The sun is a funny friend. We are indeed in need of her immense power (I’m convinced it’s a She). Yet, as always, too much of a good thing is simply not as good as you would think. Take the sun and her broad spectrum of rays. Some are beneficial, but others, such as her ultraviolet rays, are down right hazardous.
Her radiation comes in three forms: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). And while the scientist that made up these tremendously clever names may not have ‘spectrum’, the sun certainly does. The earth’s atmosphere filters out UVC radiation, but not UVA and UVB. UVB affects the top layers of the skin, while UVA penetrates to the deeper layers. Your hair and skin are negatively affected by these two UV rays but appear to react differently.
The body produces two types of melanin, some is reddish-yellow, some is brownish-black. Genetics determines how much of each you have. UVA and UVB rays destroys the melanin in your body. Because your hair is only alive at the root, the rest of the cells are dead and thus the sun will lighten your hair until new hair comes in.
However, with your skin, the cells are living. The melanin that is destroyed alerts the other cells to kick up their melanin production and that’s why you get darker. Take note that both your hair cells and skin cells are taking a beating. For your skin, your body can only take so much before it gives up and makes it go wacky turning into what we know as skin cancer.
For your hair, all that sun damage eventually tires your hair cells from producing perfectly colored healthy hair at a rapid pace. It may look lovely and sun-kissed but it’s more like sun-murdered.
So common sense implores you to take caution with the sun. A little is great, we need the vitamins it helps release and overall happy endorphins. But protect your skin with sunscreen lotions and protect your hair with a hat. It’s as simple as that.
To get that new hair growth kicked off with a running start, you can try Hair Plus Shampoo and Conditioner. It boosts your cell-recovery engine and makes your new healthy hair grow fast. So while we’re not foolish enough to take on the Sun, we can at least boost our own little cell engines to get our hair looking healthy and new and LONG a little faster.
OK, enough lecturing, now for some fun and inspiration. Catch our latest Best Tips for Summer Hair Pinterest Board for some great ideas for summer hairstyles and tips.