It's officially the first day of summer and thoughts of sun, sand, and relaxation are likely on your mind. And with these thoughts is probably the pesky little reminder to pack the sunscreen.
We all know sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburn and reducing the risk of skin cancer. But did you know that hair can suffer irreversible damage from the sun, too?
Why Does Hair Need Protection from the Sun?
Just like skin, hair is vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun. Overexposure damages follicles and affects the health of your hair. This happens when blood vessels become inflamed as a result of the negative effects of the sun on the natural oil barriers on your scalp.
Inflammation of these blood vessels often leads to the creation of a compound known as superoxide, which may cause your hair to enter the shedding phase. What does that mean? In a nutshell, hair loss.
How Can You Protect Hair From the Sun?
To prevent damage to hair follicles and, ultimately, hair loss, it’s important to remember to give your head plenty of protection from the sun’s rays. There are a few different ways you can go about this. Take a look below for some simple and effective hair protection ideas.
1. Hats or Scarves
Throw yourself some shade by donning a cute hat or scarf while out at the beach, the park, the lake, or anywhere else you may be exposed to direct sun for more than a few minutes. Not only does this offer superb protection from sun damage, but it also gives you a chance to show off your style.
Most people know to add their regular sunscreen to their scalp at the part and the crown, but you can add that same sunscreen to your hair as well. Simply rub some together in your palms, and then run your hands through your hair as if spreading a hair care product.
3. Hair Care Products with SPF
Speaking of hair care products, there are several options on the market that are designed to protect hair from the sun. Many of them come in a spray formula, such as conditioning sprays and hair veils. As an alternative, you can also try a natural oil for sun protection. Avocado, raspberry seed, coconut, and olive oil all protect hair while also offering other benefits.
Summer Hair Care and The Salon by Lora Brown
The Salon by Lora Brown specializes in keeping your hair healthy and gorgeous all year long. For more tips and tricks for beautiful summer hair, reach out to our beauty experts today.
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Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.