Is it really worth your money to add yet another hair care product to your already long routine?
While we can blame a number of factors such as heat, styling tools, chemical treatments, and what have you, for ruining your hair you might be forgetting one major contributor: the sun.
Do you really need hair sunscreen?
In short, yes. UV rays can damage your hair, they can cause dryness, split ends, and fading color. In case you are wondering what a hair sunscreen is, it is a product that creates a physical barrier to protect your mane from free radicals and UV rays.
Hair sunscreen is usually less greasy and it comes in a spray-on or powder product –just because it would be difficult to apply a lotion or a balm to your mane. Hair sunscreens also serve as a heat-protectant if you use hot tools to style your strands.
Benefits of using a hair sunscreen
It reduces brittleness
UVB radiation contributes to hair protein loss which makes the hair shaft weak and less resilient to heat styling and environmental aggressors. When your hair is dry and brittle it is more likely to break even by brushing it and the ends will also tend to split easily.
It protects the color
If your hair has been color-treated, it is more likely to be affected by sun exposure, but even uncolored hair can experience color shifts when it is repeatedly exposed to sun irradiation.
Reduces pigment loss
Research has shown that UV rays can trigger oxidative stress and actually lead to premature graying. So if you want to avoid the loss of pigment, it is a good idea to use a hair sunscreen.