We’ve all heard of the damaging effects the sun can have on us, from sun spots to skin cancer. Sun damage is never something we want to include in our “what I did on my summer vacation” essays.
Many of us have become almost OCD when it comes to shading our skin, ensuring that sunscreen is a staple in our morning routine.
But when we think of the things that damage our hair, we rarely consider UV rays. Surely sunlight doesn’t affect our hair that much … right?
As amazing as it feels to hang out in the sun, it can definitely damage our locks.
If your hair is already damaged, the sun will seriously amplify your issues. No, this isn’t the moment to grab your regular sunscreen and slather it all over your hair! Locks need specialised help to protect against (and fix) sun damage.
How can the sun damage your hair?
After a long time in the sun, UVA and UVB rays will damage your hair’s cuticle and disintegrate the Keratin in your locks. So, how does sun damage hair? UV rays can cause a whole range of damage, including dry and brittle strands, frizziness, and dry split ends.
Fine hair is even more sensitive to the sun. And any hair type is more vulnerable if you’ve recently switched up your look with a brand-new colour. Your vibrant new colour can fade quickly in the sun because the rays bleach pigments from your hair.