Fight Back Allergies: Natural Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor plants to clean air

Air Cleaning House Plants

Those who suffer from allergies for years may finally come to the conclusion that there is no solution to this health issue, but there is hope. There are a variety of natural ways to reverse your allergies by making sure that your indoor air quality is as natural as you can get it. There is no need to suffer in silence anymore. Here are a combination of natural ways to improve air quality and keep allergies at bay.

Plants That Clean Indoor Air

Improving the air in  your home can be as easy as bringing in plants to help do the job for you. Researchers determined that certain plant species have air purifying qualities. These are great for people who are confined indoors for hours each day, whether it’s in the office or your home. Removing toxins from your home and increasing oxygen can help fight against allergies.

Air cleaning plants can make a great gift to someone, especially someone who is bed-bound. It’s like bringing nature from outdoors to indoors. These exceptional plants are also great for plant lovers or for special occasions.  Take for example the Peace Lily, which is known for it’s wonderful air-filtering properties, this beautiful house plant would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

Air Purifier for Cleaner Air

Remove allergens and airborne particles from the air in your home with an air purifier. Pay attention to the features, which can increase the air quality even more. Some are designed with different speeds that you can adjust it to. This is yet another natural way to reduce the effects of indoor allergies, keeping your environment healthier and fresher.

If you are looking for a more powerful air purifier to remove other pollutants such as pet dander, smoke and other airborne particles, you my want to invest in the Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower Quiet Air Purifier. This is great for keeping the air in your home cleaner, reducing allergies or respiratory problems. Maintenance is easy and the filters are washable. Unlike some air purifiers, this brand is not loud.

Dusting to Help Keep the Air Cleaner

Dusting with a damp rag is also a simple way to reduce dust in your home. Also, if you use a fan, be sure to clean it often. Some fans have screws or snap-on areas for easy access, while others may need a small vacuum to do the  job. Ceiling fans can also accumulate dust overtime, so make sure you clean those too. Your home air cooling and heating system should also have regular maintenance for optimal air quality.

Healthy Dreads: Daily Maintenance of My Locs

Since I start growing locs, I take daily maintenance of my locs seriously. Therefore, I make it my duty to do whatever it takes to keep my hair looking its best. I am way past starter locs stage, so there is no reason to walk around with unkempt hair. Well, except for those days when I just feel like going for the messy look, which is not always a bad thing. Stick around to see how I care for my dreads on a daily basis.

Keeping My Locs Hydrated

I keep a spray bottle handy with some water and my favorite oils. In addition to the oils that I choose, I like to also drop a few drops of peppermint oil in it to eliminate odor from my hair. Every day I spray some of the mixture on my dreadlocks and then massage it in. As you may already know, oil and water won’t stay mixed unless you shake the bottle as you are about to spray it in your hair.

spray bottle with oils for dreads

Spray Bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

I generally spray my hair with the water and essential oil mixture two times per day. I’ll do it in the morning and in the night. Spraying it at night a few minutes before tying it with a scarf, helps to keep my hairstyle in place and looking great the next morning.

Hydrating locs with essential oil and water

Spraying Locs for Hydration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nourishing My Scalp

Don’t forget to moisturize your scalp. That is the root of success. I use my favorite oil—which a lot of you who already read my previous blog posts may already know—to massage my scalp. I may massage it every other day or so. Some oils are thick and sticky, so you may want to mix them together to give them a smoother texture.

After doing my scalp massage for a while now, I’ve noticed the difference in my locs. They seem to be more thicker, longer, and richer looking, compared to when I wasn’t doing it on a regular basis.

Covering My Locs at Night

To prevent breakage and to lock in moisture in my dreads, I typically tie my hair at nights before going to bed. This is also great for preventing pieces of lint or other debris from getting trapped in your locs.

Choose something such as a Du Rag that won’t slip off while you’re sleeping. I love the one you see me wearing in the image below. You can use the extra length at the back to rap around your dreads if they are long. These are the basic  steps I use to keep for regular dreadlocks maintenance.

Du Rag

Tying My Locs at Night

Dreadlocks Hairdo: Making Your Locs Look Professional

When your dreadlocks are short, you may find it hard to style your hair, but as it starts to grow longer, it becomes much easier to do a variety of hairstyles to suit any occasion.

Many people think locs are not suitable to wear in the workplace or to an interview, for example, but that is definitely not so. You can still look professional wearing dreads. Yes, we locs lovers can dress for the occasion just like anybody else.

Pamper Your Locs

As you may already know, over-styling your hair can lead to bald edges or other damage to your locs, so you should choose your hairdos wisely. I normally give my hair a break from styling every other week. One week I’ll wear my locs loose and the other week, I’ll retwist it and style it. This way I’m not putting too much strain on my roots and edges.

Good Diet for Healthier Dreadlocks

Keeping your dreads healthy and strong can help to eliminate damage to the delicate strands of locs. Natural hair needs as much care as other types of chemical enhanced hair, otherwise you may find that your locs will start to get thinner as time goes by. Keeping your hair in good condition also depends on your diet. Vitamins are also essential for faster growth and beautiful flowing locs.

Wearing Locs in The Workplace

People who are thinking about getting locs most times worry about how they will fit in with their co-workers. I will tell you that at first when you have starter locs, depending on your hair type, it may be more difficult to keep your hair looking neat and professional, but as your locs starts to mature, it becomes less frizzy and more easy to do a variety of hairdos.

Days When You Feel Like Giving up on Your Locs

I’ve had my days when my hair was so frizzy and dull, and I just felt like it was never going to look right, but now I love my hair so much. It just keeps getting thicker and longer. I can now do many of the styles that I always wanted to do.

I’ve even noticed that I am getting more compliments on my dreads, even from the those who used to look down on dreadlocks as unkempt or dirty. Keep putting in the work and you will see great results in due time.

The Stigma of Wearing Dreadlocks

A misconception that I would really like people to change, is the idea that because we have dreads, we don’t wash our hair or it’s supposed to be raggedy and smelly. It’s hard not to be rude when you are asked that question, but I just try to tell myself that I need to educate them about wearing locs instead of insulting them. 

Hold Your Head up High

Since I’ve started my locs journey, I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve taken better care of my natural hair than I used to when it was permed. And the great thing about it is that I feel really proud to say that my hair is all natural, and still looks beautiful. For all of you who are wearing dreadlocks, wear them proudly. The more love you put into taking care of them, the more healthy your hair will look.