Scalp & Hair Sunscreen SPF 40 Protect, Style & Volumize. With the summer heat steadily rising, it’s essential to protect your scalp from sunburn and the potential skin cancer it causes. Sunscreen formulated specifically for the scalp is usually more effective than regular sunscreen, as these are specially designed to not only protect and prevent sunburn, but also nourish the hair while strengthening the individual strands. Look for sunscreen with a broad spectrum of SPF as the highest amount of protection. The ZENON Life Scalp & Hair Sunscreen SPF 40 Protect, Style & Volumize is a great choice as it contains powerful UV actives such as Homosalate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, and Avobenzone, and is infused with the benefits of safflower seed and green tea oils, and rich antioxidants like Niacinamide, green tea extract, coffee extract Licorice root extract, and microalgae extract.
Hair Care Products. After applying sunscreen to the hair, it is important to use oil based products to seal in moisture and lock out dirt and pollutants. Coconut oil and leave-in conditioners are a great way to protect the scalp from harsh weather conditions that can strip away moisture and create dryness and irritation. It’s also important to use products specifically designed for the hair type, such as shampoos for fine, thinning hair, or curl creams and hair butters for thinner curled hair. Make sure to use gentle, sulfate free shampoos to prevent the harsh stripping of your natural oils.
Hair Loss Prevention. While getting the correct scalp protection and hair products are a good start, incorporating more hair loss prevention techniques is essential to reducing hair thinning or hair loss. Consuming biotin for hair health, getting regular trims to avoid and lessen split ends, and scalp massages for sharper blood circulation can help to reduce hair loss further. Also incorporating fewer petrochemicals such as mineral oil into hair care products, avoiding heated styling tools, and keeping up with protective styles for hair strength can prevent further damage from the scalp and hair.
Hair Growth Stimulation. Oftentimes, our scalp health is depleted by active damage or environmental stressors such as pollution and dust. To combat this, it’s important to use preventative techniques like scalp masks, and scalp exfoliation to remove dirt and reduce flakiness. Additionally, oils such as tea tree, rosemary, and castor can help to stimulate growth in the scalp by awakening dormant follicles to help the hair to grow faster and stronger.
Hair Hydration. Giving the hair hydration is the last step to ensuring our scalp protection. By hydrating our hair and scalp with simple techniques like the LCO or LOC method, (which involves using a leave-in conditioner, a curl cream, and an oil) we can help to reduce dryness and control breakage and frizz. Going beyond the simple oil and water mixtures, using natural mixtures like honey and almond oil can also help to restore the scalp’s natural moisture and promote faster hair growth.
Protecting our scalp from sun damage is not a difficult task, as long as we think of it as a multi-step process. By using the right sunscreen for our scalp and hair, utilizing hair products specifically formulated for our hair type, incorporating hair loss prevention techniques, as well as stimulating hair growth and hydrating our locks, we can effectively protect our scalp from the damaging rays of the Texas sun.