Summer is all about sun, sea, surf and … unfortunately bad hair. Yes, we’re sorry to say that none of those fabulous things that summer brings are good for your hair, but the sun is the worst! However, fear no more, in this blog we’ll show you the symptoms of sun damaged hair, teach you how to prevent sun damaged hair, show you how to fix sun damaged hair and ways to fix a sunburned scalp. Read on!
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If your hair has been exposed to the sun for too long, UVA and UVB rays will damage the outside cover of your hair strand, called the cuticle. It is also damages the keratin in your hair which is a much-needed protein. If you have fine and/or fair hair, you’re more at risk for hair damage from the sun so make sure your extra careful.
Signs of sun damage to your hair include:
Even the ultimate sun babe Elle Macpherson wears a hat these days.
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This is a question we often hear and the answer is easy - just wear a hat when you go into the sun or some sort of covering over your hair to act as a solid barrier to the sun. You might even multi-task while you’re on the beach by applying argan oil or olive oil through your strands and then wrapping it in a towel or a scarf for a DIY treatment - yes Nana/Nona’s beauty tips work! If you can’t face a hat, then at least cover yourself under an umbrella or cabana and only go out early in the morning or late in the day just as you would to protect your skin.
Another question we hear often and a harder one to answer. It really depends what your symptoms are.
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A sunburnt scalp goes hand in hand with sun damaged hair. Again the best way to prevent a burnt scalp is to wear a hat, especially if your hair is fine and sparse. If the damage has already been done, try a peppermint scalp treatment. It will work wonders, we promise!
So there you have it – all the low down on sun damaged hair and how to fix it. Slip, Slop, slap! That’s slip on a hat, slop on the conditioner (or peppermint scalp treatment) and slap on the Argan Oil. And while you’re at it why not sip on something refreshing and cool – it is Summer after all! A girl’s got to have some fun ….
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