You already know that you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. But did you know that you should also be protecting your hair? Too much sun can dry out hair, fade its color, and cause breakage. To keep hair healthy, follow these tips and tricks for summer hair protection and repair even in the summer sun.
How Does Sun-Damaged Hair Happen?
The sun’s UVA and UVB rays damage the hair cuticle, which protects the inner part of the hair strand. Without this protective layer, hair easily loses its natural moisture. Thus, skipping sun protection for hair can result in rough, dry and brittle hair by the time that fall weather rolls around.
The strong summer sun can also have an effect on your hair color, especially if you dye your hair. Brown hair tends to get a warmer tone, while blonde hair lightens, and red hair can become dull and faded.
How-to: Sun Protection for Hair
Avoid the Sun
The best thing you can do to protect your hair is just to avoid the sun! Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm, when UV rays are the most powerful.
Wear a Hat
If staying out of the sun isn’t an option, the next best option is to wear a hat. A hat with a wide brim will also protect your face and shoulders from the damaging UV rays. Straw and cotton hats are lightweight enough to keep your head from getting too warm on hot days. And no, a loose-fitting hat will NOT cause hair loss, despite urban legends. (Just be sure not to wear hats or hair accessories that are too tight-fitting as that can cause breakage to strands.)
Make Your Own Hair Sunscreen
If hats aren’t for you, you actually can make your own leave-in conditioning spray that will provide some sun protection for hair. Add two teaspoons of SPF 30 sunscreen, a cup of water, and a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly to mix, and lightly spritz onto your hair whenever you’re going to be outside.
Like sunscreen for your skin, you’ll want to re-apply hair sunscreen regularly for maximum protection.
Use a Leave-In Conditioner
If you’re in a pinch, apply a leave-in conditioner to wet hair and style hair in a bun using a scrunchie. Conditioner actually can help create a barrier that provides some protection from the sun while keeping hair moisturized.
4 Ways to Repair Sun-Damaged Hair
But what if you skipped the sunscreen and your hair has already been damaged by the sun? Follow these tips to help you repair your mane and grow healthier, stronger hair:
- Infuse much-needed nutrients into dry, brittle hair by making a DIY hair mask. See two recipes for DIY hair masks or try this easy mask: In a bowl, mix 1 egg, ½ avocado, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and ½ teaspoon of honey. Apply to hair and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Then wash out with a gentle shampoo like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo.
- A good conditioner will add moisture to dry, sun-damaged hair. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner is formulated to hydrate dry hair, plus it smooths the hair cuticle with keratin. For extra hydration, apply Viviscal Conditioner to hair before hitting the beach or the gym. The heat will help the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft more deeply.
- Take a hair health supplement like Viviscal to promote existing hair growth. Viviscal has hair-loving ingredients like biotin, zinc, and iron, plus the AminoMar™ marine complex, which help hair follicles to nourish and strengthen damaged strands.*
- Use a color-treatment product to revive your hair color after sun damage. Blondes will want to use a conditioning treatment with purple pigments to remove yellow tones, while brunettes will want to use a gloss that eliminates red tones.
How will you protect your hair this summer? Let us know in the comments!