7 Brilliant Ways To Protect Your Hair And Scalp From Sun Damage
By now, you don’t need anyone to tell you about the importance of sunscreen. Without it, you’re susceptible to an increased risk of sunburn (ouch), visible ageing (no thank you), and skin cancer (scary). But there’s still one area you probably neglect: the top of your head.
“The skin on your scalp is prone to sunburn just like the rest of your body and should be treated with the same degree of respect,” says Dr Irene Gladstein, founder and medical director at ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts in New York City.
Not only does stepping out sans UV protection leave you susceptible to cancer, but it can also lead to hair loss, oxidation, and breakage. “Your hair could get dry and brittle,” says George Papanikolas, Matrix celebrity colourist. “Burning the scalp can also cause damage to the follicle and potential hair loss.”
Plus, that perfect shade you achieved at the salon could look completely different after a day in the sun. “Colour-treated hair has a higher chance of fading, as the colour molecules are more delicate and sun exposure will cause them to oxidize,” says Papanikolas.
How to protect your hair and scalp from sun damage
The best way to keep your colour intact and your scalp safe from sunburn? With a hat, of course. But be sure to opt for one that offers UPF protection. If a hat doesn’t exactly go with your outfit or swimming plans, the next best thing is to generously apply sunscreen to exposed parts of the scalp and yes, even your hair.
“Cover all exposed areas of the scalp, look for SPF with broad-spectrum protection, and reapply every hour or two, more often if you’re in the water,” says Dr Gladstein.
If you plan on spending any time poolside, you should also be mindful of chlorine. “Sun, salt and chlorine are common culprits when it comes to hair damage,” says Dr Gladstein. “Don’t forget to rinse your hair out as soon as you’re done with water activities.”
Fortunately, using sunscreen for your hair doesn’t need to be a greasy nightmare, especially thanks to nourishing mists, creams, and pre-sun products that offer protection from the sun’s harmful ways without sacrificing your style.
Papanikolas says using a product specifically for your hair will yield the best results, all while offering an extra level of protection. “It will make your styling much easier and protect you from UV rays and heat damage,” he says.
Perfect Touch Hair Spray Ultra
Provides the ultimate control for hard-to-hold hairstyles. With UV sunscreens to protect your hair. This is a non-sticky, non-flaking, and anti-static spray perfect for any hair type.
Jabu Stone Multi Purpose Spray
Rocking locks or braids? Try this spray that provides hair with rich moisture and keeps it protected from sun damage. It’s ideal for detangling.
Vichy Dercos Nutri Reparative Masque
Contain keratin-complex which repairs the hair and omega 3, 6 & 9 restores strength to dry hair. Contains UV filters that ensure optimum protection.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent Touch-Up Creme
A crème that instantly seals hair to stop frizz as well as give UV protection.
Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray
This spray contains a blend of antioxidants to neutralize even the most aggressive free radicals generated by UV. Has sunscreens to help absorb UV rays and thermal protection against heat.
Milkshake Incredible Milk
The clever multi-tasker protects from harmful UV rays, maintains colour, repairs all hair types, acts as a heat protector, detangles and maintains style. The miracle treatment adds maximum shine to locks, creates body and volume and controls frizz!
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Just Pure Scalp & Hair Elixir
Use as a delicious deep treatment to soothe your scalp and stimulate follicles, naturally encouraging healthy hair and revitalising the scalp. Superb for head massages and protecting hair against sun, saltwater and chlorine.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com