Summertime is here, and that means sun, sand, and … hair loss?
While most of us know all about the damaging effects the sun’s rays can have on our skin, few of us think about the very real threat it poses to health of our hair.
The cells that make up the strands of our hair aren’t much different than the ones that make up our skin. This means that exposing them to harsh UVA and UVB can damage them. UVA and UVB rays dry out our hair and damage the cuticle, causing hair to break or shed. Overexposure to the sun can also affect how quickly our hair grows and strips the shafts of its protective natural oils, potentially leading to hair loss over time.
To keep your hair protected:
- Know the signs. Damaged hair is discolored, dry and brittle. It also has split ends, and is much more prone to frizz. Damaged hair also dries more quickly.
- Go easy on heat styling and bleaching/coloring. Blow dryers, flat irons, hot rollers, and other heat styling products make the strands of your hair more vulnerable to UV rays. So does bleaching or coloring your hair, because they both damage the hair’s protective protein.
- Protect your strands when you’re outdoors. This means wearing a hat when you can, or carrying an umbrella to help steer clear of the sun.
- Rinse out the pool water. Chlorine damages your strands, and makes it prone to the harmful effects of the run’s rays. So make sure you’re giving it a good rinse once you hop out of the pool.
- Wear sunscreen. Yes, even in your hair. Many sunscreens for the face and body have the same protective effect on the strands of your hair as they do on the skin. Run a small amount through your locks before heading outside (and don’t forget your scalp).
- Go for zinc oxide. Experts at the American Academy of Dermatology recommend using a zinc oxide-based leave-in conditioner to help protect your hair, along with other hair care products that contain UV protectors.
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Atlanta, GA 30342