Can the sun cause damage to your hair?
Many people long for the moments that they can spend outdoors, soaking up the sun. Though the sun is the best source for Vitamin D, it’s UVA, and UVB rays can cause some harm. Like they say, “too much of anything, can be bad.”
Okay, and what about your hair?
With too much exposure to the sun, the outer layer of hair strands can become brittle, dry, broken, and discolored. When the sun is beaming down on your head, it can cause the production of the compound superoxide. Superoxide can cause hair to shed prematurely.
If you are balding, you are more at risk of getting sunburned. Lots of sun exposure on the scalp can lead to skin cancer. Many would argue that sunburn on the bald spot is the absolute worst type of sunburn. With too much exposure to the sun, a bald spot can become a burning, itching, and annoying pain. A bald spot is the easiest place to get sunburned, plus it takes longer to heal than the rest of the body. Let’s be clear; even people with hair can still get sunburned on their scalp. It’s just that the more hair that is there, the more protection it provides for the scalp.
Protect your hair and head from sun damage.
It’s good to know that sunlight is not going to cause you to go bald. Even if your hair does break off due to overexposure, your hair will likely grow back. Some may think to avoid the sun all together by staying in-doors or wearing a hat, but this isn’t always necessary. Moisturized hair is the key to being sure your hair stays healthy while in the sun. There are many different types of hair moisturizes and conditioners on the market that will help keep your hair hydrated and healthy.
If you’re balding, remembering to apply sunscreen in the balding area is crucial. Also, remember to reapply throughout your time in the sun. To alleviate having to deal with it at all, it can be more comfortable and a lot more reliable to wear a hat.
How much sun is healthy per day?
According to HealthLine.com, “To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week.”
If your hair is thinning and you still want to enjoy days in the sun, be mindful of things you can do to protect yourself. Remember, the more hair, the better the protection for your scalp; this is where we can help! Contact us today to learn more and begin restoring your hair so that you can enjoy time in the sun.