Swimming, sandy beaches and strong rays – the summer season is great for keeping us active, but it wreaks havoc on our hair. Before venturing out to soak up some rays, it’s important to know how to protect hair from sun damage.
A report found that 26 per cent of women think sun damage from UV rays is the biggest threat to healthy hair in the summer - ahead of chlorine and salt water. But there are many steps you can take to help protect your locks. From hair care essentials to avoiding UV damage, itselixir’s guide to natural sun protection for hair has got you covered.
Why do I need to protect hair from sun?
Sun exposure can cause dry hair and breakage for all hairstyles and hair types. Heat can leave your cuticles open to further damage and dry out moisture. Too much UVA and UVB light is the main danger of staying in the sun for too long. It acts like bleach, drying hair and changing pigment to alter your hair’s colour.
If you’re spending too many hours in the sun, you might notice one or more of the following:
- Discolouration, both on natural and dyed hair colours
- Dryness, especially at the tips
- Brittle strands that break easily
- Split ends
- Extra frizz
- General thinning
- Burns causing a sensitive scalp (remember your scalp skin care routine!)
- More difficulty styling.
So, how can you prevent sun-damaged hair and protect your scalp this summer? Try these simple summer hair tips.
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Avoid sunning in peak times
Akin to sunburn prevention, you should stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest – usually between the hours of 10am and 4pm, though this can be longer on particularly hot days. Remember to get plenty of hydration.
Use extra protection
We can’t rub sun cream into our hair, but we can protect it with clothing! Consider a larger sun hat or even a baseball cap. Swimming hair protection is vital. When swimming in hot weather, use SPF 30 or higher cream on skin and cover hair with your hat or a swimcap when possible.
Rinse your hair
Summertime invariably means more time spent in the pool. If you’re spending a lot of time in chlorinated water, always make sure you rinse damp hair out afterwards. Chlorine has been proven to damage hair, and in the cases of those with bright blond shades, can even turn it green!
Make a natural hair mask
While we’re on the subject of avoiding chemicals, you can also make your own organic, cruelty-free hair mask. The best formulas rely on a few key ingredients such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. With its antibacterial properties, it can also prevent itchy scalps, and is full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Blend six to eight fresh strawberries with one tablespoon each of coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey. Dampen the hair, then apply evenly and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Be wary of other skin conditions
Often, people mistake sunburn for eczema or psoriasis, but damaged skin can exacerbate the condition. If you do suffer from conditions that make the skin flake, consider using specialist products for skin conditions, including chemical-free hair dyes, a conditioner for sensitive scalp, and shampoo for sensitive skin.
Avoid excessive styling
Now is the time to embrace those natural waves – ditch the dryers and straighteners! Products which rely on heat can dry out the hair, causing it to become brittle and break easily. You can soon tell if your hair is damaged – it will feel dry and may not curl or style as easily.
Heat protection is the name of the game. Try to limit hairdresser visits or styling - and always apply a protective spray before you reach for the appliances. Only use organic hair products that are kind, gentle, and hydrating for your hair.
Eat your way to good hair
Goodness starts from the inside out! Your hair will have a glossy shine if you add oily foods to your diet, including fish, dairy products, eggs and avocados. You can also up your vitamins with nuts and blueberries.
Above all, remember to limit your sun time, and always use sunscreen!
Natural sun protection for hair
Summer is great - but it can be harsh on hair. Without taking precautions, you might find the sun’s rays make your hair go dry, frizzy and brittle. To protect your locks, avoid peak heat hours, limit the styling treatments, and get organic goodness full of vitamins and moisture into your hair. Learn about how to protect hair from sun damage and more at itselixir’s blog today.