My mother’s derm is adamant on using SPF daily, whether it’s cloudy or sunny, 35 degrees or -5. The importance of protecting your skin from sun damage is stressed upon by every skincare maniac and every dermatologist. But very few people talk about SPF protection for your locks.
Yes, to achieve healthy, shiny hair, you need to protect it from the harmful sun rays too. The UV rays can be drying to your hair and make them look frayed and frizzy – two adjectives that shouldn’t be associated with your mane. The sun is powerful enough to damage the cuticle (the exterior layer) and the protein inside of your hair, which is bad, bad news. The sun even acts as a bleach; extended exposure to the sun can lead to discoloured hair.
Making matters worse, if you use heat styling tools on the reg, you might want to reduce sun exposure as your hair is even more brittle and prone to breakage and damage.
The good news is that there are a lot of products in the market that can help avoid sun damage to your hair and scalp, without leaving your hair greasy or full of white residue.