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Is it necessary to protect the hair from the sun in summer?

- 07/01/2020

Does the sun damage hair in summer? Can we protect it with plants? Here's the answer.

The sun alters the protective film of the hair, leaving it dry, dull, rough and fragile. Unlike the skin, which against solar radiation has its own defense mechanisms, such as increased melanin production and therefore darkening of the skin. However, hair doesn't get tanner but instead dries out and ages.

The sun has a bleaching effect on the hair stem due to the harmful action of ultraviolet rays (UV) mainly due to its action that generates free radicals, which modify natural or artificial pigments. If the exposure is very high, they can attack both the cuticle framework and the scalp.

It is the same thing that happens if we leave a wool or vegetable fiber garment in the sun for a week. As the days go by, the tissue dries out, loses color and ends up deteriorating until it breaks. That is why the linen bandages and other vegetables used to cover Egyptian mummies (avoiding their exposure to the sun) and adding resins, oils and vegetable balms, have been preserved for thousands of years.

Protection must be carried out before, during and after sun exposure.

- Before, using a vegetable oil rich in antioxidants such as Grape Seed and Petit Grain Oil, once a week.

- During, protecting the hair with a hat, cap or scarf. If you do not plan to go to the beach or the pool, but you will be exposed to the sun, you can apply a protective and moisturizing product to the tips such as Silicon and Jojoba Serum.

- Then, using a mild shampoo that provides nourishing elements such as Honey and Orange Shampoo followed by a repairing mask such as of Henna and Karité, or a conditioner like Orange and Karité.

If you want to give your hair a dose of extra hydration, we suggest 3 simple recipes that you can make at home.

1. Mask "3 spoons" for very damaged and/or curly hair

After a beach session and intense sun, prepare a repairing mask with Aloe, Almond oil and Shea Butter.

Preparation: In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera or Aloe Vera Gel with Lavender, 1 tablespoon of Almond and Myrrh Oil and 1 tablespoon of melted Shea Butter.

Application: On dry hair, apply the mask from the roots to the ends, leave it on for 1 hour and then wash the hair with your usual shampoo.

What will you get? This mask will restore the elasticity of your hair and, if you have curly hair, it will define your waves.

2. Nourishing egg shampoo and 1 shot of orange

If you spend many hours exposed to the sun and want to wash your hair in a 100% natural way, this is your recipe!

Preparation: In a bowl, mix 1 egg and add 1 shot glass of natural orange juice.

Application: Apply the mixture to dry hair, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse the hair with plenty of water.

What will you get? Contribution of vitamin C and extra nutrition, feeding the keratin of the hair.

3. For hair with a frizz tendency

This easy recipe will serve as a natural softener that will prevent frizz in your hair.

Preparation: Pour a glass of almond or rice milk in a bowl and add 5 drops of rose essential oil.

Application: Put the mixture on clean hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then rinse it with plenty of water.

What will you get? This mask will have a calming and softening effect on the hair. Ideal for those days when you return from the beach with dry and frizzy hair.

Finally, we want to give you two express tricks to make your skin and hair look healthy and shiny.

If you have dinner and don't have much time to comb your hair, apply Aloe Vera Gel with Xanthan Gum and do a Frida Kahlo-style braided updo. You will have a very nice updo and, at the same time, you will be hydrating your hair without anyone knowing.

One last tip: leave a piece of Shea Butter in the fridge and, when you return from the beach, use it very cold to recover the skin of the face and around the eyes, massaging in circular motions. It is extremely regenerating, soothing and moisturizing.

You'll have great skin all summer long!

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