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How to Cure Sunburnt Hair

We definitely don’t need another assailant to add to our growing list of things to avoid for our hair, but unfortunately, we have another culprit. This one is especially sneaky and evil because it’s all around you, and you may even worship it – because it’s the sun. The sun has a major impact on the hair (other than “sun-kissing” it). And although hair can’t actually be sunburned (thank goodness) it can definitely be damaged (boo). To find out how to prevent this damage and extend our SPF lather to our strands, we checked in with Sharon Boes the Director of Education for René Furterer on how to keep hair protected.

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Sun Damage Happens Everywhere

Prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB (the harmful rays emitted from the sun) can damage hair in many ways though the cuticle, the outermost layer of hair, which will gradually start to weaken. Nothing about sun damage is good, anywhere. Signs of sun-damage on the hair include compromised structure, dryness, color fading, frizziness, split ends and thinning. And of course, the skin under your hair, aka the scalp – can get an actual sunburn, which you should keep in mind. “Many people overlook the damaging effects of the sun to the skin on your head, but that is an area that must be protected. Just like skin everywhere else on your body, your scalp can burn and develop skin cancer with prolonged exposure to sun,” explains Sharon.

There isn’t a clear window of time in the sun that would keep you in the clear. Instead, “the time it takes for hair to show signs of damage will vary and depends on the amount of exposure and intensity of rays,” says Sharon. “As many of you that have noticed signs of sun damage to your hair know, it often happens much quicker than you would like!”

Since the effects of sun damage are so harsh, prevention is key—like your skin, don’t neglect your hair. Take steps to protect it each time you spend time in the sun, whether or not it’s significant.

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Introducing the KPF

“Using René Furterer Solaire products will help to protect the keratin in hair, which is the key component to healthy hair. Consider it like an SPF for your hair, but in this case it’s a KPF: keratin protection factor,” says Sharon.  Of course, you also want to undo the damage that’s already been caused from our typical sun, salt, sand and chlorine summer cocktail. “Using products like Solaire help to not only prevent, but also protect after the exposure has taken place,” she adds.

Protecting the hair and scalp prior to exposure gives you a leg-up in that there will be less damage to un-do. “The ability to prevent and repair is the best combination,” says Sharon, who turns to Solaire for both.

You may also have some sun-calming ingredients on hand – because yet again oils are the answer. “Non-greasy oils like castor and sesame oil will provide a layer of protection and help to nourish and hydrate hair after exposure. Botanicals, essential fatty acids and botanical extracts like camelina oil will help to repair environmental damage, while smoothing and increasing shine to sun-weary locks.”

While a sun damage to the hair is totally awful, you definitely want to make sure your scalp is protected—because that could be a tangible burn. “The scalp must be protected, as scalp health is the key to thick, healthy, strong hair,” Sharon notes.

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