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The City's New Hair Care Trend: Protecting Your Tresses from Air Pollution

Chicago woman walking the lake front with a barely visible skyline obscured by current air pollution conditions

Greetings, Chicagoans! As we all know, the Windy City is famous for its stunning architecture, vibrant culture, and thriving community. However, there's one aspect of city life that often goes unnoticed, yet has a significant impact on our hair health - air pollution. In this blog post, we'll delve into the current air quality concerns in Chicago and provide you with valuable tips on protecting your precious locks from the harmful effects of pollution. So, sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of haircare in an urban jungle!

Current Air Quality Concerns.

Chicago, like many metropolitan areas, faces its fair share of air pollution challenges. Despite efforts to improve air quality, the city often experiences elevated levels of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These airborne pollutants can have detrimental effects on our hair, leading to dryness, brittleness, and even scalp issues. With the ever-increasing traffic, industrial activities, and other urban factors, it's crucial to take proactive steps to safeguard our hair from these pollutants.

Protecting Your Hair from Air Pollution.

1. Shield Your Strands: Wearing a hat, scarf, or using an umbrella can act as a physical barrier between your hair and the polluted air. Not only will this help prevent direct contact with harmful particles, but it will also shield your scalp from excessive sun exposure.

R+Co Biodome aerosol spray to protect and purify hair

We reached out to our friend, Travis Smith, at R+Co for advice, too. “Biodome spray would be great to use if you feel like the smokey scent is attaching to your hair. It’s like an air purifier for your hair,” he says.

2. Deep Cleansing Rituals: Regularly incorporating deep cleansing products into your haircare routine is essential to rid your hair of accumulated pollutants. Look for shampoos and conditioners specifically designed to detoxify and purify the hair and scalp, effectively removing impurities and revitalizing your locks.

R+Co Teacup detoxifying rinse to purify the hair and scalp, effectively removing impurities and revitalizing hair

Travis also recommends Tea Cup, R+Co’s detox rinse. It removes impurities, leaving the hair feeling softer, more manageable and easy to brush through.

3. Moisturize and Nourish: Pollution can strip your hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dull and lifeless. Combat this by using hydrating masks, leave-in conditioners, and natural oils to replenish lost moisture and restore shine. Opt for products rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals and protect your hair from environmental damage.

4. Frequent Trims: Regular hair trims play a crucial role in maintaining healthy hair, especially in polluted areas. Trimming your hair every 8-12 weeks helps remove split ends and prevents further damage caused by pollution. It also promotes healthier hair growth, allowing you to maintain a luscious mane.

5. Protective Styles: Consider opting for protective hairstyles such as braids, buns, or updos. These styles not only shield your hair from environmental aggressors but also minimize the exposure of your strands to pollutants. Additionally, incorporating silk or satin hair accessories and pillowcases can reduce friction and protect your hair from damage.

Living in a bustling city like Chicago doesn't mean compromising on healthy, beautiful hair. By being aware of the current air quality concerns and taking proactive steps to protect our hair from pollution, we can maintain our luscious locks and radiate confidence wherever we go. Embrace these haircare tips, visit your trusted salon for expert advice, and let your hair shine amidst the urban jungle. Together, we can conquer the hair-pollution battle and embrace healthier, more resilient tresses!




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