The sun and your hair
03 October 2018
If you enjoy spending time outdoors swimming or being active, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your hair overtime. Just like with your skin, the sun can be damaging if you don’t take necessary precautions. Whether you have natural, colour-treated or relaxed hair, here’s how the sun affects your locks.
As you may already know, the sun is made up of ultraviolet (UV) rays. These are the harmful rays that damage the cuticle by breaking down the protein in your hair. Once the cuticle is damaged, hair becomes dry, brittle and especially weaker without the protein there to maintain its integrity.
UV rays can also penetrate the hair shaft even further and reach the pigment melanin that gives hair its colour. These rays breakdown the melanin resulting in lighter or faded hair. Dark hair lightening, and light hair fading or turning yellow is an indication that hair is overexposed to the sun.
This doesn’t however have to spell disaster if you enjoy spending time in the sun. You can protect your hair with these following tips:
Sunscreen for Hair
Use SPF-infused hair products to protect the skin on your scalp and your hair colour if you have colour treated hair. Another product good for protecting hair from the sun are thermal protectants. Be sure to focus on the ends because this is the oldest part of the hair.
Staying out of the sun between 10am and 3pm can prevent the most severe damage to your hair. During this period, UV rays are at their strongest and therefore most dangerous.
Always wear a hat whenever going outside, preferably wide brimmed so the ends of your hair are covered too. Wearing a hat is the most recommended solution from hair experts because it’s simple yet effective.
Sun goddesses and beach babes, you don’t have to give up your life outdoors if you take care of your hair like you do your skin. There’s nothing that a big hat and sunscreen can’t fix after all!
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