You need sunscreen. Whether the sun is out or not. We have heard this many a times. It also holds true for your hair. Your hair exposed to the same amount of the radiation and heat. It is also just as delicate as your skin.
All of us yearn for healthy, strong and luscious hair strands but achieving them is quite a task. Our hair undergoes damage almost every single day of our lives in some or the other way. The intense pollution, styling, stress, unhealthy eating habits and of course the sun leave our tresses distressed making them rough, dry and brittle.
Just like the skin, our hair too needs protection from the external environment, especially from the sun. The harsh rays of the sun directly strength of the sun by fading the proteins and the building factor of the hair. This necessitates the fact that the hair must be protected satisfactorily to ensure that they are protected from the damage.
With the rising awareness amongst the people for their hair care and adequate protection, many brands are coming up with hair sunscreens.
Benefits of a Hair Sunscreen
- Challenges the harmful effects of sun rays on hair
- Essentially and effectively protect and guard the hair strands
- Averts damage on the hair as it acts as a complete hair coat
- Retains and restores adequate moisture content and hydration in the hair and scalp
- Prevents the hair from getting dry, rough and brittle
- Ensures that the hair structure stays in place
Some Natural Fixes for Sunscreens
There is nothing that proves to be as effective as natural ingredients for hair. The natural ingredients are naturally instilled with active goodness that has excellent remedial yet protective properties.
Coconut Milk and Lavender Essential Oil
The Coconut milk is naturally rich in Vitamin B and Fatty Acids that reinstate the lost moisture content in the hair strands. It replenishes the hair follicles by working like building blocks of proteins. Whereas, Lavender Essential Oil seamlessly nourishes the scalp while ensuring healthy skin. It even has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which are an added advantage to that of ensuring healthy hair.
Take both of these natural ingredients into a container and mix them well. Apply this mixture on your hair generously and let it stay on a while. Wash off your hair after half an hour with a sulfate-free shampoo.
Aloe Vera Gel
The naturally extracted aloe vera gel truly has numerous benefits for the hair and one of them being shielding the strands from the effects of the harmful sun rays. It soothes the strands while making them shiny. It even nourishes and moistures the scalp while encouraging regrowth of hair.
Get your hands on an aloe vera leaf and extracts some aloe vera gel. Apply it on your hair scalp and your hair strands properly. Wash it off after 20-25 minutes till your hair absorb its goodness. You can wash it off later.
Lemon, Egg, and Tree Tea Essential Oil
The combination of all the three ingredients has a rich content of protein and vitamins for the nourishment of the hair follicles. The tea tree oil has special benefits of shielding the hair while the other two ingredients essentially work on improving the condition of the hair. Eggs have always been known to tame frizz and Lemon is power-packed with Vitamin C to avert hair damage.
Combine all the three ingredients in a container to make a smooth paste. Then apply it on the entire length of the hair strands. Let it stay on your hair for about 40 minutes and then wash it off.
- Hair Sunscreen should be made an innate part of the hair care routine. Just like one applies sunscreen on the skin, one should even apply sun protection on hair for the indelible good health of the hair.
- These small efforts for your hair can make a huge difference to your hair condition in the long run.
(In conversation with Dr. Nivedita Dadu, Dermatologist, and Founder, Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic)
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