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How the Sun Affects Your Hair


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August is one of the most popular months for summer travel, and many Brits will be jetting off to sunny destinations such as Portugal and Spain or taking advantage of the many stunning seaside resorts that Britain has to offer. While it’s good to make the most of the long summer holidays, it’s important to remember to use the right hair protection to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.

The effect of sun damage on hair
Sun safety is a top priority for most people, but sun protection on the upper part of your body shouldn’t stop with your face and neck. Overexposure to the sun can leave your hair feeling dry and discoloured, but it can also have long-term effects. Your hair has an outer cuticle protective layer and an inner protein cortex. It looks and feels most smooth and fresh when your outer cuticle cells are all in a flat line, similar to a protective wall.

Although your hair cannot get sunburned, prolonged exposure will uncover any weaknesses in your hair and cause a brittle effect. If you dye your hair, it’s even more apparent as the bleach and dye are already inside the cortex ready to change, but it’s important to note that the sun can also damage healthy, non-chemically altered hair.

The best way to avoid damaging your hair is to make sure it is healthy before your holidays. You need to look for hair products that will nourish and strengthen the outer cuticle, in order to seal and retain moisture, while also prepare it to keep UV radiation out.

Make hair protection a top priority

It’s also crucial to protect your hair while you’re on your holidays. If you don’t plan on wearing a cap or a wide brim hat, then we would recommend keeping your hair hydrated and protected with our Sun-Sea Hair Protection. It contains UV filters to protect your hair from sunlight and reduce colour fading, as well as Argan Oil to rehydrate your hair.

Don’t forget your scalp
One of the most common areas for sunburn is the scalp and parting, and if you don’t want to be stuck with a flaky scalp, then you should use our Scalp Protection Spray SPF30. It’s easy to apply and travel size so you can pop it in your handbag and ensure your hair and scalp are always protected.

Stay in the shade
As important as it is to apply sun protection products that are suitable for your hair and scalp regularly and correctly, it is also essential to take breaks from the sun throughout the day and spend some time in the shade, especially when the sun is at its strongest. You should also make sure you drink plenty of water and eat foods that are rich in omega-3, such as salmon and avocado, to stimulate hair growth.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your luscious locks stay healthy and protected all summer long!

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