Too much sun can disturb the scalp and promote hair loss. Hair bleach in the sun, become cracked and brittle. Sunburns on the scalp can cause serious damage to follicles and the upper layers of the skin. Those who love their hair should always provide sufficient sun protection in summer.
- 1 Why does sun damage skin and hair?
- 2 Natural hair loss due to sun and warmth
- 3 Hair loss due to sunburn
- 4 Best of a one-off
- 5 Sun and sea – a dangerous mixture for hair
- 6 Sunscreen spray for hair
- 7 Biological sun protection for hair
- 8 Sunprotection with hats, hats and scarves
- 9 Caution with metal on the head and sun
- 10 Colorations, curling rod and styling in summer
Why does sun damage skin and hair?
There has long been increased sensitivity when it comes to protecting the skin of the body. Skin cancer rates speak for themselves. Only a few reckless and risk-taking people expose themselves to the sun indefinitely and without protection.
The sun’s UV radiation has become more aggressive due to changes in the Earth’s atmosphere in recent decades. We people in Central Europe in particular must adapt. Our sun screen is not as good by nature as the dark-skinned human type.
In the case of scalps and hair, the newfound sensitivity stops strangely quickly. Too many people still think the hair would protect the scalp from sunburn.
In part, that is true. However, the apex and hair attachments remain dangerous weak points. If the main hair clears, becomes thinner or if it has already partially failed, sun protection must be operated.
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Natural hair loss due to sun and warmth
In addition to hair loss due to sun, there is a very natural increased hair loss during summer time. If the temperatures rise, we throw off humans’ head hair, just as many animals do.
Especially in late summer, after brushing or combing, there may be more hair in the brush than is otherwise the case.
In normal people, this natural seasonal hair loss of overall appearance of hair splendor is not noticeable any further.
In the case of those affected by hair loss, on the other hand, they do. They want to protect the last surviving hair and not lose it by sun or other factors.
Hair loss due to sunburn
The scalp is one of the most sensitive areas of the skin. Normally it is covered by the main hair and to a certain extent so protected in a natural way.
People who wear the hair shaved, sufferers of hair loss or baldness carriers can get a sunburn on the scalp especially quickly.
Scalp does not brown as easily as other parts of the skin. Normally, so-called melanocytes (pigment cells) protect the skin from sunlight.
The number of melanocytes in the skin varies individually. On the scalp and in other hidden parts of the body it is significantly lower than on the arms, on the shoulders or on the face.
Southern Europeans and dark-skinned people generally have more pigments and thus better natural protection against sun exposure. Central and northern Europeans, on the other hand, are simply not made for a permanent stay in the scorching sun. The head is particularly endangered by the almost vertical incidence of the sun’s rays.
Aggressive sunlight and UV radiation do not stop at the skin surface. They penetrate into deep layers. There, they can cause serious damage to stem cells. Stem cells carry the information for optimal renewal of skin and hair cells. Damage in this area can lead to lasting disturbances in hair growth and the beauty of the hair. Existing hair is repelled or inferior hair is reproduced. At worst, the follicles cease their work completely.
Best of a one-off
Sunburn will not immediately permanently damage the scalp and hair. In order to cause irreversible damage with hair loss, the scalp must be permanently exposed to extreme stress from the sun.
The danger can be creeping. A slight sunburn causes no more than feelings of tension on the scalp. If the sunburn is not recognized as such and taken seriously, the stress continues unhindered.
If you like to be outside in summer, have thin hair and light skin, you should always think of sufficient sun protection for your hair.
Sun and sea – a dangerous mixture for hair
In addition to pure UV radiation, salt and chlorine water do a good job of their hair and scalp.
Who does not know this, after the bath in the sea the hairs are unusually full and grippy.
This may seem pleasant at first. Especially thin hair looks fuller again in this way. In addition, it lies wonderfully styled on the head due to the heavy salt and remains in shape by itself.
But the salt in the hair is dangerous. It removes moisture from the head and dries out the scalp. The structure of the hair is roughened and opened for harmful influences.
Experts advise to shower yourself immediately after bathing in salt water with fresh water. Where the sea is wild and far and wide no shower available, a supply of drinking water in plastic bottles helps. Beware of tap water in the southern countries. This is also mixed with a certain amount of chlorine, especially during summer time. Therefore, prefer to use cheap drinking water from the supermarket.
Chlorine additions and other chemicals in the pool dry skin and hair also in an unpleasant way. Here, too, clear water should be rinsed as soon as possible. A natural moisturizing pack in the evening can bring stressed hair back into shape.
The market now offers a rich selection of shampoos and care applications especially for the holiday season. The care substances can pull chlorine and salt perfectly out of the hair and rinse it out. In addition, they form a protective film to prevent the penetration of harmful substances.
Sunscreen spray for hair
Sun sprays are now also available for hair. In principle, the sprays work just like other sunscreens. They block to some extent the penetration of harmful UV‑A and UV‑B rays.
The sprays are arranged in such a way that they lie on the scalp and hair like a protective film. Instead of mineral filters, these sprays use only chemical filters. The mineral solutions would weigh the hair too much.
Good sunscreens for the hair do not grease and do not form an oily shiny film. In addition, there are products only for the scalp. With a dosing trunk, these sunscreens are applied specifically to the apex and the hair attachments.
Biological sun protection for hair
Those who are sensitive to chemical sunprotection sprays do not have it so easy at the moment. So far, there is no purely organically produced sun screen only for the hair. In any case, no spray.
If you want, you can spray normal biological sun lotion on your hair and scalp. However, men and women must expect that the case and the suppleness of the hair will change as a result. In order to get the sunscreen off the head again afterwards, this experiment should only be done with water-soluble sun sprays.
Otherwise, sensitive skin and hair types with special care products can limit damage. Cures and moisturizing packs strengthen the hair and provide it with a lot of good moisture.
Otherwise, there is only one solution for sensitive nature types – cap up and down in the shade!
Sunprotection with hats, hats and scarves
Of course, the good old sun hat also protects against sunburn on the scalp. But beware, not all chic and fashionable models are equally suitable as a protective measure in summer.
Wide-mesh edstraw hats still allow too much sunlight to pass through. The situation is very similar with thin fabric caps or caps.
Even a fancy cloth can only allow burns all too quickly. Black scarves, hats and hats attract the sun almost magically.
When the sun pops the most or in very hot regions, only special hats and hats with safe UV sun protection help.
Such models can be found in high-quality retailers for outdoor clothing or at very good hat manufacturers. They are made of particularly tightly woven natural fibres such as cotton, wool or linen and can be sun-repellent coated.
A sun hat without special UV protection must not be careless. Sitting on the beach for hours in the sun, the hat or a cap can convey deceptive security.
Caution with metal on the head and sun
In addition to the color black, metal attracts sun rays. Hair clips with metal, accessories on sun hats or glasses with metal parts should be taboo in high sunlight.
The glittering surfaces reflect and amplify the sunlight. At the same time, they can generate a veritable electrical voltage on the head. The hairs are perfect receivers for these tensions. In the hair they cause damage and put the scalp additionally under stress.
Many manufacturers of hair gums and co. now produce their goods completely free of metals.
Colorations, curling rod and styling in summer
Those who suffer from hair lossshould refrain from gruelling styling methods anyway. Chemical hair color can be replaced by natural pigments.
In summer, hair is simply exposed to greater stress. Freshly coloured hair can fade unattractively after sunbathing. In the pool water, blondes can get an unpleasant green stitch.
Many cheap hair gels, sprays and styling pastes stick hair pores and scalp. In summer and at high temperatures, these products often react quite differently than in the cooler season. Gel becomes hard and brittle. The hair cannot sit properly despite hairspray. Those who share these experiences should give their hair a styling break at least in the summer.
Also stressful are treatments with curling rods, wave iron, the hair dryer (if it has to be, then better blow dry eradry) or even permanent waves.
Natural products and organic hair care are less stressful than chemical products. Summer can be the best time to switch to tolerable hair products. The scalp and hair will surely thank their wearer.