You always read about how damaging the sun and its UV rays are for your skin, but what you don’t hear about nearly as much is just how damaging the sun’s rays can be for your hair. It’s true – UV rays can dry out hair and cause just as much damage as chemically treating hair or using too many heating tools (like flat irons) on it each day.
How do sunlight and UV rays affect hair?
Sunlight can create a lot of harmful situations for hair, and unlike what many people think, the sun damage can actually strike all the way to the inner structure of the hair, causing long-term damage. Most sun damage to hair results in:
- Weak hair strands
- Strands that are brittle
- Hair that’s dried out
These results are multiplied if your hair is already colored or chemically treated in some way, so it’s even more important to protect your hair against the sun’s potentially harmful rays.
How can you protect your hair against too much sun?
Protecting your hair is easy with just a few preventative measures. For starters, wearing a hat can help keep sun rays away from hair and your scalp. You can also use a shampoo or conditioner with sunscreen in it to help protect hair follicles – or use a hair sunscreen directly on your hair before heading outdoors.