Sunlight is a majority of the times a good thing and very essential in the normal cycle of life. From sunlight we get many benefits like vitamin D which is crucial for strong healthy bones. Sunlight also provides us with heat that keeps the environment warm making it conducive for plants and other things to grow. Just like everything else, the sun’s ultra violet rays have some negative side effects. Here we are going to focus on how the sun’s ultra violet rays affect the hair. It is always surprising for many to hear that sunlight can damage hair. Many are only aware of how sunlight through its ultra violet rays affects the skin. Sun’s rays have the following effect on someone’s hair, the first one been the drying effect. This happens when hair is heated up by the sun’s rays resulting in loss of moisture through its cuticles. This drying effect is not good because it makes the hair brittle, frizzy and hard to manage. When hair becomes brittle and frizzy, it breaks easily and generally is weak. To avoid this drying effect, you are advised by hair experts to use hair conditioners that will settle into the cuticle well.
To avoid sunlight damaging your hair, one is advised to do the following major things. One is avoid been under sunlight for long hours. The more time spend under the sun, the more likely your hair will be damaged. If you insist on been under the sun, then you are advised to best be under a shade so that sunlight doesn’t directly hit you. Secondly one is advised to use a hat or another material to cover one’s head and specifically speaking cover the hair. A hat does the job of reflecting away the sun’s rays perfectly. The good thing about wearing a hat is how easily you can remove it whenever you want and the fact that it can compliment how you look while playing its main central role. Thirdly you can reduce the damaging effects of sunlight on your hair by only using hair products that have sunscreen. Unlike hats which reflect away sun’s rays, hair products that have sunscreen absorb the rays and prevent it from penetrating deep into the hair. It is important to pay close attention to those hair products which claim to have sunscreen; for some do not work as they claim. What you should look at most to know if a product fits the bill is its sunlight protection factor, commonly written in abbreviations as SPF. If you are the type of person who spends long hours under the sun, then make sure you look for a hair product that has high levels of sunscreen SPF.
Another thing that sunlight can do to someone’s hair is make it change color. It has been noted that those who are blonde can suddenly have their hair color change to yellowish white color and those who are redheads can have their hair color change to light brown. To reduce this phenomenon of change of color, one is advised to not use harsh chemicals that do not react well with sunlight. Also people are advised to quit doing some hair procedures like hair straightening. If you have any more information that you think is relevant to this topic, kindly join the discussion by adding your comment below.