Frequently Asked Questions on Hair & Scalp Sun Protection

When you think about taking care of your skin, sun protection is usually the first thing you think of. But it’s important to also remember your scalp and hair when considering sun protection. Hair and scalp sun protection is just as important, and can help prevent damage and sunburns–and even skin cancer. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions on hair and scalp sun protection.

What is scalp and hair sun protection?

Scalp and hair sun protection is any product or measure you take in order to protect your scalp and hair from UV radiation and the sun. This may include anything from wearing a hat or scarf to using a sunscreen specifically formulated for the scalp.

What should I look for when selecting products for scalp and hair sun protection?

When selecting products for scalp and hair sun protection, you should look for those with broad spectrum protection—meaning they should protect against both UVA and UVB radiation–and an SPF of 30 or higher. Additionally, you should look for products specifically labelled for the scalp, as those generally contain active ingredients that are safe and effective for scalp and hair.

How do I apply a sunscreen specifically for the scalp?

Applying sunscreen to the scalp is much like applying sunscreens to the face. First, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to the scalp and gently massage it into the skin—first on your forehead, then spread down onto your temples, ears, and neck, and then the rest of the scalp. For extra protection, adding a wide-brimmed hat will provide more coverage.

Are there any other tips for scalp and hair sun protection?

In addition to using sunscreen specifically designed for the scalp, there are a few other tips for scalp and hair sun protection. First, wear a wide-brimmed hat or scarf when out in the sun—this will provide extra protection. And second, avoid hair styling products that contain alcohol, as these can make the scalp more vulnerable to UV radiation.

By following these tips and using products specifically designed for scalp and hair sun protection, you can stay protected while looking stylish.


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