I know I have ranted on and on about the damage the sun does to your skin but did you know the sun is also doing damage to your hair? I didn’t even know up until a month ago that a thing like UV protection for your hair existed or that is what important. This information gave me a lot of answers about the ‘unexplained’ damage happening to my hair. So now I will tell you 🙂

First, this is probably one of the few places on your body that the sun can’t cause cancer. You also can’t get a sunburn on your hair. Note, you can get it on your scalp so don’t think your head is too safe.

Being out in the sun for too long can cause your hair to become weak, dry, brittle, resulting in an intense amount of split ends. I bet your sitting there thinking ‘that’s why my hair still feels unhealthy even though I use the right products and have proper hair care’. If you know you are going to be out in the sun for a long time invest in a large brimmed hat.

Color:
People who lighten or bleach their hair are more susceptible to sun damage. That’s not saying people who don’t dye their hair aren’t effected it just means they are affected less. If you are a natural brunette being out in the sun for extended periods of time can actually bring out a red hue to your hair. As for blondes, too much sun can cause it to turn a yellow color. If you color your hair, no matter what color, sunlight will make your color dull and fade quicker.

A HUGE NO NO:
Please, please, please do not use products like Sun-In or spray your hair with anything containing alcohol, peroxide, lemon juice. Yes, I know it’s an inexpensive way to lighten your hair in the summer but it’s also an inexpensive way to damage and fry your hair that will be expensive to fix.

 

Prevention:
1.Use hairsprays and leave-in conditioners with a UV protector to defend your hair against the
damaging sun.
2. Wet your hair with water before you get in a pool so your hair doesn’t absorb as much chlorine. 
3. Rinse your hair with luke warm water after swimming in a pool or salt water.
4.Get a hat. Maybe not everyone is a fanatic about large brimmed hats as I am but you still need to get some sort of hat.
5. Try not to leave your hair exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time.
6. Be vigilant about protecting your hair by making sure you are protecting it year round that way when the summer comes it has some defense built up.

Products:
There are products out there with UV protection in them. Surprised? Ya neither was I in today’s society. The good ones can’t be found in our local Target or Walmart you’re going to have to probably go to an actual Salon. Of course I’ll tell you to go to Crystal’s in Ithaca I know not everyone lives around here. Spending a little more money on your products will save you money in the end because you won’t have to paid to have it repaired. My suggestion: 
Goldwell DualSenses Sun Reflects Leave In Protect Spray:
To protect your hair and scalp from harmful UV rays while also nourishing and untangling it, “Allure” recommends applying Goldwell Dual Senses Sun Reflects Leave In Protect Spray. This  has been designed specifically for hair that has been exposed to too much sun and has incurred damage from the exposure. It contains a blend of fruit extracts like passion fruit, mango and orange to provide your hair and scalp with a pleasant scent, and the UV filters work to ward off sun damage. The company says this product will add shine and softness to your hair by repairing, nourishing and smoothing every strand. You can also use this spray to shield your hair and scalp from the harmful effects of chlorine and saltwater.(Livestrong.com)

Yours Truly,
K

 
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