As we gear up for warmer months, sun protection should be a staple in your summer essentials. And we're not just talking about face and body sunscreen: newsflash, sun damage can occur anywhere on your body that is exposed to the sun, including your scalp. If you've been subject to a sunburned scalp before, you know what we're talking about—and how painful it can be.
Why is Scalp Sun Protection Important?
Even if you think your hair is covering your scalp, those ultraviolet rays can still harm the skin, particularly the hairline and part. Not only is the skin on your scalp more vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer, those with colored hair risk experiencing UV-related color fade due to the sun breaking down chemical bonds present in hair dye.
Easiest Ways to Prevent Scalp Sunburn
Therefore, it's important not to neglect this area if you want to maintain healthy hair and a protected scalp. Follow along for tips on how to prevent scalp sunburn while out in the sun.
Wear a HatYou can't always prevent sun exposure, but you can wear a hat or protective headwear to prevent a sunburned scalp. Try to avoid straw hats or headwear where UV rays can peek through. If possible, look for a hat specifically labeled with UV protection, as this type of hat will be most effective in blocking UVA/UVB rays. Hats with wide brims that cover your face, ears, and neck are preferred.
Apply Hair and Scalp Sunscreen
One of the best ways to avoid a sunburnt scalp and protect against UV damage is to apply scalp sunscreen, usually in a mist or spray form. Our scalp SPF spray features broad-spectrum SPF 30 for a refreshing dose of scalp protection that won't weigh hair down or leave it looking greasy. Plus, it defends from the UV rays that are known to induce color fade.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand (@houshmandmd), “Many people often forget to protect their scalps. Patients are getting better about knowing the importance of sunscreen for their face and body but the scalp often gets overlooked. The scalp can get sunburned and can develop skin cancer, it needs protection.”
Make sure to throw our Organic SPF 30 Scalp & Hair Mist in your bag next time you’re hitting the beach, meeting your babes for brunch, or heading out to any outdoor activity or event for that matter! Houshmand also says “Keep in mind that Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but if caught early the survival rate is over 90 percent. I recommend the use of spray sunscreens on the scalp because it is the easiest application. The COOLA Organic Scalp and Hair Mist SPF 30 is a wonderful option for protection.”
Avoid Sun Damage All Summer Long with COOLA
Whether you're wondering how to prevent scalp sunburn or looking to prevent early signs of skin aging, we've got your SPF needs covered at COOLA. Explore our range of organic face sunscreens, skincare, sunless tanners and more for powerful, effective sun protection.