For those of us in Texas, the scorching heat of summer can be unbearable. Spending time outdoors exposes us to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays which can cause sunburns, damage to our scalp and hair, and even skin cancer. While most people understand the importance of wearing sunscreen on their bodies, fewer people are aware of the importance of protecting their scalps and hair. Too much sun exposure can cause your hair to become brittle and thin. Fortunately, there are a variety of products designed to protect your scalp and hair from the sun’s damaging rays.
When shopping for scalp and hair sunscreen, it’s important to select one with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure the sunscreen is oil-free and non-greasy for easy application and worry-free wear. You should also look for a product that includes ingredients that nourish and strengthen your hair such as antioxidants, amino acids, and nutrients. Many companies offer scalp and hair sunscreen enhanced with proteins and vitamins to lock in moisture and protect delicate strands.
Look for a sunscreen designed specifically for scalp and hair that also works double duty to deliver great lift and volume to your hair. Some products are infused with collagen and silk amino acids and other ingredients such as safflower seed oil and green tea oil that add shine and bounce. Reading labels carefully is critical when deciding on a sunscreen to make sure it is made from safe and effective UV actives, such as homosalate, octocrylene, octisalate, and avobenzone.
In addition to finding the right sunscreen, it’s important to use it regularly. Sunscreens should be applied each time you will be spending time outdoors, and re-applied at least every two hours. Sunscreen should also be applied to parts of your scalp that are particularly sensitive to sunburns, such as the top, sides, and back. If your scalp or hair already is exposed to extensive sun exposure, consider following up with a hydrating shampoo or conditioner to replenish lost moisture.
When it comes to scalp and hair protection from the sun, choosing the right product for your needs is essential. Consider SPF level, whether the formula is greasy or oil-free, the ingredients used to nourish and protect your scalp and hair, and the added lift and volume the product might offer. Regular use is key to protecting your scalp and hair from the sun’s damaging rays.