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The summer months can take their toll on our hair and scalp.
Spending prolonged periods in the sun can leave hair feeling drier and exposed scalps sore, so it is essential to keep on top of your haircare routine no matter the weather.
Like our skin, our hair and scalp are vulnerable to burning and sun damage; the sun's UV rays can leave our locks dry and coarse and even cause salon colour to fade. As for the scalp, it's worth remembering that if you step out in the sun without protection, it can very quickly burn.
We all know a healthy scalp not only improves the speed of hair growth but also increases the strength of hair shafts, yet scalp and hair protection is often overlooked when heading out in the sun.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Trichologist Stephanie Sey (right) explained how to stop your scalp from burning in the sun and how to take better care of your hair this summer
'If you have been out in the sun a lot and not put sunscreen on your scalp, then you might be wondering if you have sunburn or a dandruff flare-up,' explains afro hair specialist and trichologist Stephanie Sey.
'If it's sunburn, you will have a very red sore scalp and peeling rather than flaking as such. If you are a dandruff sufferer, you may notice that your dandruff may have improved somewhat in the warmer weather.
'However, don't slack! It's important to make sure that you are still looking after your scalp and hair during this time.'
Ahead, Stephanie shares her top nine tips to help take better care of your scalp and hair this summer.
1. Don't give you up your haircare regime
Whether you suffer from dandruff or not, one of the golden rules of good hair care is maintaining a routine. 'Let's not have a carefree attitude in the summer,' stresses Stephanie. 'It's important to keep up our usual haircare regime. If you do struggle with dandruff, use a medicated shampoo, such as Nizoral, to treat the cause.'
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Nizoral has been formulated with Ketoconazole, a NHS-recommended ingredient for anti-dandruff shampoos, which effectively relieves and prevents the symptoms of dandruff
2. Cover up!
Any exposed skin can burn, including your scalp, so simply cover up to avoid a sore and red hair parting. 'Wear a hat when you're out in the sun for protection against sunburn and to shield your strands from damage,' advises Stephanie.
'UV rays from the sun can break down the cuticles on your hair strands – and wearing a hat will protect the hair from damage and your scalp from sunburn.'
This chic beach hat has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50; its kettle brim helps protect your skin too whiling keep the sun off your eyes
3. Wear SPF
Despite our best efforts to protect our skin from sun damage, the scalp and hair parting line at the top of your head are especially susceptible to sunburns and UV sun damage.
Stephanie says: 'The sun's UVA and UVB rays can damage your scalp and hair. Make sure you apply sunscreen to your scalp – paying particular attention to the areas that are