Preventing Relaxed Hair Damage From The Elements

Have you ever noticed that your hair seems to feel or even look different after you spend some time outside? If you have, it's not just you. Spending time outside can put stress on our relaxed hair. Everything from the sun, wind, humidity, cold, and even heat can cause some damage to our relaxed strands.

You've probably heard of skin damage from being in the sun too long but those same UVA and UVB rays that can damage our skin can also damage and wear away the outer layers of our hair strands called the cuticle. This can lead to dry, limp, dull, and lifeless hair.

When it comes to the wind it can create knots and tangles in our hair that can take a lot of time to unravel and remove. Additionally, the more knots we have in our relaxed hair the more likely breakage is to occur when we try to remove the knots.

To help protect our hair from these and other outside or environmental elements there are few things we can do.

Preventing Hair Damage From Outside Elements | A Relaxed Gal
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1. Use a UV protectant

This will block UV rays thus protecting your hair from sun damage. We think about protecting our skin when sitting out in the sun, but not our hair. You can use sunflower oil or aloe vera which is all-natural UV protectants or store-bought ones.

2. Moisturize

Do this before heading outside and after you come back in with a water-based moisturizer. Look for conditioners with vitamins C and B5 or acai berry antioxidants as they can help protect against environmental aggressors like the sun, wind, and pollution.

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3. Cover up

Keep your hair covered and protected by wearing hats or scarves. You can even use umbrellas to keep your head covered. Another option is to wear long-term protective styles like wigs or weaves. Or wear short-term protective styles such as buns or braids.

The goal here is to keep your hair and scalp from being exposed to the sun and also help minimize tangles caused by the wind.

How do you protect your hair when spending time outside?


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