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Question: Can the sun damage your hair?

Answer: Yes, the sun can be very damaging to your hair — and your skin and hair react to the sun in very different ways. Most people think your hair and skin are alike in this regard, but that is not the case. Your hair can’t get a sunburn or cancer, but your scalp can.

So what does the sun do to your hair, exactly? If your hair receives prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays, it threatens all that hard work you’ve put into protecting your hair with products. Excessive exposure can lead to the breaking down of proteins that prevent you from having brittle hair — not to mention it also makes your hair much more susceptible to breakage and split ends. Bleached or colored hair is much more vulnerable to the effects of these UV rays, but any hair type can be affected. The sunlight will also cause your hair to lighten naturally, which — for those brunettes who want to keep their hair color — isn’t a good thing.

Well then, how on Earth do you protect your hair from sun damage? My favorite method involves using a protective spray. There are dozens out there, but my favorite is B. The Product’s Sun Out. This product can be used as leave-in conditioner, sun protection, and a detangler, making it a perfect option for a day at the pool or beach.

 

Another method is to avoid going out in the sun on a regular basis. Of course, this is near impossible for some of us who have to go out during the day and like going to the beach during the warm season. If you’re going out at this time, vouch for UV protective hairspray, leave-in conditioner, or even a hat!

Keeping your hair protected is really easy, and new products are coming out every day to help keep those luscious locks perfect all summer long. Happy summer!