How to protect your hair and prevent hair loss this summerSummer is officially here, but before you make the most of the rare British hot and sunny weather, there’s a few things you’ll want to do to protect those precious locks and prevent summer hair loss.

We all know we need to protect the skin in summer, but few of us think about the effect the sun’s rays has on our hair too. Without adequate protection, the hair can become damaged and in some cases, fall out due to the summer heat.

Here, we’ll look at ways to protect the hair and prevent hair loss this summer.

Look out for UV protection hair products

One way to protect the hair from the sun’s harmful rays, is to use UV protection hair products. Unlike sun tan lotion, this won’t clog up the hair (which could actually make hair loss worse). Instead, it adds shine to ensure your hair isn’t just protected – it looks good too!

Heat protection sprays are especially great for those with coloured hair who are at an increased risk of the hair getting damaged by the sun; especially if it’s been bleached. Just remember to keep applying the products throughout the day, just as you would with sun tan lotion.

Cover the hair at peak times to prevent hair loss

The sun typically becomes stronger throughout the day. So, if you plan on being outside during peak times, it’s worth covering the hair with a hat. This helps to protect the scalp, which can easily burn.

It’s not the burning which directly causes hair loss. When the scalp burns, it starts to itch. Then, as you scratch it, the inflammation can lead to damage of the hair follicles, which in turn will lead to hair loss. So, covering the scalp to prevent burning will really reduce the chances of developing hair loss.

Use a leave-in conditioner

If you’re planning on heading to the beach or pool, it’s a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner before you go. This will prevent the chemicals such as chlorine, from absorbing into the hair follicles, which could eventually lead to hair loss.

It’s also a good idea to rinse the hair after swimming to eliminate chemicals from the hair before they have a chance to do any damage.

Overall, it’s easy to forget that the hair needs protection from the harsh summer sun too. If you don’t follow the prevention tips above, you could experience hair loss or thinning due to the damage caused to both the hair and the scalp.