My friend Florencia has always been unique. While most people love to tan, Florencia hates it. She avoids going outside as much as possible during the day, and always wears sunscreen and a giant hat. Florence has the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen: long, dark, and silky. She is also susceptible to the sun, which can quickly turn her mane into a dry, brittle mess. Florence uses daily shampoos, conditioners, and unique treatments to look like a runway model. I’ve tried to persuade her to give more of herself to the sun, let her hair down, and enjoy the warm embrace of her skin. But, the fear of damaging her hair is too intense.
The truth is that UV radiation from the sun bleaches hair, especially in people with color-treated hair. UV exposure breaks down the artificial pigments in the hair, causing rapid color loss. The sun also alters the texture of the hair, making it coarser and frizzier. This is partly due to moisture loss and cuticle damage.
1️⃣ Wear a wide-brimmed hat. It is excellent protection for the hair and scalp from sun damage. Find hair products with UV protection to protect your hair.
2️⃣ Moisturized hair. Sun and heat dry out hair, so keep it well hydrated. Use conditioners and moisturizing treatments regularly.
3️⃣ Avoid peak sun hours. Direct sun exposure during the peak hours of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., “kills” hair.
4️⃣ Gather the hair. If you can’t avoid sun exposure, tie your hair up in a bun or braid to reduce direct exposure.
5️⃣ After swimming. Rinse your hair with clean water after swimming in the pool or ocean. Chlorine and salt are other big enemies of hair.
6️⃣ Beware of hot water. When washing your hair, use lukewarm water instead of hot, as hot water can dry it even more. Don’t wash your hair daily; this removes the natural oils that protect your hair. Opt for cleaning every two to three days instead.