Engines of many vehicles like trains, trucks, buses, cars, fart equipments, generators, and construction engines use diesel to produce power and do necessary work. When diesel is burnt, exhaust is produced. The exhaust is mainly composed of gases and soot.
Both of these are composed of different types of tiny particles. Some of the constituents of gases are carbon dioxide and monoxide, nitric and sulfur oxides, nitrogen dioxide and hydrocarbons. On the other hand, soot is composed of particles of carbon, metallic compounds and organic materials. All above materials are harmful for the human body.
Apart from being inhaled into the system, they also settle in human hairs and scalp, which is also harmful. Hairs are exposed to gases and soot in many ways. For example, occupations like toll booth workers, truck drivers, railroad workers, and garage workers lead to continuous exposure to diesel exhaust.
People living in or nearby heavily trafficked areas are also exposed to diesel exhaust. When a person travels by train or bus, he often finds his hairs hard. This happens due to settling of gases and soot in hairs. Diesel exhaust makes hairs grimy.
They also contain an unpleasant smell, which is sometimes very irritating. It is very important to remove diesel exhaust from hairs so that no harmful effects are resulted. There are few simple ways that prove very effective in getting diesel exhaust out of hairs. Most of these steps use household items that are easily available.
Simple Steps to Remove Diesel Exhaust Out of Hair
One of most effective and simplest ways of removing diesel exhaust from hair is to use a clarifying shampoo. Many brands of clarifying shampoo are available that can be used. Other things needed are vinegar, baking soda, bowel and conditioner. First of all, one-fourth cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of baking soda are mixed in a bowl.
This mixture is then stirred with spoon until an even fluid paste is obtained. Quantities of vinegar and baking soda depend upon length of hairs also. If hairs are long, quantities of both these can be doubled. Vinegar is used in this treatment for removing the pollutants contained in the diesel exhaust while baking soda is used for removing the smell of diesel exhaust.
Then, one fourth cup of clarifying shampoo is poured on this mixture. For long hairs, half cup of shampoo can be used. This mixture is against stirred until a cohesive preparation is obtained. For applying this mixture, hairs are first prepared. For this purpose, hairs are wetted thoroughly with lukewarm or tepid water. Hairs can be rinsed three or four times with water. Shampoo mixture is then applied on hairs.
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A gentle massage of hairs is done with fingers. After massage is over and each strand of hair is coated, mixture is left for four to five minutes for necessary action. For distributing the mixture evenly on hairs and scalp, a comb can also be used. Hairs are then rinsed with lukewarm water. If it is found that they have not cleaned perfectly, this treatment may be repeated for one more time. Removal of excess vinegar and baking soda is also necessary.
For this purpose, hairs may be shampooed with conditioning cleanser. If needed, this treatment may also be repeated. Lastly, a good quality conditioner is applied. It helps in softening and moisturizing the hairs, apart from neutralizing smell of diesel. Hairs are then rinsed thoroughly and dried before styling. Cornstarch is also effective in removing diesel exhaust out of hairs as it is a very dry substance and soaks all the oil and helps in removing greasiness.
First of all, hairs are rinsed thoroughly with water so that they become saturated. In diesel exhaust has affected hairs severely, it is better if head is tilted backwards and water is allowed to run through water for five to ten minutes. This helps in removing loose dirt and debris from hairs. While rinsing the hairs with lukewarm water, fingers may also be used for removing the tangles.
Afterwards, good quantities of cornstarch are applied so as to cover the hair and head entirely. It must be ensured that each strand of hair has been coated with cornstarch from root to tip. With the help of fingers, cornstarch should also be applied to scalp. After three to five minutes, hairs are washed thoroughly with tepid water. If scalp and hairs have become very greasy, strong dish soap has to be used.
It is applied to cornstarch treated hairs so as to form lather. With the help of fingers, a gentle massage is given so that diesel exhaust as well as cornstarch is removed form the hairs and scalp. Hairs should be rinsed three to five times with tepid water. Conditioner is then applied to hair for neutralizing the effects of dish soap. After leaving it on hairs for two to three minutes, it is washed with water. Hairs are then combed gently and styled.
Sometimes, above treatments are not sufficient to clean the hairs properly. In such cases, lemon juice is first used, which is one of best astringent. Half cup of lemon juice is mixed with cold water and applied on hairs. Gentle massage is given with fingers. After leaving this mixture for five to seven minutes, hairs are washed with water. This treatment loosens dirt and oil, which is easily removed through cornstarch or dish soap application.
Since lemon may make the hairs harsh, a deep conditioner is usually applied after this treatment. Many people also use curd after applying clarifying shampoo on hairs. Curd helps in cleaning the scalp further and also moisturizes hairs. If any smell of diesel exhaust is left, it is removed by applying curd.
Since diesel exhaust removal may also remove moisture from hairs, oil must be applied on hairs after they are dried. Olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil are the best options. All these oils help in moisturizing and strengthening hairs. It is better is oil is applied at night before going to bed so that hairs may not attract dirt again. In morning, oil can be removed using a mild shampoo.