Summer is here, and we all know that the California sun will be out in full force! Thousands of beach goers, BBQ lovers, and outdoor fans are going to slather their skin in protective sunscreen and break out their best sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to guard against the relentless summer sun – but what about our hair and scalps? The sun is just as damaging to what’s on our heads, and can cause our hair to become lackluster and our scalps to dry and (God forbid) flake! Here are some precautions you can take to protect your hair and scalp from the summer sun when venturing outdoors this season.
Wear a Hat
The easiest and simplest protection you can use is wearing a stylish hat. Wide brims are ideal, as they cover more of your hair, but baseball caps can be just as effective. Try to tuck your hair underneath the hat for bonus protection. But remember, if you have thin hair, fitted hats can rub against your scalp and could create more problems down the line. Scarves and bandanas are good alternatives as well.
Use SPF Products
There are many products that are formulated specifically to protect your hair from the sun. These serums, sprays, and conditioners can usually be found at your local supermarket or drugstore. Shampoos and conditioners that provide UV protection are less effective since they are rinsed off, so try to choose other products like sprays or leave-in serums.
Be Aware of the Part
The part in your hair is an area where your scalp is exposed to the sun, so we recommend applying a bit of sunscreen directly onto any exposed scalp. If your hair is longer, you can protect your scalp by pulling back your hair into a ponytail or bun so that no areas of your scalp are showing.
Plan Around the Sun
The sun is at its highest point in the sky from 10am to 3pm, which is when UV rays are at their strongest. If you avoid being exposed during this window of time, you will lessen your chances of sun damage to your hair and scalp. However, if you don’t want to stay indoors or in the shade during these times, we recommend carrying your protective products with you to reapply throughout the day.
Don’t neglect your sensitive scalp or hair this summer! Be sure to protect yourself from sun damage to maintain healthy, beautiful hair all year round.