In the summer, extreme exposure to sun, chlorine and salt affects the hair, making it dull and dry. Face and body sunscreens definitely don’t miss from your summer bag. What about hair and hair sunscreens?
Why should I use hair sunscreen?
When the hair is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the outer layer of the hair and ceratin are gradually destroyed and thus free radicals are created.
UVB radiation causes oxidative damage to the hair. The free radicals produced by the effect of ultraviolet radiation attack hair proteins like keratin, which is the main structural component of the hair. The result is that the hair gradually weakens and becomes more fragile and dull.
Melanin is a natural pigment that gives the characteristic color of the hair. It offers protection against the action of free radicals, absorbs and filters UV radiation. Exposure to UVA radiation results in the destruction of this natural pigment, causing changes in the color of the hair. Destruction and hair discoloration are more apparent in light-colored hair because they have less melanin. As for the dyed hair, the sun dries them, fades their color and makes them look dim and dull.
Even though sun destroys the hair, the effect is not as severe as on the skin. Hair is continuously regenerated, while hair follicle is protected in the skin. This, of course, does not mean that they have to lose their natural glow and to be destroyed. So it’s time to put another essential care product on your beach bag, the hair sunscreen!
Hair sunscreens are available in various forms, such as sunscreen hair oil, sunscreen hair cream as well as spray for dyed hair and color protection. Natural hair sunscreens contain herbal extracts and softening oils that protect against the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Moisturizing hairsprays contain keratin, provitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid that moisturize and rejuvenate the hair.
Tips for better hair protection
- Wear a hat. It protects a large part of your hair while providing shade to your face, protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation.
- Hydration is essential to protect hair from dryness. Apply moisturizing oils, masks and softening creams that treat hair, replenish the lost moisture and make them soft and resistant to chlorine and salt.
- Wet hair is more “weak” and vulnerable. Before you get into the water, wet your hair with fresh water to avoid the direct effect of chlorine and salt on the hair. If you have long hair, make a tress and then apply sunscreen. After swimming, rinse hair with fresh water and re-apply hair sunscreen.
Find Vita4you the hair sunscreen that suits you and enjoy your summer vacation without fear.