How the sun changes hair color and texture in summer

However, how much to lighten your hair depends on your current color and how much help you get from lemon juice (which actually works!) or a hair-lightening product (we’ll get to that in a minute). The sun can lighten all shades of hair, but people with fair hair get the best results.

How does the sun affect hair?

It all depends on how the sun affects melanin, the pigment that gives hair and skin color. The sun bleaches the melanin in the hair and makes it lighter. It may seem strange that the sun lightens the hair, but it breaks the skin. This is because the skin is alive and the hair is dead. The UV rays from the sun oxidize the hair, turning it into a colorless compound.

Fabulous, isn’t it? Just keep in mind that while a sun-kissed lightening job doesn’t cost you anything, your hair may still pay the price.
Because if the melanin in your hair gets damaged by the sun, the sun also destroys the other proteins in the hair, making it less manageable.

How to get sun bleached hair

If you spend hours in the sun every day, it will eventually work its magic and lighten your hair. But all-day sun exposure can take an entire summer to achieve this, potentially causing sun spots and an increased risk of skin cancer in the process. A note on sun safety: Remember, always wear sunscreen when you are outdoors

Not sure how much sunscreen you need?

Most experts recommend starting with a large amount of sunscreen, the size of a glass, which should cover most of your body, and reapplying it every two hours. To get the best results without burning the skin all summer long, you’ll need help along. But remember that summertime staples can also have a lightening effect on your hair.

Salt water and swimming pool too

Also, salt water and chlorine are mitigating factors. They alter the natural keratin in your hair, resulting in lighter shades. If having fun in the ocean or pool every day isn’t an option or you don’t want to leave it to chance, a sprinkle of salt or a little lemon juice can help. Moreover, it is worth noting that all those things that can lighten your hair can also dry it out.

Do you want to lighten your hair in the summer: here are two natural recipes

To make your own lightening spray, you can use salt or lemon. Although they are natural lightening agents, lemon juice is acidic and can burn hair if you’re not careful, and salt can be very drying. So you must be careful. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas of your skin!

Lighten your hair with lemon juice

Mix two parts hot water and one part lemon juice in a clean spray bottle.
Wet all of your hair or only the parts you want to lighten.
Spray the lemon mixture on your wet hair.
Stay in the sun for 1-2 hours to activate the lemonade.
Rinse and condition your hair well.

with salt spray

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt in ½ cup of hot water and pour it into a clean spray bottle.
Spray the saline solution all over your hair or on the parts you want to lighten until saturated.
Leave it to sit in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse and condition your hair well.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In any case, the information provided cannot replace the advice of a health professional.

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