During summer, all the focus seems to be on protecting your body from getting burned. However, it is important that you take steps to protect your hair and scalp from the sun as well. Too much sun and pool water can damage your hair. Plus, your scalp can get burned just like the rest of your body.
Keep Up With Your Conditioner
If you plan on spending a lot of time out in the sunshine, make sure you don't skimp on your conditioner. The sun's rays can wreak havoc on your hair. Just like the UV rays from the sun can damage your skin, they can also bleach your hair and weaken the bonds that keep your hair together and strong.
That means you need to keep up with conditioning your hair to keep it strong and looking great this summer. You should condition your hair every couple of days in the summer. You should also use leave-in conditioner at least once a week to help strength your hair against the summer sun.
Use A Hair Mask
Another way to protect your hair when you know you are will be outside all day or when you will be in the water is to use a hair mask that specifically states on the bottle that it contains UV protection.
If you have never used a hair mask before, it is very similar to leave-in conditioner. You apply it to your hair when it is damp, and keep it in all day. Some hair masks are more like a gel you put in your hair, and others are sprays you can put on your hair when it is damp or dry.
The UV protection in a hair mask will help coat your hair and prevent it from experiencing the same level of damage it would experience if it was just exposed to the sun and water.
Protect Your Scalp
It is easy to forget about putting sunscreen on your head. However, your scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of your body. If you part your hair, dab a little sunscreen on your part. If you are out in the sun for a long time, remember to reapply sunscreen to your part.
If you can, wear a hat whenever you are outside. This will help protect your scalp and your hair.
Don't forget about protecting your hair this summer. Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your hair and burn your scalp. Use lots of conditioner, hair masks and sunscreen to protect your head this summer. Contact a dermatologist like one from Advanced Dermatology Care for more information.