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5 Ways You Can Shield Your Hair From Sun Damage

Anandita MalhotraAnandita Malhotra  |  May 11, 2021
5 Ways You Can Shield Your Hair From Sun Damage

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There’s a lot of importance given to protecting your skin from sun damage but did you know that you need to take care of your hair in this regard too? The sun actually acts as bleach on our strands and while they don’t really burn, our strands do get subjected to harmful UV light. This causes the cuticle to break down and leaves you with dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. 

5 Ways In Which You Can Shield Your Hair From Sun Damage

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Your Scalp Needs Protection Too

A healthy scalp equals healthy hair. So, using a leave-in treatment meant to protect your scalp from sun damage could do wonders. Pick one that is non-greasy and won’t clog your pores or weigh your hair down. Because only when your scalp and strands are protected from UV rays can they look healthy and shiny.

Create A Protective Layer For Your Strands

On days when you’re stepping out or after a pool session, generously apply a hair sunscreen serum that will protect your scalp from the sun, heat, and pollution. The essential oils in these products will make your hair smoother and shinier. So, if you’ve noticed that your hair becomes dry and damaged especially in the summer, you may need to add these to your haircare routine.

 

Use The Right Conditioner For Your Hair

Just like different types of skin react differently to sun damage, different types of hair do too. Thinner, finer, and lighter hair doesn’t have the thickness or pigment to protect it from the sun’s rays. So, you should use a conditioner that can help strengthen the hair follicles and protect your hair from UV rays. Also, make sure that your conditioner is suited to your climate. For example, people living in tropical areas will require more protection than others.

 

Throw On A Hat

One of the most effective ways to protect your hair and scalp from sun damage is by wearing a hat especially one with a broad brim. So, if you’re at the beach or by the pool, sitting under the umbrella or tying a headscarf can be of invaluable help. 

 

Prevent And Undo The Damage With A Hair Mask

You apply masks on your skin, don’t you? Then why not on your hair? Try using a hair mask at least once a week to protect your hair. This will stop it from getting damaged further as well as slowly repair the damage that’s already been done. You need to pick one that has nourishing and hydrating benefits that will really help your hair in the long term. If you don’t want to use a store-bought one, you can make your own hair mask in your kitchen itself.

So, when are you updating your summer haircare routine?

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