You rolled around in some grass or somehow got pollen in your hair.
Welcome to my life – I have 2 dogs, and this often happens to me.
I’m also allergic to pollen, and I cannot afford to wash my hair every time I get pollen stuck in it.
So, in this post, I’ll talk about a few ways to remove pollen from your hair without washing it.
It’s a bit tricky – but if you use these methods, it should help!
Let’s dive in.
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Use a blow dryer on the lowest, coolest setting to gently blow the pollen out of your hair.
You don’t need to use heat because heat is damaging.
You just need the airflow, which must be directed to the pollen.
Do not blow it inwards. Otherwise, the pollen will move further into your hair.
Make sure you’re pointing it outwards.
And also, try to hold the blow dryer a good distance away from your hair; otherwise, you’ll end up with a lot of frizz.
This is the easiest way to remove pollen from your hair without washing it.
Pollen is super light, so you should be able to get rid of most of it with this method.
2. Shake and brush
If you have straight or wavy hair and can run a brush through it, this method will work easily for you.
Gently shake your hair, use a soft-bristle brush or a wide-toothed comb, and remove the visible pollen particles.
Be gentle – don’t be harsh; otherwise, you can damage your hair or cause tangles.
3. Use a lint-roller
Every pet parent (including me) keeps one because it really comes in handy in removing fur from clothes and furniture.
But you can use it on your hair too! And it won’t damage your hair.
These are practically available to everyone, and if you don’t have one – get one!
Press a lint roller or even a wide tape dispenser against your hair and gently lift it away.
This method actually picks up a lot of pollen particles/fur/grass from your hair’s surface.
4. Use Dry Shampoo
If your hair has tiny pollen particles, dry shampoo will work.
Now, dry shampoos are designed to absorb oil and particles, but this does include pollen.
So, apply a dry shampoo to your hair and just follow the product’s instructions.
Rub it along the length of your hair and the tips. It will absorb the pollen, and you can brush it out.
5. Use a vinegar solution
If you have a spray bottle lying around and apple cider vinegar, then you can use this hack.
- Mix equal parts of water and vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar will do) in a spray bottle.
- Divide your hair into sections and spritz the solution on your hair generously while working through your hair with your hands.
- Gently brush it out.
This vinegar solution will help break down the pollen particles and make it easier to remove.
6. Use cornstarch or baby powder
Now, if you have none of the above ingredients but some corn starch or baby powder lying around, you’re in luck.
Don’t apply this directly to your scalp because it will become messy.
Instead, put some cornstarch or baby powder in your palm and then use a make-up brush to apply it to your hair and roots.
This is going to absorb the pollen and make it easier to remove.
Brush your hair uniformly to get rid of the powder and pollen.
7. Pat with a damp cloth
Dampen a clean cloth with water and gently pat your hair to help remove the pollen.
Do not rub or be harsh, because this can cause tangling or damage your hair.
Can pollen stay in your hair?
It really depends on the type of pollen.
The gardens here don’t have fine pollen and these methods usually help remove most of the pollen – so it’s good.
But if you have a lot of pollen in your hair and none of the methods are removing it completely, then you may want to wash your hair thoroughly especially if you are severely allergic.
How do you wash pollen out of your hair?
Using water should take care of most of the pollen, but I always use a shampoo to remove all the allergens since I am allergic,/ and if the sneezing doesn’t stop – I don’t have a choice but to use shampoo.
Shampoo can help break down the pollen and wash it away.
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