How to Protect Your Hair From Smoke

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by Mary Wolff
Smokers are a fact of life. Whether you are one or you have friends that smoke, it can take a toll on your curls. Here are a few tips on how to protect your hair from smoke to keep it looking and smelling its best!

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1. Avoid smoke when you can.

If you aren’t a smoker, avoid smoke as much as you can. More and more states are outlawing smoking in public places, and you can certainly avoid it at home by asking guests not to smoke. If you go somewhere where smoking is permitted such as a night club or a casino, a good tip is to step out for fresh air as often as you can. This will help give your hair a breath of fresh air, too!

2. Seal your curls with an oil.

After exposure to smoke, it is a good idea to seal moisture in with a natural oil such as coconut oil. This will help put moisture back in while sealing the cuticle to lock hydration in. You can also put a little bit of coconut oil on your strands when you know you will be exposed to smoke as a preventive measure, but make sure you don’t use too much to avoid an oily look.

3. Wash hair after being exposed to smoke.

It is important to remove as much of that smoke from your strands as soon as you can to avoid it drying out your hair. No one wants their hair to smell like smoke because that is an unpleasant experience for you and the people around you. If you find that your regular shampoo doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, a rinse with apple cider vinegar can help remove that smoky smell.

4. Give hair a natural pick me up.

If your hair feels extra brittle after too much smoke, applying a simple mask of one part honey to one part olive oil can restore it back to health in no time. Combine the ingredients and apply to strands. Put on a shower cap and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing out.

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