I remember when I was a teen, I used to dowse my hair in lemon juice and bake in the sun for hours in an effort to naturally lighten my hair (I also used to use lotion instead of sunscreen to get tan, but that’s another horror story for another day). It really did work, and since I couldn’t afford to get highlights on my babysitting budget, it was the next best thing.
What I didn’t know, is that I was doing a lot of damage to my hair, not only from the lemon juice, but from exposing my hair to so much harsh sunlight.
When it comes to protecting hair from the sun’s rays, a lot of people shrug it off.
We’ve all heard it – “why would I need to do anything to protect my hair, it’s just dead protein! It doesn’t need vitamins or any help.” Wrong! Elements such as chemical pollution, heat, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun does critical damage to you hair just as it does damage to your skin.
According to an article on hair care from KidsHealth.org, “When hair is damaged, though, the scales may separate and hair can become dry. Because the scales on dry hair don’t protect the inner two layers as well, hair can break and look dull.” Damaged, dry hair loses shine, is prone to frizziness and breakage, won’t grow as quickly, and is so much harder to style and manage.
So, how do you beat the sun? Protection and prevention first – wear hats when you hit the beach, and get a sunscreen for your hair. Take a look at this LatestHairstyles.com article for top products to treat your hair if you are out in the sun a lot. One of their easiest suggestions? Drink more water. According to the article, “Keeping your body hydrated in turn keeps your hair hydrated. Drink lots of fresh water to keep you body feeling good and your hair looking better!”
What if you’ve already done some serious damage to your hair and want to turn back time? Well, unfortunately a time machine hasn’t been invented yet, but deeply conditioning your hair or even considering a keratin treatment can revitalized sun damaged hair. TheFrisky.com recommends Rene Furterer’s After Sun products, such as their After-Sun Mask for dry hair.