You should be protecting your hair and scalp from the sun in summer as well as your skin. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair and scalp which can lead to dry, brittle, thinning and discoloured hair that’s difficult to style. Finer, lighter hair, hair that’s already damaged and tightly coiled hair are all more susceptible to sun damage.
If you’ve ever had sunburn on your parting, then you’ll know how painful it can be. It also comes with the same risks as getting sunburn elsewhere on your body like premature ageing, skin cancer and peeling skin.
Here’s how you can avoid all of the above and protect hair from sun damage:
1. Cover Up
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sit under an umbrella or wrap a scarf around your hair to keep it completely protected from the sun. Sitting under cover protects your skin from sun damage and premature ageing too.
2. Use Heat Protection
As well as the UVA and UVB rays from the sun, the heat can dehydrate your hair too. Use The Semi-Permanent Shine Spray to prevent damage from styling, UV exposure and pollution.
3. Start Early or Late
Avoiding the times of day when the sun is at its hottest is best for your skin and hair. We all want to have fun in the sun but limiting your exposure when the sun is highest means you can still enjoy it without the same worry.
4. Keep Hair Dry
Dipping in the pool to keep cool? Tie your hair up in a bun, wear a swim cap or make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly after swimming to protect hair from chlorine plus sun damage. At the end of each day, my go-to product for any sun or pool exposure is The Blonde Brightener.
5. Start with Healthy Hair
Keeping up with regular trims, eating a balanced diet and using the right products ahead of sun exposure can help to protect hair from further damage. The weaker your hair is to start with, the more likely it is to struggle in the sun.
6. Repair Your Hair
Using deep reparative treatments such as The Double Mask or a leave-in hair treatment like The Overnight Repair Serum provides your hair with vital nutrients and moisture to ensure that your hair is healthy and strong. They are also ideal for reducing signs of damage if you’ve overdone it in the sun and your hair needs urgent help.
Looking for some advice on how to care for your hair? Get your own personal hair consultation from The Hair Boss.