What causes sun damaged hair?
Summer may be the preferred season of many, but it can wreak havoc on our bodies – especially our skin and hair. There are several reasons why your hair becomes dry and brittle during the warmer months. A major contributing factor is sun damage. We’re outside more frequently in summer, and UV exposure harms the shafts of even the most looked-after locks.
Each strand of hair consists of several layers. On the outside, there’s the ‘cuticle’ that seals in natural oils and appears flat when healthy. These oils – known as sebum – act as a natural protectant for the hair.
Sun contact strips your hair of sebum – motivating frizz, dryness and breakage. The warmer months also call for regular swim sessions, increasing the frequency of washing and further leaving hair dry and brittle.
If your fix for summer frizz so far has been to reach for a styling tool, we have bad news for you. The extreme heat from your favourite hair straightener adds stress and worsens the effects of sun damaged hair. Fortunately, with the proper steps, you can perfect how to moisturise dry hair for long-term bounce and flow.