Throughout the years, the sun's rays have been linked to the thinning of hair and hair loss due to damage to the scalp. With the wrong care, our scalp becomes an exposed, vulnerable area of our head. Sun damage can cause damage to the scalp, causing additional hair loss and thinning hair. Furthermore, with prolonged exposure to the sun, our skin cells become damaged, which can result in the release of enzymes that attack the already-damaged scalp and hair follicles.
Rather than succumbing to the sun’s powerful rays, it’s time to take measures towards protecting our scalp before any permanent damage ensues. To protect your scalp from sun damage and thinning hair, there are a few things we should consider.
The most effective form of scalp protection is the usage of a quality sunscreen. SPF (sun protection factor) ratings are important in determining the effectiveness of a sunscreen to keep your scalp healthy from the sun’s UV rays. The sunscreen you use should have a SPF 40 or higher rating, providing a high protection level. Furthermore, we should look for sunscreens that are specifically designed for scalp protection. You should opt for a sunscreen specifically made for scalp protection that is lightweight and does not interfere with the health of the scalp’s natural oils.
When choosing a sunscreen, further research into the ingredients contained in the product should also be done. Many users have found ingredients like niacinamide, coffee extract, and licorice root extract as effective ingredients for scalp protection. This is because these ingredients provide natural UV protection and contain beneficial skin-nourishing properties as well. Additionally, look for natural oils like safflower seed oil and green tea oil as these can help strengthen and protect the scalp.
For those looking to experience the benefits of scalp protection, a good option is to start using a quality shampoo. Start by introducing shampoo with natural ingredients to your routine. This helps to cleanse the scalp and clear away any impurities. Nourishing ingredients like green tea extract, chamomile extract, and argan oil should be looked for in a shampoo. These specifically help to protect the scalp from the sun’s harmful rays. After shampooing, using a conditioner with a sunscreen can offer additional protection to the scalp and hair follicles.
Moreover, a good hair care routine should also include a heat protectant before any heat styling, as this will protect the scalp from heat damage. You should also minimize your use of hair styling tools that require high heat levels.
Finally, it’s important to understand that scalp protection isn’t simply limited to the use of sunscreen and other nourishing ingredients. Furthermore, for those who are finding that scalp protection is not sufficient and that the hair follicles are still being damaged, you may end up balding from excessive exposure to the sun. To address this, you should consider investing in a quality hat or scarf to wear when you go out in the sun. Covering your scalp and hair with a hat or scarf can keep it safe and healthy from the sun’s harmful rays.
It’s never too late to start taking care of your scalp and hair! Investing in the protection and safety of your scalp is an essential part of maintaining healthy hair. With the right products and a few simple lifestyle tweaks, you can ensure that your scalp is good-as-new and that your hair continues to look fabulous in California’s bright sunlight.