for maintaining good hair health. Meat is rich in protein which is the main element in maintaining your hair health. The protein helps strengthen hair follicles, resulting in lustrous and stronger hair.

8. Berries

Berries are loaded with a lot of minerals and nutrients which are excellent for maintaining your hair health. These are loaded with vitamin C which helps produce collagen, which protects your hair from becoming brittle and break. Some of the berries that you can consume are blackcurrant, strawberry, kiwi, etc.

9. Eggs

Eggs for healthy hair

Eggs are the best available sources of protein and biotin. As you must have read above, biotin is necessary for producing Keratin, a protein that makes up your hair and is responsible for its growth. You must have seen biotin being recommended to people in salons. This is to promote their hair growth and its maintenance. But isn’t it better to get it in its natural form? Eggs are the best source you can get.

10. Seize the seeds

You definitely need foods that are fewer in calories and high on nutrients. There is nothing better than seeds. A variety of seeds provide you with zinc, vitamin E, and fatty acids. All of these contribute to your hair health. Some of the seeds you can consume are flaxseeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.

Flaxseeds are a great source of omega-3. Although they do not have as many fatty fishes, they are good to go for the ones who prefer vegetarian food.


There are plenty of ways, quick and easy, which you can take to protect your hair from damaging or repairing hair damage caused by the Pollution. All you have to do is choose the preferred way and go about it! A plethora of methods have been provided to you above, which will not only protect your hair from damage or repair them, but will also maintain your hair’s lustre, shine, and smooth flow! So what is the wait for? Go pamper your hair now!

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