Evaluating Sunscreen for Hair: Things to Consider

Staying protected while looking stylish – that’s what many people think of when it comes to choosing the right sunscreen. But when it comes to your scalp and hair, it can be hard to know what protection you need and which product will serve you best. To ensure you are adequately covered, you should take several factors into account when selecting the right sunscreen for your scalp and hair.

Before settling on a brand, it is important to understand what type of active ingredients are to be found in the product. If you have sensitive skin, you should make sure to avoid those formulas that contain Trolamine Salicylate, oxybenzone, retinol, and artificial or synthetic fragrances. These can be harmful to the scalp, and may even trigger an allergic reaction. On the other hand, products that contain natural ingredients such as aloe vera, beeswax, and Vitamin E are great for soothing and protecting the scalp while creating a barrier to the sun’s rays.

It’s also essential to determine what sort of films and emulsions are being used in the sunscreen product. Old-fashioned sunscreens with mineral oils may leave residue and create a greasy feel on the scalp. Newer formulas using lighter silicones don’t provide the same moisturizing effect as oils, but they won’t build up on hair and can easily be washed away. Silicone formulas are highly recommended for those with an oily scalp, though if you have dry scalp, your best bet is to opt for the more traditional emulsions.

When evaluating sunscreen, its SPF rating should also be taken into consideration. The higher the SPF rating, the better protection you will receive from the sun’s most damaging UV rays. Opting for a product with an SPF rating of at least 30 is recommended for those looking for maximum protection, while those looking for lighter protection should choose a product with an SPF rating of 15 or higher.

Finally, make sure to read the label of the product carefully and check for any special instructions, such as how often the sunscreen should be reapplied. Many formulas will need to be reapplied every two or three hours, so you’ll need to make sure you have enough product on hand or that you remember to carry it with you on hot, sunny days.

When it comes to selecting a sunscreen for your scalp and hair, evaluating the ingredients, type of emulsion, SPF rating, and special instructions on the product label should all be taken into account. Doing due diligence will ensure that you are using the right product for your unique individual needs, offering you maximum protection and style that is both comfortable and fashionable.



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