How to protect your hair from sun damage this summer

Much like your skin, your hair requires protection from the sun. Prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays can damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. Which lead to discoloration, early greying, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning, and frizziness. And the summer sun also makes the scalp sweaty and greasy, which can make matters worse.

So here are 3 ways you can protect your hair from sun damage this season.

Protective shields are a must
Leave-in conditioners with UV filters can deposit a thin film on the hair shaft, protecting it from the sun’s rays. However, protection of hair by physical barriers is probably the best way to protect against UV damage. A hat, a scarf wrap, or even an umbrella will protect hair against UV damage to the hair.

Add a deep-conditioning product
Deep conditioning your hair can make the hair stronger, more flexible, and less prone to frizz and breakage by sealing the cuticle and making it less porous.

Skip the coloring session
If you’re going on a beach holiday, skip touching up your hair color for a few weeks before. The sun’s rays act like bleach on hair. Hot tools and hair lightening can damage the protein even further, which then allows sun and heat to penetrate the hair more easily, which can result in a fragile hair strand.

(Contributed by Nikhita H.)


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