We all love Diwali. But Diwali and air pollution go hand-in-hand, thanks to firecrackers. And do you know what gets affected the most? Your precious hair!

While you cannot stop people from burning crackers (yes, even the government has tried it), you can take precautions to protect your hair from getting damaged. The effect of dust and fuel particles on the scalp cells can cause hair loss and common pollutants can reduce hair growth and hair retention. When smoke, dust and gaseous pollutants settle on your hair and scalp, it leads to irritation, dryness, breakage and damage. To protect your tresses from air pollution this Diwali, here’s what you need to do.  

protect your hair this diwali

Choose shampoo and conditioner as per your hair type and scalp condition

Keeping your hair well-hydrated and protected during the festive season is crucial. Apart from the frequent use of heat-styling tools, it is also the air pollution caused by burning crackers that is wreaking havoc on your tresses. It is, therefore, ideal to use a shampoo and conditioner that will protect your hair from the harsh environmental factors. The Dove Environmental Defence Shampoo and Dove Environmental Defence Conditioner can be your best bet.

protect your hair this diwali

Pamper your hair and scalp with an oil massage

Oil massages can save your hair! If you don’t want your luscious locks to look dry and lifeless by the end of the festive season, then make sure you give them some extra TLC. We’re talking about the good ol’ champi! An hour or two before washing your hair, massage your scalp with an essential oil such as coconut or argan oil. Oiling will not only improve blood circulation in the scalp, but also make your hair strong enough to deal with air pollution damage.

protect your hair this diwali

Stepping out with wet hair is a strict no-no

It is the biggest hair sin ever! When you step out with wet hair, you are causing more grime, dust and pollution to stick to your mane. The harmful particles then settle into your hair follicles that freeze once your hair dries. This may ultimately lead to more hair damage such as breakage and hair fall. To save your hair from any more trouble, either air-dry your hair completely before stepping out or grab a blow dryer if you are running short of time.

protect your hair this diwali

Hydrate your locks with steam or hair mask

Air pollution is your hair’s biggest enemy. It strips your hair of natural oils and moisture, and leaves it looking dehydrated and lacklustre. The best way to keep your mane looking luscious all throughout the festivities is to steam your hair regularly. If you don’t have time to get it done professionally, then simply wrap your head with a hot towel. Leave it on for a few minutes and release.

Another alternative can be a DIY moisturising hair mask. Air pollution strips your scalp of essential nutrients that cause issues like dandruff, itchiness and dryness. To replenish these nutrients and to up the moisture level, use natural ingredients such as honey, milk and pumpkin to nourish your tresses.

protect your hair this diwali

Use aloe vera gel as a leave-in conditioner

There is nothing that aloe vera can’t solve! From treating sunburns, rashes and infections to reducing dandruff and conditioning your mane, aloe vera is the miracle elixir of your beauty regimen. You’ll be happy to know that rubbing aloe gel on your scalp and applying it on your hair after a wash can stop hair fall caused due to pollution and make your hair shinier and more manageable. It acts as the perfect natural leave-in conditioner; just what your hair needs this Diwali.