When your skin changes color in the sun, the effect is a result of your skin literally “baking,” as UVB and UVA rays affect the melanin, responsible for skin pigmentation, in your skin. In a similar fashion, the sun’s rays also affect the hair follicle. You may think of your hair as impervious to the elements, when the fact is it is just as susceptible
The sun dries out human hair, causing more split ends and breakages as a result of brittleness. The feel of it will be coarser, and while the sun may lighten your hair to an effect that’s pleasing, the sun can negatively affect dyed hair in particular, changing your chosen shade in a way that may end up brassy, reddish, or orange.
of these tips and you’ll be ready to rock out your summer in the sun!
In the summertime, it’s important to lock in moisture. This often means changing your shampooing habits and bulking up on conditioner. Washing your hair daily can strip the hair follicle of natural oils that protect it. Since the sun already dries out your hair, do yourself a favor by not drying it out any further. Get your hair wet and condition it, but leave the ‘poo for later in the week, or try out solid shampoo made of natural ingredients to get out the day’s sweat and dirt without stripping your hair.
You should always be wearing sunscreen, even under makeup on cloudy days, but you may not be applying it properly. You should reapply on the hour or after excessive sweating or a dip into a body of water. In addition, you definitely should apply sunscreen to your part, as the scalp is lighter than the rest of your skin and is susceptible to sunburn.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
After a day outside, despite preparatory efforts your hair still will be dryer and more brittle. To counter the effects of beach days, employ a deep conditioning treatment after spending time in the sun. There are both drugstore and higher-end options for hair masks, or you can try out making one at home out of natural ingredients like avocados and honey.
Finally, after every hair washing and styling you should try out essential oils to fight breakages, dryness, and restore smoothness to your mane. Moroccan oil is a great option for this as it can be used to style damp or dry hair. Vitamin E oil can be used on the skin or hair, and the ever -versatile coconut oil can be applied to the hair as well. For a sweet smelling option try lavender or almond oil, and for a super boost, try a hair serum that combines several of these ingredients.
With all of these topical preparations, try to keep your hair out of direct sunlight. Whether that’s by sticking to the shade when possible or trying out a snazzy new sunhat, your hair will thank you later.
Your hair is a protein and needs to be taken care of just like your skin and nails. Especially when it comes to the sun, you should be taking the proper precautions to prevent over drying that can lead to breakage, split ends, and brassy colors. Prepare your hair with some