How Can I Prevent Sun Damage to My Hair?
Sun protection is something that we take seriously all year round. Whether it's winter is or summer, we need to insist on applying sunscreen to protect our skin and reduce the damage caused by UV rays. However, just as the sun can be harmful to your skin, it can also damage your hair. The good news is that you can protect your hair from sun damage by taking a few precautions. If you want to enjoy the sun while keeping your hair shiny and healthy, read on to learn how you can protect your hair from the sun's harmful effects by taking a few simple steps.
I.Is the sun bad for your hair?
In fact, if your hair is exposed to the sun for long periods of time, UVA and UVB rays can damage the outer covering of the hair strands, also known as the cuticle, causing damage to the hair shaft and resulting in discoloration, early graying, dry and brittle hair, breakage or split ends, thinning and frizz.
Before we discuss how to protect your hair from UV damage, let's take a look at some of the symptoms of the damage the sun can cause to your hair.
II.What are the symptoms of sun damage to your hair?
If your hair loses its color, is dry and frizzy. Broken or split ends and curly hair. Hair loss and thinning. If you are experiencing any of these problems, then there is a good chance that your hair is being overexposed to the sun.
III.How to prevent sun damage to your hair
Just like you use SPF every day to protect your face and skin, there are several natural ways to protect your hair from the sun.
1. Reduce peak exposure to the sun
To avoid sunburn, avoid being out in the sun during the hottest part of the day. The same is true for the protection of your hair.
We all know that the sun is at its brightest between 10am and 2pm. If you want to go out, try to go in the early morning or late afternoon. While you can't completely avoid the sun, you can avoid some of its harshest and most damaging rays and reduce sun damage. If going out is unavoidable, cover your hair with a scarf or wear your wide-brimmed hat.
2. Get a haircut
While a haircut isn't always the best option, trimming sun-damaged ends may be one of the best ways to keep your strands healthy and stimulate growth. By trimming the ends of your hair as soon as you notice split ends or dryness, you can avoid further damage, keep your hair in good condition and reduce the risk of split ends. If your hair is in a restored state, you only need to trim it every three months or so. If your hair is particularly dry, schedule a trim every 3-4 weeks to help it return to health as soon as possible.
3. Use natural oils as sunscreen
Natural oils serve three functions: smoothing cuticles, adding shine, and providing natural sun protection. Applying a small amount of coconut oil to my hair before going out is my favorite method of natural sun protection.
4. Use a hair mask to keep your hair moisturized.
Even if you don't go out every day, even just a few minutes in the hot summer sun can dry out your hair. Homemade hair masks are a great option and are one of the most popular natural ways to protect your hair from the sun and help with any damage. Combine 1 egg white, 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt and 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and apply to your hair for about 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. After all, egg whites contain a lot of protein and help nourish your hair.
Alternatively, you can use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized. Simply apply it to the roots and wrap your hair in a towel overnight.
5. Wear a hat
A physical barrier is probably the best and most effective way to protect your hair from UV damage. For example, a wide-brimmed hat can provide additional protection from the sun by covering the face and neck. However, not all hats are created equal when it comes to hair sun protection. Because they are tested and regulated by the FDA, hats with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) are your best bet for minimizing your hair's sun exposure. In addition, tightly woven fabrics should be preferred over open weave straw hats. According to the American Cancer Society, straw hats are not as protective as tightly woven straw hats. In addition to hats, stylish scarf wraps and even umbrellas can protect your hair from UV damage. Even on cloudy days, you should consider wearing a hat, as UV rays can cause sunburn and damage to your scalp.
6. Put your hair up in a protective hairstyle.
When it comes to protecting your natural hair from sun damage, nothing is more important than a simple protective hairstyle. A French braid or a sleek bun can completely cover your scalp, reducing the surface area of your hair exposed to the sun and protecting the majority of your strands from sun damage. If you're feeling daring, try a ruffled braid, a fishtail braid, or a slightly more complex but always stylish 4-strand braid. Also, avoid using tight elastic and overly tight hairstyles that can damage your hair follicles or hairline.
7. Apply sunscreen
Applying sunscreen to your scalp and hair is just as important as applying sunscreen to your skin when you're in the sun. If you wear your hair in braids or any other hairstyle that exposes your scalp to the sun, use a sunscreen formulated specifically for your hair and scalp, which provides UVA and UVB ray protection to the area.
Before going outside, spray sunscreen along your hairline and areas to protect your scalp. If you will be spending a lot of time in the sun, choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30; otherwise, SPF 15 is sufficient. Another important tip for sun protection for hair and scalp is to use a mineral-based sunscreen, which is lightweight and moisturizing.
8. Use less heated tools for styling
Use heat tools as little as possible. After all, the heat from these styling tools can damage the keratin sheaths around your hair, leaving it vulnerable to sun damage. Therefore, allowing your hair to air dry is the gentlest option.
If you must use these hot tools in a hurry, keep them cool and use a serum to protect your hair.
When you want to blow-dry, straighten or curl occasionally, use a heat protectant before using heat tools to avoid heat damage.