As we head into the hotter summer months, it’s good to start thinking about what you should do to keep your hair healthy all season.
A moderate amount of exposure to the sun is safe and it helps naturally raise your body’s Vitamin D levels, but too much of it can be bad, especially when the sun is at its peak between around 10-11am and 2-4pm. That is when you run a greater risk of damaging your hair and making it become dry and brittle. For sun exposure longer than about 30 minutes, it is good to think about protecting your head and hair with a loose hat or loose head covering or a sun umbrella if possible. Men who have minimal hair should use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen on the scalp to avoid getting a sunburn.
It is good to maintain a well-balanced diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great. High amounts of fat are not so great because they can increase oil on the skin which can lead to greasy hair which can clog your pores.
Good scalp hygiene is important, but that doesn’t always mean you need to shampoo every day. When your scalp is clean it can be more prone to absorbing vitamins from the sun, but unless your hair and scalp are oily, you may be better off just rinsing your head instead of shampooing every day. You can also try using only conditioner (no shampoo) every other day if you’re not too greasy. But when you have been sweating and when you have been in chlorinated pools or salty ocean water, you should shampoo as soon as possible afterwards. A conditioner with SPF protection would also be good as it would also help protect your hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
If you spend too much time in the sun or if your hair becomes too dry or too brittle, you should consider getting your hair and scalp examined to be sure there is no permanent damage and to find out what can be done in case there is a problem.
The professionals at New England Associates® will correctly identify the reason for your symptoms and help you review your options and solutions. It starts with a free examination and consultation to identify the cause, followed by help in reviewing the options and solutions that would be best-suited for you. If you are interested in discussing more of this with an expert, contact New England Associates® today.
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