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Just Say No to Sun-Damaged Tresses

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Just Say No to Sun-Damaged Tresses

Black hair is particularly vulnerable to sun damage

We know all about the kind of damage the sun’s rays can do to our skin. But did you know they can do a number on our hair, too?

Thin, light-colored strands and the flat, coiled hair of African Americans are particularly prone to sun damage, which presents as dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, and frizziness. Sun-damaged hair is unmanageable and doesn’t hold a style.

You don’t help your hair’s case if you regularly go to town with heat-styling tools, add lots of chemical highlights to your hair or swim in chlorinated swimming pools. These weaken your hair’s protein covering and allow sun to penetrate the shaft more easily.

You can slather on sunscreen to block UV rays from your skin, but what can you do to protect your hair? Try these tips:

Choose a conditioner appropriate to your hair color and type.
Avoid middle-of-the-day sun if you can. Go out early or late in the day.
Wear a hat or sit under an umbrella.
Rinse your hair well with clear water after a dip in a chlorinated swimming pool.

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