Let's face it, when it comes to protecting ourselves from the sun, it's sometimes easy to forget about our hair. Whether it's summertime and we're at the beach or skiing in the winter, or even just traveling to and from work, it's easy to get too much sun exposure on our skin-and that includes the skin on our scalp.
There are other ways the sun can damage our hair, too. Dehydration, for example is a common side effect of spending long periods in the sun on a hot day. But, even just simple dietary changes can help prevent the damage caused by the sun or from a dry scalp. Here are 5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Hair From the Sun and keep it healthy and strong for years to come.
1. Cover it up!
The easiest way to protect your hair from too much sun, is to cover it up. While this won't completely solve the problem, it can go a long way to avoid getting a sunburn, especially in those thinning and balding areas. Sunburns on the scalp, besides being very painful, can also damage hair follicles and make it harder for hair to grow back. Wearing a hat or a scarf that provides enough protection to keep the UV-rays out and the moisture in can go a long way towards preventing further damage and the discomfort of a sunburn.
2. Stay loose!
Although it's a good idea to cover your hair up in the sun, you don't want it bound to tightly. This causes breakage and more hair loss. Keep it loose and try to avoid putting it in a ponytail regularly. This is one of the most overlooked causes for hair loss that is easily avoidable. If it's too hot for long locks, keep it short-but not too short. The less hair, the more sun exposure to your scalp, so try to aim for a hairstyle short enough to keep your neck cool, but not above the ears or too closely cropped. It's a great way to get rid of those split ends, too, and allows your hair to grow in faster and fuller when you're ready to grow it out again.
3. Keep it Hydrated!
Another simple solution that is always a good idea is to make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause your hair to dry out and split, and a dry scalp leads to itchy, flaky skin which can clog your hair follicles and cause dandruff, among other things. In addition to upping your water intake, there are several other ways to lock in the moisture and keep your hair soft and full. Try using a hair mask with keratin, lipids and ceramides to protect against split ends. Or use a sunscreen spray or UV-filter styling products, or both- especially if your hair is thinning or there are bald spot. Make sure to massage the spray in to thinning or bare areas for the best results.
Another great product for keeping your hair from drying out is to use Minoxidil Topical Vasodilator, available at Mane Image. The Vasodilator means it widens the blood vessels in hair follicles, keeping the blood circulation flowing, especially in areas where hair growth has slowed or stopped. If you have dry, brittle or thinning hair, regardless if it's due to the sun or other factors, this is one of the best topical hair products for locking in moisture and keeping hair growing and strong.
4. Up your Vitamin Intake
Simple sun exposure can strip your hair of nutrients and cause protein's to break down, leaving you with split ends and dry, damaged hair. If your hair is thinning or balding, then it can be even more harmful and all the more important to protect those more vulnerable spots to reduce further hair loss. Try our Viviscal Pro Oral Supplement carried at Mane Image. It's full of all the essential nutrients like biotin and vitamin-c you need to promote healthy hair growth in a natural, easy to use way.
5. Don't Forget to Moisturize!
In addition to deep conditioners which can help keep moisture in and protect against drying from the sun, there are a few additional things you can do to keep your hair moisturized and healthy. A great way for your hair to stay protected from breakage due to the sun is to try using a patch. The Havogen 5 Patches Transdermal Supplement we use at Mane Image are a great natural plant-based moisturizing patch full of nutrients that keep your hair healthy and strong. Its easy to use. You just apply the clear patch behind the ear and you're good to go for up to twelve hours of protection.
To learn more about how to protect your hair from the sun the products and services we offer at Mane Image Hair Restoration Center, please Contact Us. Our locally-owned hair restoration center has been helping people with hair loss in the Merryville, Indiana area since 1987. We've built a reputation around providing the best treatment and restorative options available for both men and women. If you have thinning or balding hair and want a natural-looking solution with a personal touch, please contact us online to learn more about our restorative products and treatments from the recognized leaders in Hair Restoration in the Merryville, Indiana area.