Hopefully you’re well aware of the damage the sun can cause to your skin, and you use SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum sunscreen on your face and all exposed body skin every day, reapplying every couple hours as long as you’re exposed (and remember that sun exposure through normal glass windows counts too!), but is your skin the only thing you should be worried about when it comes to sun damage?
As it turns out, no, it definitely isn’t. Your hair probably isn’t the first thing you consider when it comes time to lather up with SPF to avoid the worst of the radiation that emanates from the star at the center of our solar system, but you should probably be paying more attention to it than you likely are. For one thing, unless you have really thick, curly hair, part of your scalp is generally going to be exposed, and you better believe your scalp can get sunburned too. Besides that, though, your hair’s color can bet bleached and washed out, and your hair can grow brittle and frayed with too much exposure, depending on your hair type. If this sounds worrisome at all (and we bet it does), read on to hear Vine Vera’s top recommendations for keeping your scalp and hair as protected from the sun as your skin hopefully is.
Sunscreen Your Scalp!
This one’s pretty simple and follows naturally from the realization that most people have exposed skin at the top of their head, unless their hair is very curly or styled in an unusual way. In any case, if your part is exposing even a thin little line of scalp, you should be sun-screening it. You can use normal sunscreen for this, but this can damage your hair or make it too greasy around where you apply it to your scalp, so use an especially gentle, non-greasy formula, or specifically seek out a scalp-sunscreen (they do exist!). Just remember that the golden rule of sunscreen applies just as much to the scalp—if not more so, given it’s prime position to receive sunlight at the top of your head—as anywhere else: broad spectrum and SPF 30 or higher.
Keep Your Hair Safe
There are a few ways to do this. For one, just wear a hat! Simple and easy, and doesn’t involve any extra products. That said, if hats aren’t really your thing, you can also seek out spray-on “veils” with SPF for your hair. Just mist it on, let it dry, and your hair will have an invisible later of protection against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, just like your face and body do after you apply sunscreen.
During the worst parts of summer, especially, make sure you’re heaping on the conditioner to continually fortify against and repair any damage from the sun. Leave it in extra-long, too; try shaving your legs in the shower so it can sit in your hair for a good while extra before washing it out.