When we think of sun protection, naturally, we think of our skin. But have you considered protecting your hair? Ask any hairstylist in Cleveland and they will tell you to be gentle on your locks this summer.

Many people don’t consider protecting their hair since the sun-kissed look is usually popular. But if you’re being really honest, when September rolls around, your hair may feel like straw. Why? Well, a summer with sun beating down on product-laden hair can wreak havoc. Plus, hair that may contain bleach or other chemicals can be harsh when mixed with the sun.

Add chlorine from the pool, saltwater from the ocean and SPF lotion that seeps onto your strands, and you’ve got a mess.

Does the sun damage hair?

The simple answer is yes. Even if your hair is generally healthy. It can cause dryness, discoloration and affect the integrity of your hair. According to a Cleveland Clinic expert, prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays damage the outside cover of the hair strand known as the cuticle.

Think of how your hair looks after repeated use of hot styling tools such hairdryers, curling irons, flat irons and hot brushes. It can appear dry, brittle, and frizzy. The sun mixed with the elements of the pool and ocean can be double trouble.

At Dolce Organic Salt Room, Med Spa and Salt Room, the Organic in our name says a lot. Our expert hairstylists and colorists have the best advice for your hair. We have always been cognizant of the dangers of chemicals to our hair and overall health. It’s why we have hand-selected product lines to give our Cleveland hair clients the option of going with the least amount of chemicals.

Skin in the game

Let’s not forget about our scalps. People with thinning hair may experience scalp sunburn and it can be quite uncomfortable. The sunburn on the scalp can be painful and the subsequent healing period brings itching and peeling. There are products specially designed for scalp sun protection, but hats are best.

The great news is that we are scalp experts, offering products and treatments designed specifically to rejuvenate your scalp. Ask our Dolce hair stylists and colorists what is best for your specific hair.

How to protect your hair?

You may not think the Cleveland sun can do much damage, but it can. If you head closer to the equator for vacation, the risk of damage is higher with more direct sun rays. Consider taking the following steps this summer and your hair will thank you for it.

• Wear a hat or scarf when possible.
• Use a hair sunscreen product. (be sure it is for your hair and not your skin)
• Consider spending time in the shade.
• Do outdoor activities in the morning or evening.
• Use a deep conditioner.

We know that enjoying the great outdoors is something we in northeast Ohio appreciate more than most. Go for it. But proactive head, hair and scalp protection will go a long way for the look and health of your hair. Don’t hesitate to call our expert hairstylists and colorists for advice.

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