The issue of sun protection is significant, especially in the summer. Hair, like our skin, requires protection from the sun’s rays.
Unfortunately, not everyone believes it is critical to protect their hair. UV light not only damages and burns the hair, but it can also cause breakage. Furthermore, seawater acts on the hair similarly to hydrogen peroxide when exposed to UV rays. It bleaches the hair, lightens it, and makes it porous. Even without water, UV rays cause double damage to hair: alpha rays dehydrate the hair structure, while beta rays destroy natural and artificial pigments.
How can you shield your hair from the sun’s rays?
- Before going to the beach, use a fantastic hair conditioner with an SPF of at least 10.
- Wear a hat to protect your hair from the sun.
- Apply sunscreen to your body if your hair is not protected. At home, remove the cream with a moisturizing shampoo.
- While on vacation at sea, you should wash your hair every day, but you must use the correct shampoo. It should be gentle and moisturizing, and it should be labelled “For frequent use.” You can buy a special sunscreen shampoo, but it is unnecessary; pay attention to its composition.
A good shampoo should include the following ingredients:
- Proteins, ureas, and collagen hydrate the hair preventing it from becoming dry and brittle and making it more elastic.
- Seaweed extracts moisturize and strengthen the hair.
- Coconut milk – compensates for protein loss in the hair and intensely moisturizes.
- Silk proteins hydrate and nourish hair, making it stronger and a rich shine.
- Vitamin A nourishes the hair from within and makes the scalp smooth and supple.
- Aloe vera is the most decadent gel, containing over 70 medicinal ingredients, and is the source of hair vitality.
Hair that has been exposed to salt water does not look good. Make a soda solution: 1 tablespoon of soda per 1 litre of water. After bathing, rinse your hair with it. Can also use mineral water to rinse your hair. Then, apply a hair conditioner, preferably one with UV protection.
In the summer, you should use conditioners and hair masks regularly. Conditioners seal the hair’s scales, making it more protected, smooth, and shiny.
Masks deeply nourish and revitalize the hair. It is preferable to use conditioners with UV protection that do not need to be washed off.
It is preferable if the masks and conditioners contain the following ingredients:
- Vitamin E – retains moisture, adds lustre to the hair, prevents premature greying, and moisturizes the scalp.
- Vitamin F nourishes, moisturizes, and regenerates hair cells.
- Chitosan – slows hair ageing and gives it energy.
- Keratin – repairs the hair’s damage.
- Panthenol – retains moisture and makes combing easier.
- Vegetable oils hydrate and form a protective layer on the skin.