Can the sun cause hair loss?

Excessive exposure results in sun-damaged hair

Summertime brings with it all the things we love: beach, holiday, and, of course, sun. However, all good things have a downside – and by this, we mean sun-damaged hair. We discuss how to protect your hair during the summer months!

Understanding the skin

Melanocytes protect our skin. These small cells found in the basal layer of the epidermis are primarily responsible for determining the pigmentation of our skin and protecting it from the sun. How resistant the epidermis is to the sun depends on the quantity of melanocytes present in the body. Although we have this functioning system in our bodies, our hair and skin are not used to prolonged sunlight exposure and this can lead to sun-damaged hair.

Overexposure to the sun can be shocking to the hair. The effects may not be felt on the hair or scalp immediately; however, the sun is slowly burning the different layers of the epidermis causing sun damage to hair. People who have chemically dyed or bleached hair are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the sun. Dry, brittle, weak hair can inevitably lead to significant hair loss. It is therefore vital that you protect your hair from the sun by wearing a hat that shields you from hot UV rays. There have already been cases where irreversible sun damage has lead to hair loss. The burning is so severe that the mother cell is permanently damaged.

The longterm effects

Even though you don’t necessarily feel this damage happening immediately, there are longterm consequences. Hair loss from the damaging effects of the sun is not immediately visible. The reason behind the delayed visibility is seasonal change. You will only notice signs of thinning and loss a few weeks or several months later. You are likely to start seeing hair fall in the autumn, between September and October. In serious problems, the damage is permanent. So it’s important to learn how to protect your hair from the sun.

Protect your hair from the sun

If you have sun-damaged hair and want to protect it next summer, check out these tips:

  • Boost moisture in the summer. Help replenish dry and sun-damaged hair by using a pre-shampoo hair oil .
  • Regular trims. Waiting too long can cause split ends and result in further damage. Just an inch is enough to boost your hair-health.
  • Follow a hair care routine adapted for sun-damaged hair. Use shampoos and conditioners that contain essential oils and natural extracts. Natural products feed the hair with essential plant-based ingredients and oils needed to make your hair look soft, silky, and shiny.

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