With Diwali just around the corner, you’ve already got the house decluttered, bought your new clothes, and made a mental checklist of all the yummy mithais you plan to gorge on. But with all that prep, you might be ignoring one key aspect and that’s your hair. The increased pollution levels not just takes a toll on your skin, but on your hair, too. Wondering how to combat that? We asked the experts.
ENSURE A HEALTHY SCALP
When you think healthy hair, you might picture shiny, thick hair but actually a healthy scalp is the sign of a good head of hair. Monisha Bhatia, head of education at a hair-care brand, says, “One must definitely use a good shampoo as per your scalp type to purify and rebalance your scalp.” She recommends silicon-free scalp-specific shampoos that deep cleanse your scalp and keep it well-moisturised.
PICK THE RIGHT HAIRSTYLE
According to Zaara Kazi, style director at a salon, “During Diwali, the best hairstyles to sport are braids and updos as they help keep the hair away from the face, and give the freedom to play and participate in functions.
USE THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR STYLING
Styling your hair into updos and braids and adding plenty of hair pins is bound to stress and aggravate your hair, which will already be dealing with all the pollution – which is why you need the right styling product. Use a protection serum or leave-in conditioner to give your hair the right amount of nourishment and moisture. It is important to use a proper cleansing shampoo, followed by a hydrating hair mask according to the hair type.”
BOOK HAIR APPOINTMENTS BEFORE THE FESTIVAL
You should ensure you have absolutely manageable hair and that it is hydrated before Diwali. After all, if you have dry or frizzy hair most hairstyles will fall flat. Celebrity hairstylist Savio John Pereira says, “Get a couple of hair spa treatments done to help the hair look smoother, shinier, and healthy to protect it and make it look it’s best right in time for Diwali festivities. Use a good leave-in product to protect the hair from excess pollution.”