SUN DAMAGE ON YOUR HAIR

Did you know that sunscreen isn’t only needed for your skin, but your hair too. Applying UV protection is the #1 most underrated hair care practice but is crucial to prevent:

  • Discolored hair
  • Protein loss
  • Moisture loss
  • Breakage
  • Hair lightening
  • Sunburn on scalp (Yup, sunburn that specifically affects your scalp which I remind you, is skin, too and should be protected with sunscreen but *let’s get back to the hair*)

The effects of UV rays on hair can cause the hair’s natural proteins and pigment to deteriorate. While some people notice their hair color lightening up in the sun and may welcome that (or even enhance it with products like Sun-In) this lightening is a sign of the hair strand degrading. The result? Weaker hair and dull looking hair color. 

 

According to the US National Library of Medicine that did a study on uv damage to the hair stated that 
“excessive sun exposure is the most frequent cause of structural impairment of the hair shaft.”
 
 

The sun can also take moisture away from your hair, leaving it drier, frizzier and rougher in texture.

If you have thinning hair, you are even more susceptible to getting sunburned on your scalp. Sunburn on the scalp can create scarred tissue and any inflammation or damage to your scalp can potentially cause even more thinning. 

 

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE….

 

The sun is great for nourishing us with Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for healthy hair growth, hence why you notice your hair grows faster in the summer;

AND, there are ways to mitigate the damage being done, like using sun protective products in your wash day routine to PREP before applying styling products.

(here are some of my favorites, click the product to learn more!)

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, Heat Protectant for Hair, Infused with Sunflower Seed and Argan Oil for Hair, Sulfate, Paraben & Phthalate Free, 5.4 fl oz
Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In Conditioner Spray Detangler | Anti Frizz , Paraben and Gluten Free, Vegan, and Color Safe with UV Protection | 4 oz
Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner Thermal Styling up to 450 F 6.7 oz
Bumble Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist 4.2 fl oz
Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, Heat Protectant for Hair, Infused with Sunflower Seed and Argan Oil for Hair, Sulfate, Paraben & Phthalate Free, 5.4 fl oz
Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In Conditioner Spray Detangler | Anti Frizz , Paraben and Gluten Free, Vegan, and Color Safe with UV Protection | 4 oz
Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner Thermal Styling up to 450 F 6.7 oz
Bumble Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist 4.2 fl oz
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Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, Heat Protectant for Hair, Infused with Sunflower Seed and Argan Oil for Hair, Sulfate, Paraben & Phthalate Free, 5.4 fl oz
Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, Heat Protectant for Hair, Infused with Sunflower Seed and Argan Oil for Hair, Sulfate, Paraben & Phthalate Free, 5.4 fl oz
Amazon Prime
Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In Conditioner Spray Detangler | Anti Frizz , Paraben and Gluten Free, Vegan, and Color Safe with UV Protection | 4 oz
Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 in 1 Leave-In Conditioner Spray Detangler | Anti Frizz , Paraben and Gluten Free, Vegan, and Color Safe with UV Protection | 4 oz
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Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner Thermal Styling up to 450 F 6.7 oz
Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner Thermal Styling up to 450 F 6.7 oz
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Bumble Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist 4.2 fl oz
Bumble Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist 4.2 fl oz
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If you are spending a lot of time in the sun, especially by the pool or at the beach, make sure you reapply your sunscreen on both your skin AND hair. These are some products I love to reinforce sun protection and keep you feeling fresh and covered:

If you’re not into reapplying products because you fear it will weigh your hair down, try wearing hats and or headbands/bandanas with UPF protection! *What’s that?*

UPF clothing absorbs or blocks harmful UV radiation and remains one of the most effective forms of protection against sun damage and skin cancer. 

With all this product protection, make sure that you’re also cleansing your hair accordingly using the right shampoos for you and your hair needs. LEARN MORE in this post: (SHAMPOO)

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