When it comes to protecting our skin from sun damage, we’ve got most of it under control. But can you say the same about your hair and scalp? Well, similar to the skin on your face and body, your hair and the skin on your scalp are equally susceptible to sun damage. This can leave your hair dry and frizzy and your scalp angry, inflamed and itchy. Sounds familiar, right?
And since hair sunscreens aren’t easily available in India RN, providing your hair and scalp sun protection it needs to stay healthy isn’t that straightforward and simple. But this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to minimise sun damage. Scroll down for five simple tips to protect your hair and scalp from damage caused by harmful UV rays…
- 01. Use a conditioner
- 02. Try a leave-in treatment
- 03. Eat foods rich in antioxidants
- 04. Wear a hat or scarf
01. Use a conditioner
Apart from preventing dryness and frizz, conditioners also form a protective layer on the hair that shields it from free radical damage. This is why it is essential to use a conditioner after every wash. They also add shine and make your hair more manageable, allowing you to flaunt soft, bouncy and perfectly healthy throughout the year.
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02. Try a leave-in treatment
Sometimes, simply using a conditioner is not enough, especially if you have naturally dry hair that’s more prone to damage. This is when supplementing your hair with an added layer of nourishment helps. To protect your hair against damage, you can apply a few pumps of a leave-in conditioner to eliminate dryness further while providing an extra layer of protection against UV damage.
03. Eat foods rich in antioxidants
Your diet plays a vital role in keeping your hair healthy and protected. Make sure to include more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. Include dark and leafy green vegetables, seasonal fruits and different types of seeds and nuts in your diet to receive protection against oxidative damage from the inside and keep your scalp looking healthy and hair gorgeous on the outside.
04. Wear a hat or scarf
If you live in a hot and humid place, where the sun rays are harsh, it may do your hair and scalp a considerable favour to tie a scarf around your head or wear a wide-brimmed hat. They prevent your hair and scalp from coming in direct contact with the harsh sun rays and help minimise damage to a great extent.