Here's why you need to protect your hair and scalp from pollution
Klorane Anti-Pollution Aquatic Mint range, $18.90-$29.90, from Watsons and Sephora
The key ingredient in this range is aquatic mint that is grown organically in southwest France. It is rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant that combats free radicals. We like how the shampoo also has a cooling effect on the scalp, which feels really refreshing. The conditioner acts as an anti-pollution shield by preventing pollutants from settling in and building up in the hair. It also helps restore shine to hair, and can also be applied to the scalp to hydrate it. To round up the range, there is a purifying mist which neutralises odour from hair, including that dreaded food-court smell, for up to six hours. It also tames unruly hair while detoxifying and protecting it from pollutants without weighing it down.
Abyssian Antipollution Protein Treatment, $53, from Sephora
This can be used in place of your conditioner or hair mask, and has a patented compound that fights pollution while treating damaged hair. It is also free of silicones, mineral oils and paraben.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Triple Detox Shampoo, $41, from Sephora
This shampoo works by binding the ionic particles to pollutants to remove them from your hair and scalp, and prevent particulates from building up. It also has a soothing complex which forms a lipid layer to strengthen your scalp’s natural barrier and prevent irritation and inflammation.
Oribe Power Drops Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster, approx US$69, from Net-a-Porter
Mix three to five drops of this booster serum to help restore shine to hair. It also has hyaluronic acid, creatine and moringa seed extracts to form a barrier around your hair strands to protect them against environmental aggressors. It also works on colour-treated hair, and is vegan-friendly and free of parabens, sulphates and gluten.
Though not explicitly marketed as an anti-pollution haircare product, this shampoo has charcoal to help draw out impurities and prevent product and pollutant build-up on the scalp and hair. Peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oils relieve itchiness and have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help soothe scalp. It also has coconut oil to moisturise scalp and panthenol, a B vitamin, to strengthen hair roots and hair shaft. This is also vegan-friendly and free of silicones, sulphates, parabens and synthetic colouring.