Start by protecting your scalp from the sun. Wearing a hat, scarf, or cap should be your first line of defense; and if you need to be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, consider the use of sunscreen specifically formulated for scalp protection. Make sure the sunscreen you choose offers adequate sun protection factor and is sweat proof and waterproof; anything less than an SPF 40 increases your risk of sunburn and long-term damage. Additionally, look for brands that are specifically designed for scalp protection, such as scalp and hair sunscreens formulated with safe and effective UV actives such as homosalate, octocrylene, octisalate, and avobenzone.
For even further protection, look for stylistically formulated sunscreens that are specifically formulated for scalp protection, such as panthenol-enriched hair sunscreen and colored spray-on scalp sunscreen. Not only will they offer great UV protection, but they can also provide lift and volume for fuller, healthier looking hair. With the right formula, you’ll experience the joy of bouncy, full-bodied hair that turns heads wherever you go.
Once you have the right protection in place, it’s time to nourish your scalp and hair from the inside. Choosing products enriched with antioxidants, amino acids, and nutrients can help nourish your hair and scalp for healthier-looking strands and better protection from sun damage. You can also help prevent sun damage to your scalp and hair by opting for up-dos and loose head wraps to protect your hair from the sun’s direct exposure.
Finally, be sure to check your scalp often for any visible doubling, redness or lumps which could be a sign that your scalp is overheating or that you're not protecting it enough from the sun's rays. Remember that sunburns and other sun-related damage can cause premature hair loss and make it more difficult to treat existing hair problems.
The best way to prevent sun damage is, of course, taking the necessary precautions to keep your scalp and hair protected. Invest in a quality scalp and hair protection sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40 and pair it with a hat and/or loose head wrap to provide extra coverage for your scalp and hair. Nourish your scalp and hair from the inside with products enriched with vitamins and minerals, and be sure to check your scalp on a regular basis for any signs of trouble. With the right protection and care, you can ensure that your scalp and hair stay healthy for years to come.