The first thing you should examine is the ingredients the sunscreen contains and determine whether it is safe to use. Look for formulas that contain active UV protectants such as homosalate, octocrylene, octisalate, and avobenzone, as well as nourishing antioxidants like niacinamide, green tea extract, coffee extract, and licorice root extract to prevent breakage and dryness. The formula should also include replenishing oils such as safflower seed oil and green tea oil to hydrate and protect hair. You should always take the time to read the label and make sure you understand what each ingredient does for the hair and scalp.
Level of Sun Protection
The level of sun protection provided by the sunscreen is also important. Although any SPF rating of 30 or higher is ideal, SPF 40 offers the highest protection against UV rays. Also, make sure the product provides broad spectrum protection, which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, learn if the sunscreen is waterproof by checking for the words "water-resistant" on the label.
Ease of Application
Another consideration is the ease of application. If it’s difficult to apply, you won’t be motivated to use it regularly and won’t receive the full benefit. Most scalp & hair sunscreens come in a spray bottle and are easy to apply in just a few seconds.
Effect on Hair
For hair health and protection, look for a sunscreen that is specifically formulated for hair and scalp use as opposed to regular sunscreen designed for the body. Ideally, it should be gentle and sulfate-free, leaving hair feeling soft and looking healthy. Moreover, it should be a volumizing formula that provides natural lift and texture.
Lastly, it’s important to look at the cost and consider the value you’re receiving. Check the price per ounce and compare it with rival brands to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Also, take into consideration the quality of the ingredients – a more expensive sunscreen may be a better value for the money if it contains higher quality ingredients.
Protecting your scalp and hair from the sun is an important part of maintaining healthy hair. While there are many sunscreen products on the market, when it comes to choosing the right one, there are some important things to keep in mind. Make sure you examine the ingredients, level of sun protection, ease of application, effects on hair, and cost/value before deciding.