Enjoying the summer sun means your skin is at risk of becoming damaged by UVA/UVB radiation. Unfortunately, not enough people are aware of the damage being done to their scalp until it’s too late. There is evidence to suggest that sun damage may lead to hair loss.
If your scalp gets burnt, your hair follicles may become damaged and switch from a growth phase to a shedding phase. Too much exposure to the sun may also damage the hair shaft itself, causing it to become weak and brittle. Aside from the damage the sun may be doing to your hair and scalp, if you spend time in the pool, the chlorine can also damage fine hair.
Solar Keratosis is a skin condition caused by prolonged sun damage that leaves your skin dry, scaly, and discolored. Though this condition does not directly cause hair loss, it will leave you wishing you had taken proper precautions over the years. Solar keratosis should be evaluated by a dermatologist as it has the potential to become cancerous.
How to avoid damage to your scalp:
- Wear a hat, preferably one with SPF built in
- Spray your part with sun block
- Limit the time you spend in the sun on days with a high UV index
- Don’t use products that promise to lighten your hair with the sun’s rays