Other than adorning our physical appearance, the hair on our head also keeps us cool and regulated when temperatures are sweltering and insulates our bodies when it is cold. It further protects us from UV radiation. Our hair follicles can take a lot of damage if not well protected as it acts as a barrier between our skin and the sun’s rays.
Damaged follicles can affect how quickly your hair grows and also its health, hence, protecting your head is mandatory! Since Hair follicles are just specialized skin cells, they can be affected by overexposure to the sun.
The protective barrier of natural oils we all have on our scalp is affected by overexposure to the sun, which causes blood vessels to be inflamed through dilation. This damage may lead to hair loss which maybe as a result of synthesis of superoxide, a compound that causes hair follicles to prevent growth and trigger the shedding phase.
Nothing can permanently repair or fix damaged hair; however it can be reconditioned to appear healthy. To improve the appearance of damaged hair you can camouflage with softness, moisture and protein treatments. Nevertheless these treatments will wash off the hair shaft. Cutting hair off and letting it regrow is the only way to permanently improve damaged hair.
The following tips will help you keep your follicles, scalp and hair healthy and growing strong this summer:
1. Update your look with a hat
The best investment for your skin is a nice assortment of big hats. Hats will keep you cooler by creating shade, while concurrently making your skin, scalp and hair very happy.
2. Using zinc oxide
Massaging a zinc oxide sunblock cream onto the areas of you scalp that are exposed due thinning air can be a great option for those who don’t like wearing hats. This will help protect the vulnerable areas. Pulling you hair back to cover these areas can be a great way if you have long hair
3. When it comes to sunscreen treat your hair like your skin
Sun protection can be directly applied to the hair. The same products you are using for you face and can sometimes work in the hair. Just rub it between your hands then run your fingers through your hair gently.
4. For sun protection use a natural oil
Apart from delivering natural sun protection, natural oils also smooth the cuticle and add shine. Olive oil, coconut, avocado and raspberry seed are my favorites.