Most people know the importance of utilizing sun screen to protect our skin, from the sun's damaging rays. But, are you aware that the same rays, can also cause significant damage to your hair and scalp?
If you hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA & UVB rays will damage the cuticle of your hair (remember those shingles we have talked about). These rays can also effect the protective barrier of natural oils on our scalp by causing blood vessels to dilate and become inflamed – GUESS WHAT HAPPENS THEN……. you start experiencing increased shedding and eventually hair loss.
So, technically your hair strands can't BURN from the sun – but the rays will break down the cuticle, leaving your hair dry, damaged and frizzy. Let's take a look at signs of sun damage:
- dry/brittle strands
- broken or split ends
- thinning & frizziness
Damaged hair will have a dry look and feel. It will be unmanageable and won't hold a style and USUALLY damaged hair will dry quickly!
Certain hair types are more vulnerable to the sun's damage, including FINE and LIGHT-COLORED. Also, more at risk for hair damage from the sun, are African American's due to the flat & coil shape of the natural hair.
The sun rays act like bleach on the hair – Bleach reacts with the melanin in the hair and removes the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. Bleach also damages the cuticle & protein (AKA Keratin).
Finer, lighter hair lacks the thickness or pigments that can protect it from the sun's rays.
Making Things Even WORSE:
Hot styling tools, chlorinated water or lightening your hair can make your hair more vulnerable. All of these things damage the outer cuticle – which allows the sun rays and heat to penetrate the hair further – resulting in further damage.
Steps to Prevent Sun Damage:
- Go out early or late – just as you would to protect your skin
- Wear a Hat or Scarf or use an umbrella to block the sun rays
- If you are going to be swimming in chlorinated waters – wet your hair prior to entering the pool with “clean” water and make sure you rinse the chlorinated water out, as soon as possible.
- Use hair products that contain Crodasorb
What is Crodasorb:
Crodasorb is a powerful ingredient in FEW hair care products but has several benefits, including:
- Protects natural and chemically altered hair color, as well as gray hair
- Absorbs high amounts of UVB and UVA rays
- Penetrates the hair, allowing it to protect both the cuticle and the cortex of the hair
- Helps to smooth the cuticle for less damage and breakage
- Direct exposure to the sun can damage healthy, non-chemically treated hair, but coloring or lightening you hair can make it more vulnerable to become weaker, dry and brittle, making it more susceptible to split ends.
- The sun can also alter your hair's color. If you're brunette and your hair is left unprotected in the sunlight for hours, its color may become lighter or reddish. Bleached or chemically treated hair can yellow, dull and fade.
- As with the rest of your skin, your scalp can easily by harmed too if exposed directly to the sunlight for prolonged periods. Having said this, covering your scalp will reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
- Leave in plenty of conditioner before enjoying a hot, sunny day at the beach or the pool to avoid losing – and to seal in – your hair's natural moisture.
- If you don't mind putting lotion on your hair/scalp, comb a small amount of sunscreen through your hair and use your fingers to apply directly on your scalp.
- To provide additional protection, put your hair up in a not-too-tight bun.
- If you want to completely shelter your hair/scalp – wear a hat.
- You can help repair the damage and keep your hair stronger and protected by using MY PRODUCTS. The products I promote offer many different products for your hair's needs.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this content and learned some valuable information on how to protect your HAIR this SUMMER!
Love, Amy Sipes