Why Is It Important To Protect Our Hair From Helmet?

Wearing a helmet is a must whenever we ride a bike or even a bicycle. It is as important as the brakes. Accidents happened uniformed and sometimes not from our fault but rather of someone else’s. So the best thing to do is be concerned about our safety at all times whenever we are riding on the streets. While wearing a helmet is a necessity, did you know that they also serve as an important reason behind hair loss? The most common reason behind helmets causing hair fall is the incorrect size or that it is made of poor quality materials.

Do We Face Hair Loss Due To Wearing A Helmet?

does helmet cause hair fall

If you’re wondering whether we face hair fall by wearing helmets then yes, we do. It mostly happens if we aren’t gentle while wearing or taking off our helmets. Often we are in such a rush that we take off our helmet even if they tug on to our hair. Our hair is gentle so pulling them can easily lead to their breakage. It sometimes even gets jammed in the locks of our helmets. On wearing helmets, if you feel tension then it’s a sign that you aren’t wearing it properly and something is wrong. Helmets are supposed to be comfortable. Uncomfortable helmets can cause traction alopecia which is a form of hair loss in which mechanical damage to the hair follicle is caused by repeated tension or pulling. Receding hairline typically around the forehead, temples, or nape, small pimples appearing on the scalp or at the base of braids, redness, itching, and ulcers on the scalp are all signs of traction alopecia. The most important reason why you need to purchase a perfect sized helmet that fits well is that a loose one can slide off too easily and an extremely tight one can cause headaches, suffocation and hair loss. When riding a bicycle, your body produces excessive sweat, so does riding a bike in heat. The close surface of the helmet absorbs this sweat and thus bacteria build up. Over time, the padded area of the helmet becomes a hotspot of bacteria and other germs and since warm and moist areas promote the breeding of bacteria, it only gets worse from there onwards. On wearing the same helmet, the same bacteria gets transferred to your scalp which in turn causes hair fall and sometimes even leads to a scalp infection. Bacterial folliculitis is an infection that is caused in the scalp due to germs accumulation. It occurs when hair follicles become infected with bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus (staph). It appears as acne and inflammation rings and causes a lot of irritation. In case of these signs match, we recommend you to see a hair specialist right away and get it treated. In the long run, it can lead to baldness and even spread to other people around you who might share a comb or towel with you.

How Can We Protect Our Hair From The Damage Caused By Wearing A Helmet?

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Now that you know all about the damages that a helmet can cause to your hair, it is only wise for you to check out the ways in which you can prevent the same. Every problem has a solution and so does this. Here are some things you can do to protect your hair from the damage caused by wearing a helmet:

Wash Your Hair

Wash Your Hair

Keeping your hair clean is the best thing you can do to make sure that dirt and bacteria do not become the reason behind your hair fall. Wash your hair twice a week with a mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner to restore the lost shine. Remember to wash off the shampoo thoroughly otherwise that too can trigger the bacteria and cause more damage than solve.

Nourish Your Hair

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A well-nourished hair is a key to less hair fall. For this, you can either use a hair serum of your choice post-shower or even use light oils like jasmine oil and apply it to the tips of your hair slightly. This will tame your hair and also decrease the risk of friction.

Biker’s Mask Is A Must

To make sure any bacteria which already exists in the helmet does not get transferred to your scalp, place a piece of cotton cloth or a handkerchief on your head. Due to the ongoing pandemic, people are also wearing shower caps before putting on a helmet to make sure no transfer of germs takes place.

Deep Massages

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If you are already suffering from hair loss and you think that it could be because of your helmet then try giving yourself a head massage with warm coconut oil. It is said that Coconut Oil Is The King Of Oils and it really helps in improving the circulation of blood in your scalp. Good circulation, therefore, results in hair growth.

Dry Your Hair Before Wearing A Helmet

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As mentioned before, damp places are the breeding ground of bacteria. Hence to make sure your helmet is not so, make sure your hair is dry before you put on a helmet. Wet hair breaks more easily than dry hair, so the hair loss will be a lot more.

Get A Good Helmet

helmet material selection

A helmet that fits you perfectly is a must. When purchasing a helmet, remember to check the inside stuffing and the material used in it. A good quality helmet is an investment you shouldn’t shy away from.

Keep Your Helmet Clean

how to clean bike helmet

Whether you use your helmet or someone borrows it from you, make sure to clean the helmet with an antibacterial solution after each use for removal of germs from it.

What Makes an Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Different From An Alcohol-Free One?

Even though hand sanitizers have existed around us for a while, their importance is now recognized more than ever. The ongoing pandemic has reminded us of the basic hygiene habits which all of us were anyway supposed to be following all our lives. The best way to protect ourselves from novel coronavirus is by keeping our hands clean and wearing a mask. While health professionals suggest that washing our hands with soap and water thoroughly is the ideal way to clean our hands, it is not always possible to do so when outdoors. In such situations, hand sanitizers are our best and only option. But hold on! Using just any sanitizer does not help. Not knowing the content of a sanitizer before using it can have the opposite effect and rather than protecting your hands it can cause more damage to them. Currently, the Indian market is flooded with sanitizers ranging from low to high prices. Most sanitizers are either alcohol or non-alcohol based. Studies have shown that hand sanitizers with alcohol are the best choice because it is the alcohol present in them that helps kill the germs present in your hand. They are also preferred due to their extended longevity power. This doesn’t necessarily mean that non-alcohol based sanitizers are no good. They too can protect your hands without leaving them dry like sandpaper. To know more about these two kinds of hand sanitizers, continue reading!

Everything about Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

what makes an Alcohol-based hand sanitizer effective is the alcohol content in them. Most of them contain 60%-95% quantity of alcohol and It is this property which lets these sanitizers claim that they kill 99.9% germs. Places that see a lot of human traffic or have a lot of ill patients such as hospitals, nursing homes and offices and malls use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as it gets the job done perfectly and quickly. The alcohol in the hand sanitizers is responsible for making the hand feel fresh and eliminating the germs on the surface of the hand. Their compact size makes them travel friendly and so they can easily be carried around without causing any inconvenience. Not only alcohol hand sanitizer kills germ from your hands but also protect you against harmful flu causing viruses. Due to the low boiling point of these types of sanitizers they evaporate easily thereby making sure that they don’t linger on your hands for too long. Sometimes, applying alcohol hand sanitizer too frequently can also dry up your hands. If you too face similar issues, then consider using a moisturizer after the hand sanitizer has dried up to make sure your hands are soft again. Also, remember to only use a pea-size amount and not a lot. Using too much hand sanitizer does not mean it will kill more germs. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are extremely flammable so never go near flame after applying it. People often meet with fire accidents in the kitchen when they go to cook after applying this kind of hand sanitizer. If you want to clean your hands before cooking then use soap and water instead.

Everything about Non-Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers

Non-Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer

As already mentioned, the alcohol content in hand sanitizer is the key component. Therefore sanitizers that are alcohol-free do not perform as good as alcohol-based ones. They cannot kill the germs as effectively and need to be applied more frequently than the latter kind. On the plus side, this type of hand sanitizer does not dry up your skin and the harm caused by consumption of it due to carelessness is a lot less. To make the sanitizer effective without having alcohol, hand sanitizer manufacturers use quaternary ammonium compounds as their main ingredient. These sanitizers also create a little foam-like texture when rubbed between the palms. It is the 0.1% concentration of Benzalkonium present in these sanitizers that prevent your hands from getting dried up as it has moisturizing abilities. They are also less hazardous and so are the accidents caused by them. Most parents prefer giving alcohol-free hand sanitizers to their young children who may consume it by mistake. 

KMP Ayurvedic Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel

KMP Ayurvedic Instant Hand Sanitizer Gel

To solve this issue, KMP has come up with a product that finds the middle ground. KMP ayurvedic hand sanitizer has the perfect amount of alcohol in it and is also enriched with the goodness of ayurvedic components such as Neem and Tulsi. These two ingredients are considered to be the highest in the herb family and have innumerable benefits. The gel texture of this hand sanitizer makes sure that it gets easily absorbed in your skin in a matter of seconds. To beat the foul smell of alcohol which most sanitizers available in the market today have, this gel hand sanitizer comes in two fragrances namely, Neem and Sandalwood. Both these fragrances have a soothing smell that lingers long after the sanitizer has evaporated. Due to its ayurvedic nature, KMP ayurvedic hand sanitizer does not dry out your hands even after regular application.

The Why, How, When and Other Questions Related to Hand Sanitizers and COVID-19 – Stay Protected!

Staying protected from the dreaded coronavirus pandemic is everyone’s topmost priority right now.

The FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) is working closely with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), manufacturers of medical products and international partners to address the outbreak.

But, you can forget about a vaccine for the virus until 2021.

So, what can you do till then to keep yourself and loved ones safe?

  1. Stay home – as much as you can!
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer
  3. Wear a mask or get a PPE kit for when you have to step out of your home
  4. Follow the symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate yourself if you realize that you have any of the symptoms. Keep yourself updated by reading the coronavirus knowledge hub.

Now, it is true that hand sanitizers are not a new concept, but Indians, in particular,did not use them so much as they’re doing it now. This has resulted in a lot of misinformation regarding the use of hand sanitizers.

For starters, not all hand sanitizers are created equal. If the sanitizer you are using is not an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with the alcohol content being more than 60%, it is not helping you at all. You are just wasting your money and not protecting yourself from COVID-19 or from any bacteria and virus for that matter.

So, given that using hand sanitizer is a relatively new thing and something that everyone has to get used to now because we are officially in the ‘new normal’ stage, here are the answers to the most common questions. Go through them and be prepared.

Q) Are All Types of Hand Sanitizers Effective Against The Coronavirus?

Alcohol Hand Sanitizer

A) No, they’re not.

Only alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective against COVID-19. According to the CDC, sanitizers containing 60% to 95%of alcohol is recommended. Sanitizers with a lower alcohol content or no alcohol at all are not effective in killing germs, especially one as potent as the coronavirus.

Q) Is Hand Sanitizer an Alternative to Washing Hands with Soap and Water?

Washing Hands with Soap and Water vs. Hand Sanitizer

A) No, it is not an alternative.

CDC says that the best way to prevent the spread of germs and infections is by washing hands with water and soap. Hands must be washed for a minimum of twenty seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after sneezing, coughing or blowing one’s nose.

But, wherever soap and water are not available, the next best option is using a hand sanitizer. For instance, when you are out to buy groceries, going on a drive or traveling in public transport. Also, in a lot of places in India and abroad, water scarcity is a reality. In such situations, hand sanitizers are the best option.

Q) Can I Make Hand Sanitizers At Home?

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

A) FDA recommends that you do not make your own hand sanitizer at home. If you make it incorrectly, the hand sanitizer will be ineffective. It will give you a false sense of being protected from germs when in reality, you’re not.

Moreover, there have been a lot of cases where DIY hand sanitizers have gone awry and caused skin burns.

So, don’t take that risk.

Q) What Measures Have Been Taken By the FDA to Improve the Supply of Hand Sanitizers?

Supply and Demand of Hand Sanitizer

A) Currently, the world is under a public health emergency. To that end, the FDA has developed guidelines to be followed by pharmacies and manufacturers to produce more hand sanitizers.

Also, many temporary manufacturers have been allowed to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizers, provided they meet the standards of the FDA.

Initially, there was a gap between demand and supply where hand sanitizers are concerned. But, today, you will easily get it as the manufacturing of sanitizers have been amped up.

Q) Is Adding Alcohol to Any Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Work the Same Way as an Alcohol-Based Sanitizer?

Alcohol Hand Sanitizer

A) No. Simply adding alcohol to any non-alcohol sanitizer is not going to be an effective product.

Q) Are There Any Warnings That One Must Be Aware Of?

Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol

A) Yes, there are a few things that you need to be aware of.

  1. Always remember to read the label before purchasing and using hand sanitizer. Read the instructions carefully. All sanitizers do not contain the same amount of alcohol. So, READ!
  2. You need to store sanitizer in a place that is away from the direct rays of the sun.
  3. Keep the sanitizer away from children’s reach. While it is not harmful for children to use sanitizer, it can quickly become harmful when they decide to ingest it. This can result in alcohol poisoning (even in adults!) In that case, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor!
  4. Beware of methanol-based sanitizers. The FDA warns that methanol contamination can lead to vomiting, headache, nausea, seizures or even permanent damage to the nervous system. Remember that sanitizers are made of ETHANOL (or ethyl alcohol) and not METHANOL. Also, be aware of other such cheap variants.

Q) How to Use Hand Sanitizer Correctly?

 Right Way to Use Hand Sanitizer

A) The best times to use hand sanitizer is when you have shaken hands, riding public transportation, have touched a grocery cart or touched an animal. The correct usage of a sanitizer is:

  • Pour the recommended amount on the palm of your hand (read the directions given by the manufacturer on the label)
  • Rubs your hands together and make sure to cover your entire hand including in between your fingers
  • Stop rubbing the sanitizer only when your skin feels dry

Q) When Not To Use Hand Sanitizer?

How to Use Hand Sanitizer

A) You should not use hand sanitizer, but look for soap and water when:

  • Your hands are very greasy and the dirt is visible
  • When there is the availability of soap and water
  • Your hands are covered in chemicals

As of 12th July 2020, the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is 12.5 million. Use hand sanitizer properly. Do your bit in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Why Hand Sanitizer Should be an Integral Part of Your Workplace Setting?

A few months ago, the mysterious virus causing pneumonia-like symptoms was heard for the first time in the history of mankind. Today, much of the world has come to a standstill. Over 4 billion people across the globe are maintaining some form of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts have said that the virus may never go away, even with the introduction of vaccines. But, the lockdown will not continue forever. It will be over one day and already countries have started relaxing lockdown rules, including in India. There will come a time (sooner than later) to rejoin work, but given the nature of the coronavirus, everything is going to be different. Offices and other public places will have to follow strict disinfectant guidelines to make it safe for everyone.

When at work, employees make use of their hands to open doors, write up a report, shake hands with a new client and so much more. These activities expose hands to harmful bacteria and germs, which result in productivity loss and a high rate of absenteeism. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world to take hand hygiene seriously, 80% of all common infections were transmitted by hands. The coronavirus simply got added to that ever-growing list and if you still do not take the hygiene of your hands seriously, it will be too late. While the first thought would be to wash hands using water and soap, these are not always available. The next best thing is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The bottle of sanitizer can be carried in your pocket or kept on your office desk, and you can use it whenever you shake someone’s hand or have been working too long on your system. As a matter of fact, one of the disinfectant guidelines states that offices should place hand sanitization stations to promote a safe and healthy working environment.

Hand sanitizers must be a part of the workplace culture and environment because:

hand sanitizer in the workplace
  • Alcohol-based sanitizers are known to kill 99.9% germs
  • Good hand hygiene promotes good health and reduces absenteeism among employees
  • Employees who use hand sanitizer frequently have lower chances of getting sick
  • Using a hand sanitizer for 30 seconds kills as much bacteria as washing hands for 2 minutes

When you are selecting hand sanitizer for the office or for your personal use, make sure that the alcohol content is above 60% and not more than 95%. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has more than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol.

Important locations for keeping hand sanitizers at office:

Companies that encourage employees to regularly use hand sanitizer have healthier workers. Employees should be encouraged to use hand sanitizer at least 5 times a day. However, with the pandemic still going large and strong, it is suggested that one should use the sanitizer as frequently as possible, especially before and immediately after shaking someone’s hand. The only way that employees will make use of hand sanitizers frequently if it is easily accessible and within their sight. Here are a few key places at an office where hand sanitizers should be placed:

  • Entry and exit points – Doorknobs are hotbeds for germs and bacteria. As per CBS News, a single germ-filled door handle can infect half the office within a few hours. So, if a hand sanitization station can be set up near all the entrances and exits, whoever walks through the door is likely to sanitize their hands immediately. This will prevent the spread of infection.
hand sanitizer for workplace
  • Desk of every employee – You might think that you have the cleanest hands in the entire office, but germs and bacteria could be crawling all over your desk. It could be that someone else was on your desk, using your computer, mouse and phone. Whatever be the reason, desks are not always the cleanest of places, but to continue working and keeping yourself safe, it is advised that you use a hand sanitizer. Keep one at your desk so that you can use it frequently.
  • Cafeterias –Food shouldn’t be consumed with germ-ridden hands. This is why hand sanitizers must be easily available in cafeterias, food rooms or any place in the office where food is consumed. The kitchen and the breakroom is considered to be the most germ-filled place in an office. Even though hand sanitizer is not a replacement to washing hands with soap or water, it can help prevent the spread of diseases when water and soap are not easily available.
  • Conference or meeting room – Conference or meeting rooms are generally packed with employees and also other visitors. There is a lot of shaking hands and lot of spit flying when excited employees are giving presentation to impress a new client. There may also be a lot of banging on the table when conversations get heated. This is why one must safeguard their hands from germs and make generous use of sanitizer.
  • Outside the bathroom – Inside the bathroom, you can water and soap. You can use that to clean your hands. But, do you think everybody cleans their hands properly? Sadly, not! This is why a bottle of hand sanitizer kept outside the bathroom is a good backup and it helps in making double sure that the employee leaving the bathroom has germ-free hands.

To conclude, you don’t want to fall sick and you don’t want your employees to fall sick. A healthy workforce is crucial for taking the success of your business to the next level. A bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer can do wonders when it comes to fighting germs and it can keep the workplace clean and healthy. So, start working on getting bulk sanitizers and setting up a sanitization station before employees start coming back.

COVID-19 & Hand Sanitizers: Here are the Answers that You are Dying to Know

You already know about COVID-19. After all, you are living through your worst nightmare, what with the extended lockdowns. Even those who thought work-from-home was much better than going to the office each day is craving to step outside and smell the fresh air. Everyone is waiting with bated breath for things to go back to normal. But, that’s not happening anytime soon. As reported by CNET, leaders warn that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. There is a possibility of a second wave coming real soon.

Amidst the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, the demand for alcohol-based hand sanitizers has skyrocketed across the seven continents. WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have stated that sanitizers are not just a quick fix, but its diligent use, along with maintaining the practice of social distance is possibly the best way to keep the virus away. Additionally, it is crucial to maintain one’s personal hygiene and a balanced diet to prevent the risk of getting infected, as well as, spreading the virus to others.

While almost everyone is aware of the basics before purchasing a hand sanitizer, it can get difficult to separate facts from fiction, thanks to WhatsApp University’s forwards.

So, let’s find the answers to some of the lingering questions about hand sanitizers that might have crossed your mind.

Question 1: Why 60% and above, and not 100% alcohol concentration?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Alcohol is considered to be highly effective in killing microbes, including viruses and bacteria. However, you cannot rub undiluted alcohol on your palms as that will dry out your skin or even cause irritation. This is the reason why hand sanitizers make use of Isopropyl alcohol. You can use sanitizers as frequently as you want, and it will not cause any irritation or dryness.

Studies have shown that hand sanitizers need to have at least 60% alcohol to be able to kill viruses and germs. The FDA recommends a concentration between 60% and 95% isopropanol (ethanol) alcohol to be the most effective in protecting against coronavirus. The more the alcohol concentration, the more is the sanitizer’s germicidal efficiency.

But, 100% alcohol concentration is not recommended as that leads to dryness of skin and itchiness.

Question 2: Is a pump of hand sanitizer enough to kill the virus in the hand?

Hand sanitizer India

Just like with water and soap, hand sanitizers are effective only when you use it in the proper way. If you don’t use the right amount or the right technique, it won’t work.

When you use a sanitizer, make sure that your hands are covered entirely. You can take a few drops in one palm of your hand and then, rub your hands together. Do not forget to rub it between your fingers as well and remember not to rub too quickly. Once the sanitizer is completely absorbed, stop only then.

However, if you are coughing or sneezing into your hands, just a pump won’t be enough to disinfect your hands. Since your hands may have been contaminated with mucous, you will need to apply more than a few drops. If water and soap are available, make sure to wash your hands properly after you’ve sneezed.

Question 3: Is making homemade sanitizers a good idea?

Homemade Sanitizers

You might have received a number of WhatsApp forwards claiming that you can make homemade alcohol-based hand sanitizers. You may have even seen several DIY hand sanitizer videos on YouTube, including those that use hard liquor like, vodka. But, in such alcohol, the ethanol concentration is generally 30-45%, which is not very high and not enough to kill microbes. Moreover, pure alcohol evaporates quickly and fails to kill viruses or bacteria efficiently, especially when the air is not very humid.

While rubbing alcohol on scrapes and cuts could be useful, a DIY hand sanitizer is not a good idea.

Question 4: Is there an expiry date on hand sanitizers?

Hand sanitizers come with an expiry date

Unfortunately, yes. Hand sanitizers come with an expiry date, just like everything else in life. Alcohol is volatile, and therefore, it slowly evaporates with the passage of time and the sanitizer starts to lose its ability to effectively kill viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Even though the scarcity of hand sanitizers due to the COVID-19 pandemic might make a lot of people overlook this factor, it is best if you don’t. Make sure that you’re not using a sanitizer that has already expired.

Hopefully, this clears all your doubts regarding hand sanitizers. Make sure to get sanitizers with more than 60% alcohol concentration, preferably between 80 and 95% as you need to defeat the deadly coronavirus.

Question 5: Are hand sanitizers more effective than washing hands using water and soap?

Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol

Even though hand sanitizers have somewhat become a staple today, they are not a replacement to soap and water. So, do not use hand sanitizers as a substitute. If soap/hand wash and water are available, make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. For maintaining proper hand hygiene, it is important that you wash your hands using an antibacterial soap or hand wash.

Coming to hand sanitizers, they’re waterless solutions and perfect for use when water and soap are not easily available. You can carry hand sanitizer bottles in your pocket, bag or car. They are a quick fix to eliminate germs and saves you the trouble of looking for soap and water when you are camping or out on the road.

However, water scarcity is a real issue in today’s world. This is why you are recommended to use hand sanitizers frequently even when you are home in lockdown. But, also make it a point to wash your hand with soap and water in between using hand sanitizers. This will make sure that your hands are clean and germ-free.

Friendly advice: Do not drink hand sanitizers. They don’t work that way. They’re only for your hands.