Protecting Your Hair and Scalp

Skin Cancer Awareness Series
Heather Rollow, hair stylist and guest blogger

Protecting Your Hair and Scalp

Heather Rollow is a Master Stylist with more than 22 years of experience in the salon industry. She is owner of Heather Rollow Hair in Kerrville, Texas which offers guests a unique and personalized salon experience. She has been married to Dennis, the love of her life, for more than 20 years and is excited about living here in Kerrville!

As May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to share a few tips for protecting your hair and scalp through the summer months.  By now, you know to slather sunscreen all over your body.  You even remember to cover those places you usually forget, such as the tops of your hands.  But what about your hair?!  Even if it doesn’t technically burn, UV rays break down the cuticle, leaving your strands dry, damaged, and frizzy.

Create a Shield

During the summer months, we’re more frequently exposing our hair to salt water and pool water chemicals, while spending more time in the heat. All of these exposures will strip your hair of its beautiful color.  Before going for a swim in the pool or ocean, I recommend wetting your hair completely and thoroughly by applying a leave-in conditioner.  Your hair will absorb the conditioner instead of the chlorine or salt water.  Try Kevin Murphy Un.Tangled Leave-in Conditioner ($25) which is sulfate-free and also works to restore damage.  Once you’ve applied conditioner, throw your hair up in a bun to create a barrier from UV rays and to keep it hydrated.

Cut Back on Shampoo Sessions

The oil in your hair naturally produces protection from the sun, so you don’t want to over-wash during the warmer months.  Instead of lathering up daily, opt for a dry shampoo like MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo ($26).  This UV protecting argan oil-infused dry shampoo has ultra-fine rice starches that absorb oil, buildup, and odor, while leaving your hair refreshed and volumized.

Don’t Forget About Your Part

If your not wearing a hat or the way you styled your hair leaves it part exposed, apply a spray sunscreen (versus a cream which will leave hair greasy) along the length of your part to protect it.  A beach ready messy bun will also do the trick.  Of course, a hat is always the best way to protect your hair from dryness from the sun and to preserve your color. It also has the added bonus of protecting your skin!

Hope these tips help! Have fun in the sun this summer, all while protecting your hair and skin!

Heather Rollow
Master Stylist and Business Owner

Heather Rollow Hair
415 Clay Street, Suite B
Kerrville, TX 78028
(918) 605-6162


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