These simple 5 rules will help you protect your hair from the most unpleasant consequences of being in the sun — color damage, thinning, brittleness and loss.
A significant increase in temperature in the middle of summer may seem like a welcome change compared to the cooler months, but remember that the heat poses a risk to health and beauty — especially if precautions have not been taken to reliably protect the skin and hair from harmful ultraviolet sunlight.
And if we forget about the skin less often, putting its young and fresh appearance in priority, then hair, as a rule, remains in second place and often suffers from insufficient protection when the weather changes. Excessive heat dries the hair, which can lead to irreversible damage, from thinning and brittle hair to loss and even damage to color and future growth. You can reduce the risk of damage if you follow a few simple steps during the heat and sun.
Protect the scalp
The scalp is the area that suffers the most due to the intense exposure to ultraviolet rays from above, which can greatly affect the condition of the hair. If you bring the situation to a sunburn on the scalp, it causes serious loss of skin cells, which can lead to hair loss, thinning and root damage and lead to permanent problems that will be very difficult to deal with.
To protect the scalp, do not forget to apply sunscreen to the hairline and keep it as closed as possible when you are in direct sunlight. You can choose shampoos and conditioners with SPF, as well as sprays to protect against UV radiation.
Use conditioning products
One of the key problems from the point of view of the condition of the hair in extreme heat is that the strands can dry out completely — from the roots to the tips. For their protection and nutrition, it is worth using conditioning products. They will help to maintain a strong layer of moisture, and the sun will no longer be able to damage the cuticle of the hair — their outer protective layer. Nutritious foods will provide the necessary substances to avoid breakage, seal split ends and get rid of fluffy hair, making them smoother and shinier. During extreme heat, regularly apply permanent conditioners at night to give your hair a chance to recover while you are not in the sun.
Wear hats in the sun
Another good way to protect your scalp and colored hair from the sun is to wear a hat. It is important that the headdress has a sufficiently loose fit, so some experts recommend choosing a bucket hat or a panama hat, since they usually have a looser fit and are made of natural materials that do not spoil the hair, so that you can safely hide the curls inside, especially without crumpling the hairstyle. Or you can choose a large sun hat with a wide brim, the shadow of which will hide your hair even if it falls on your shoulders.
Try to wash your hair less often
Too frequent shampooing can deprive them of natural protective oils. No matter how tempting it may be to wash your hair more often in warm weather, you need to know that these oils create an additional barrier between hair with scalp and the sun. If there is such an opportunity, give up the usual shampooing of hair during the heat and instead choose simple procedures for the care of the tips, simply washing the bulk of the hair with water, and applying conditioner to the tips to provide maximum protection.
Drink as much water as possible
In extreme heat, drinking a lot of water is important in any case, but in particular it will be of great importance for the health of your hair. This will help them stay hydrated from the inside out, which in the long run has a positive effect on growth and recovery. Remember that if you are dehydrated, your hair will also lack moisture. Therefore, it is simply necessary to drink an additional amount of water in warm weather — especially since it is just as important for the skin and other key organs like the heart.