Summers are here with its prime apex and along with the unbearing heat and humidity, it also bring to you damaged hair. Too much sun exposure makes the hair go flaky and dry which in turn damages the hair from within and roots beyond repair possibilities.
Prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays damages the outer most cover of the hair strand, which is known as the cuticle. Sun damage can encounter in the forms of discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning and frizziness of the hair.
Ways to Prevent Hair Sun Damage
The sun is not fun at the moment and for as long as one can foresee. Therefore, it is deemed necessary to take necessary precautions before and afte you decide to step in the sun. Here are a few tips and tricks that you can follow in order to take care of your hair in a better manner this summer.
1. Make A Barrier
An easy and the most effetctive way to protect the hair from sun naturally is to use a physical barrier between your hair and the sun. A few examples of these barriers can be a scarf or hat. Make sure that your hat caters to the protection against the sun. There are hats in the market which are rated with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). This is the finest bet to minimize hair's direct exposure to the sun. Otherwise, choose a tightly woven fabric over the head which cannot let in sun's harmful rays.
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2. Keep The Scalp Healthy
Hair protects the scalp from the sun and its damage but it may not do it completely. The scalp isn’t used to getting much direct sunlight therefore, it can be extremely sensitive and fragile. Too much sun on your scalp can cause sunburn and dryness, which in turn affects the roots of the hair. Make sure to apply SPF to your part and moisturize. Sun also tends to build extra oil on the scalp due to sweat hence fore, wash your hair atleast two to three times a week. Use a mild sulphate free shampoo.
3. Add SPF to Your Hair
Yes, you read it right. There is an SPF for the hair just as the skin. Like you already put sunscreen for your skin, you should also consider adding an SPF product designed for your head in your hair care routine. Hair SPFs are generally in the form of a spray or powder-based shield. These are readily available in the market as well as online stores and websites.
4. Refrain Peak Sunlight Hours
To avoid getting sunburned and hair damaged, it’s best to steer clear of sun exposure during the hottest part of the day i.e. in the afternoons. This practice will help in protecting your hair. If you still intend a plan to be outside, aim for the same in the morning or late afternoon. Although, you won’t totally escape the sun, but one can always avoid some of the harshest and most damaging rays in the peak hours.
5. Regular Oiling
Among the various oil that are being bought and sold in the market, olive oil was found to contain the highest value of SPF. Therefore, regular oiling the hair and then applying a hair serum will help the hair in staying healthy even after its contact with the sun's heat.
Follow these simple, easy to do and at home tips for a better hair health this summer season. Beat the heat and make sure that you are well hydrated as hydration is the key for a better skin and hair.