Most people are aware of the need to use sunscreen to protect skin from the sun. Far fewer realise that our hair can also be affected by excess exposure to UV rays. In this blog, we explain how the sun can damage your hair and what you can do to prevent problems such as dryness and breakage.
How The Sun Can Damage Your Hair
Although hair tends to grow slightly more quickly in warm weather, excessive sun exposure can have a negative impact on its overall condition. UVB rays can oxidise the hair proteins and high temperatures open the hair cuticle, resulting in hair which is parched of moisture and fragile. Sun-damage isn’t a direct cause of hair loss, but breakage near the root can leave your mane looking thin and frizzy. Sunburn on the delicate skin of the scalp, however, could lead to hair growth issues. The irritation and swelling may affect the follicles and cause an interruption in the normal hair growth cycle.
How To Avoid Sun Damage
The best way to avoid hair and scalp problems caused by the sun is to limit your exposure. Avoid being outdoors at the hottest times of the day (usually from around noon to 4pm). When you are out and about, wearing a hat or head-scarf is a good first line of defence. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, it is worth investing in headgear that offers UV protection. You can also add a hair and scalp sunscreen into your daily grooming routine. Choose a product which has a high SPF factor and reapply regularly to shield your hair and prevent the scalp from getting burned.
Recuperating Sun-Damaged Hair
If your hair is looking dry and damaged from too much sun, it is possible to restore its condition. Alongside using hydrating hair care products, it is worth taking a dietary supplement. Vinci Hair Clinic’s Vitruvian Line vitamin and mineral complex is formulated to support healthy hair growth and helps to improve its overall condition. You might also want to consider PRP Therapy or Mesotherapy, which use scalp injections to stimulate the follicles and promote new growth.