We’ve already mentioned the numerable skin problems caused by the sun — blemishes, premature ageing, uneven skin tone and whatnot. But do you think your skin is the only part of the body that’s susceptible to damage? What about your crowning glory? The sun isn’t kind to your precious tresses, especially in summer when the temperatures are soaring.

Hydrophilic film protects the hair from moisture loss, but the film is broken in dry hair type. Curly hair is naturally dry which means it is more vulnerable to damage caused by the sun. Here’s how you can protect your curly hair from the sun.

 

Heat protection spray

Heat protection spray

You’ve been using a heat protection spray before styling your hair to protect it from damage. But the sun’s UV rays are far more damaging than the heat emitted from styling tools. Spritzing a little bit of heat protection spray such as the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray few minutes before stepping out in the sun can help protect your tresses.

 

Shea butter

Shea butter

Natural ingredients like shea butter can also be used to protect your hair as well as nourish it and prevent dryness. This ingredient is used in many skin and hair care products due to its moisturising and protective properties. Shea butter has an SPF value of 4-6 which is decent enough for your hair. Look for hair care products that contain this ingredient.

 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Known for its superior nourishing properties, coconut oil has an SPF value of 7.5! Probably the highest among natural ingredients. This oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, which means it repairs damaged hair and prevents breakage. After washing and towel-drying your hair, apply a little bit of coconut oil onto damp hair using the scrunching method.

 

Antioxidant-rich food

Antioxidant-rich food

Apart from topical application, it is also important to eat antioxidant-rich food that protects your skin, hair and body from the damaging rays of the sun as well as other environmental stressors. Foods rich in vitamin C, E and A like carrots, dark leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, mangoes and apricots are super beneficial for the hair.