We all know that when vacations are near and the beach is the destination, many things have to be prepared. Skincare, sun protection, hotel reservations, having the nails done… But what about hair? Does it need some special care? and should we protect it even during other seasons?
Although we don’t feel any changes in our hair during exposure to the sun, let me tell you it is being damaged by the rays. As well as the skin, hair should be cared for when going to the beach because the results can be worse than you imagine.
First of all, sun rays weaken the structure of the hair, making it drier, brittle, and more prone to breakage. Besides, when going to the beach or just sitting in the backyard to get some tan we usually end up refreshing in the sea or in the pool. Chlorine and salt can even enhance the sun’s effects.
What is more, there are types of hair that are weaker than others. Those that are more processed and damage are not as strong as those hairs that haven’t been damaged before. Besides, the length of the hair is also important. If it is longer, it is weaker and, therefore, more vulnerable to sun rays.
How to protect your hair from sun damage
1. Get a haircut
If you regularly cut your hair, you will make sure that your hair is in good condition and there is less risk of split ends.
2. Wear hats or bandanas to cover your hair
It seems pretty obvious, but it works. It will keep your hair away from damaging UV rays.
While you won’t be able to avoid all sun damage to your hair, regular conditioning will help to bring back the moisture your hair needs to be healthy.
4. Avoid over-styling and brushing
Heat will make the situation worse, so try not to use any tools that expose your hair to further heat or stress.
5. Try not to submerge your hair
Seawater can strip your hair from natural oils, so while you can swim once in a while in the sea, if you do it everyday, it is very likely that it will cause further damage.
The bottom line is: Make sure that when you come back from vacation you trim your hair. This is because split ends tend to tangle easier and break. During your vacation, you can consider using a water-proof UV filter, staying in the shade, or wearing a hat. Finally, when you get back home, you can try applying some hair masks to nourish the strands and tackle the effects of the sun.
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