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Are You Fair To Your Hair?

Posted: July 13th, 2019

Everyone wants soft, shiny hair, but only a few have it. Over-styling or “taking care” of your hair can truly damage it. The sun can hurt it too. Here are ways to help repair damage to your hair and to restore health and shine. 

Spending time outside can cause an increase in split ends, and make hair bristly and coarse. Sunlight, rain and pollution harm the hair, causing injury to its keratin, a fibrous protein that is the main structural element in hair. The sun’s UV rays wear down the cuticle or outer layer of the hair shaft that safeguards inner layers where hair color ascends. The sun can bleach the hair, causing dryness, brittleness, stiffness and breakage. 

Perms contain substances that can harm your hair.  They mayseverely break down chemical bonds in the hair which causepeople to be more vulnerable to extreme UV damage within a short amount of hours in the sun. Permanent hair color can damage and loosen the cuticle, so that the dye can enter the medulla to change the natural pigment or color. This disturbance of the cuticle damages the hair shaft. However, semi-permanent dyes can essentially be a safeguard for the hair. These dyes do not penetrate the hair shaft as deeply, and if it dyes the hair darker instead of bleaching it, the different shades can absorb some UV radiation. The following tips will help you take better care of your hair: 

Over Processing
Shampooing, drying and brushing can be hard on the hair. Over-brushing and shampooing your hair every day causes damage to the hair. Only doing what is necessary for scalp cleanliness and style is best. 

Products
It is best to choose products that have UV protection. Apply the product to your hair from roots to tips to coat the entire shaft for added protection. 

Heat Styling 
Take breaks from heat styling as much as possible. This includes curling irons, flatirons, and blow dryers. Do not hold the hair dryer too close to your head, and keep it moving constantly. 

Sunscreen
If your hair is getting thin, use sunscreen on the scalp for added protection. 

Hats
Hats can protect your hair year round by keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Wear a wide-brimmed, dense hat that will protect not only your hair but your face, ears and neck too. 

Source: Skin Cancer Foundation