How to Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Is there anything better than when summer finally comes around? Gone are the dark mornings where you’ve dragged yourself out from your bed and banished are the dreary evenings where you’re restricted to the confines of your house. Instead, barbecues with your friends and sunbathing on the beach dominate your weekends, and we can’t be happier about it.

Over the last couple of year, skincare and your health have been at the forefront of the news. With an epidemic of skin cancer sweeping across the globe, the importance of suncream is something that everyone is aware of. However, while you’re coating your body in a protective layer, what are you doing about your hair?


Your hair is often overlooked when it comes to staying safe in the sun, and it’s easy to see why; with tips for your skin being. So frequently brought up on television and across the news, it would be easy to assume that due to the lack of information about haircare during the warmer months that we can simply skip it – this is not the case. Your hair can be damaged just as easily in the harsh sun, with the heat allowing breakages to take place. Here at Fortynine and Fifth, we believe that it is essential that you know how to take best care of your hair, especially over the warmer months, as not only does this help your locks in the long run, but also preserves your new hairstyle from our hairdressers in Barnstaple for as long as possible!


Dry scalp

It should come as a no-brainer, but if the skin on your arms is prone to burning, the skin on your scalp will be too! If you’re frequently allowing your scalp to be exposed to the sun, not only will it be painful but there is the possibility that it could lead to potential probems with your roots later on. In order to combat this, opt for a non-greasy suncream. This can be used on both your body and your hair, so you won’t have to feel as though your scalp is clogged with a thick, unsightly cream all day. There are now options for clear suncreams, which are fantastic for those of you with darker hir as it will blend seamlessly, not alterting anyone that you have product in there!


Frequent washing

If you’re on holiday or visiting the beach frequently, you may begin to feel as though your scalp is sweaty, leading you to want to wash your hair. However, this is detrimental to your hair and can actualy lead to hair loss due to over washing. The same applies for deep conditioning; over treating your hair will prevent it from being able to breath and can cause more harm than good in the long run. So, stick to washing your hair a couple of times a week for the best results.



For some of us, sunburn is unavoidable no matter how many layers of suncream you’ve slathered on. In order to prevent this from happening to your hair, always use a hat or a scarf over your head when outdoors. This is the best preventative method of sunburn for the prone and is also inexpensive.


Loosen up

While braiding your hair back off your face may seem like a good idea for many, it is essential that during the summer you loosen up on your hairstyles. Opting for low ponytails, loose messy buns or a relaxed braid are the best ways to keep your hair from bothering you while preventing any strands from having too much tension. One of the reasons why you need to think about this during the summer is due to your hair already being slightly dryer than usual from the heat. This means that any additional stress put on the strands is likely to cause breakages!