Applying sunscreen has now become an integral part of our summer routine, but what about protecting our hair? Most of the time, we neglect it!
Sun, good or bad for hair?
In small doses, sun is not a problem for our hair. In fact:
- its vitamin D helps to promote the absorption of calcium and activate circulation in the tiny vessels that carry blood to the scalp; as a result, hair grows faster and stronger;
- it gives hair unique highlights that no artificial hair colouring can ever reproduce!
But there is a downside too! As is the case with our skin, hair that is often exposed to UVA and UVB rays for extended periods of time can become damaged. Hair is naturally protected by a hydrolipidic film and sebum, a fatty acid produced by the scalp. Prolonged exposure to the sun breaks down this natural barrier and slows the production of sebum, leaving hair drier and weaker. You can then experience:
- problems with dandruff, just like the peeling of skin;
- increased hair loss.
Summer hair protection
This summer, if you want to have fun in the sun without damaging your hair, you should wear a hat and apply to your hair protective oil that is especially made for this purpose.
Chlorinated water, salt water
Chlorine and sea salt damage hair by drying it out and making it brittle. Chlorine also makes hair lighter and can turn blond highlights green. The result is a dull, harsh mane.
A few hair care tips
- Rinse your hair with clear water after swimming
- At the end of the day, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, massaging softly
- Let your locks air dry
- Avoid tight hairdos (chignons, pony tails, etc.)
Do you have questions on hair care? Talk to a beauty consultant. She can help!