If you’re like me, you probably just think about skin and sun damage, but did you know that your hair can also have sun damage too? Here are some facts and ways to help protect your locks!
While your hair can’t get skin cancer, sun damage shows up by causing faded hair color, dry & brittle hair, broken or split ends and even weakened & thinning hair. Now I’m sure if you are like me, these side effects of too much sun don’t sound like fun!
UVA and UVB rays are very powerful (the reason why you might get some color while driving or working at your desk if you sit near a window). The rays damage the hair from the cuticle all the way to the hair roots. If you’re planning to spend some quality time in the sun this summer, pack these tips along with your swimsuit, sunscreen, and sand pail.
Get a hat! One simple way to protect your hair is by wearing a hat. Hey- it acts as double duty by covering your face too! Be it a baseball cap or a fun, derby-style hat, this will help to protect your hair. Just remember that if you have long hair that a hat doesn’t cover that you protect it somehow. While SPF shampoos and conditioners might seem like a good idea, if you can wash it off, any benefits of SPF is void, so stick with a hat.
Get stylin’ with sun protection built into them! Leave in conditioners, hair sprays, and other hair styling products come equipped with SPF in them. Before you head to get some beach hair, use a SPF hair product to help make your hair healthy for years to come. You can also help your hair by using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove impurities, dirt, and SPF that has built up in your hair.
You can also be creative by making your own sunscreen. I found this simple hair sunscreen solution recipe: mix 2 teaspoons of sunscreen with 1 cup of water and mix well. Pour into a spray bottle. Apply to your hair! How easy is that?
If you use the hairdryer or other heat hair tools, take a break. Heat kills your hair. And if you spend a lot of time in the sun to boot, your hair is already weaker. So take a little break and enjoy a relaxing hair day under a hat on the beach.