It’s common knowledge that the sun can have harmful effects on the skin. So it is important to take the necessary precautions to protect it, such as wearing sunscreen (every day!) and big hats when we are outdoors. But it is easy to forget your hair. UV rays can make your hair brittle and prone to breaking, as well as looking unhealthy. It also has the power to turn your hair color lighter, which, if you spend a lot of time and money perfecting your tone, can be extremely frustrating (blonds and red hairs put your hand in the air!).
Also, take into consideration that it’s not just your hair that needs to be protected, but also the skin under your hair. That part of your body is also very vulnerable to sunburn and damage from long-term exposure. It is difficult to see because we have hair, and that’s a part of the body that we don’t take too much attention to, but skin cancer patches are common on the scalp and hairline.
The thought of applying sunscreen to the entire scalp and every hair seems unrealistic, but luckily some options can help us. Don’t worry if you have oily hair because these products are made, especially to not leave your hair greasy.
It is important to look for certain ingredients in these products, such as avobenzone, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide, known for their power to block UV rays. You can also look for ‘natural’ ingredients rich in antioxidants that are known for blocking free radicals. Oils derived from plants (such as sunflower oil), are also great to minimize the effects of the UV rays, and protect the hair and scalp.