Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How Your Own Hair Can Trap Allergens And Make Symptoms Worse During Allergy Season

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist
Certified Brazilian Blowout Stylist

I like to talk about timely news that may have importance to my clients. Today's Internet features a video segment where The Doctors discuss how allergens are most likely spread, and one surprising conclusion is that hair can be a surprising culprit.

Hair and Your Allergies
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Yes, when you're out and about in allergy season, which is in full swing here in Texas, your hair can actually aid in carrying allergens on you, into your home, and even onto your pillow where you'll feel heightened effects. Right now we're experiencing the effects of mountain cedar, and for those that have this annoying allergy, you know how bad things can get. So what does your hair have to do with your suffering?

The Doctors (thedoctorstv.com) describe that hair has many surfaces that allergens can cling to. Use of hair sprays and hair products can make the hair shaft even easier for allergen particles to adhere to. Wearing your hair down means that these particles are close to your eyes, nose and mouth where they can irritate and trigger allergy symptoms and possibly even sinus infection for those prone to severe allergies.

Although AOL's headline "Your Hair May Be Making You Sick," may be sensationalizing things a bit, for those who suffer from bad allergies, anything that can help is worth considering. Luckily, there are several easy to do things that can help limit the effects of pollen and other allergens that can make life miserable during allergy season. First, check your local pollen counts daily and on bad days with high pollen counts, try the following:

  • Wear a ponytail or wear it swept up and away from your face
  • Wear a hat to keep your hair covered
  • Try wearing less hairspray, gels or hair products
  • Shampoo frequently and/or when pollen counts are high 
  • Wear sunglasses to keep pollens from your eyes
  • Use saline nose spray or better yet use a nasal rinse system (neti pot)
  • Use antihistamines or prescription products to help block allergens

If you wear hair extensions, you are no more or no less susceptible to clingy allergens. While shampooing frequently is probably one of the best solutions to eliminating the allergens from your hair, you risk drying out your hair even with use of gentle shampoos. You can still benefit from your current shampoo regimen with rinses of just water in between when pollen counts have been high. If you have concerns, or notice that your hair is becoming dry or split ends are developing, talk with your hair extensions stylist and get his/her advice on what to do.

TheDoctorsTV.com Video - Allergens in Your Hair
TheDoctorsTV.com Video - Sinus Infection Explained

Melissa White is an experienced, licensed hair extension artist and stylist whose passion is to bring out the natural beauty in everyone by enhancing their own individual features with the use of exquisite hair extensions in San Antonio, Texas. Melissa has over 10 years of extensive training with the industries top hair extension companies in the newest techniques. Originally from Boston, Melissa received strong training in color with two major color lines. She has been in San Antonio for the past 8 years specializing in hair extensions and the services which enhance them. She believes that everyone should be able to access and afford the hair of their dreams . . . thus the creation of Extensions of Yourself, San Antonio's first salon which specializes exclusively in quality hair extensions.