How Does The Sun Affect Your Hair

Dec 15, 2017Damaged Hair

There’s nothing better than stepping out of the pool, lying on your towel and letting the sun dry your body, giving you a nice tan, and letting your hair dry “naturally”. But really, how good is that for you? Certainly, it must be better than a hairdryer? Let’s actually discuss this in detail:

Evidence the sun is good for your hair

A recent study suggests that staying in the sunlight is a great thing for your hair, because it produces the essential vitamins needed for healthy hair; that is, vitamin D. Therefore, from this study, we may be inclined to suggest that sitting in the sun and absorbing all the vitamin D you can might be the best thing for your hair.

However, this isn’t the best way, as the rest of the study suggests…

Evidence the sun is bad for your hair

Although the study does speak about the importance of the sun’s vitamin sources for your hair, it also goes on to state that excessive UV rays can damage your hair and cause the structural impairment of the shaft of your hair that sticks out from the follicle.

Therefore, this study suggests that only small amounts of exposure to the sun.


Since UV exposure can break down hair proteins and cause your hair to break on the outer regions of the hair shaft, it might be a good idea to get your vitamin D in small doses or potentially from another source – perhaps a supplement.

Therefore, the connection between your hair and sun seems to be a bigger issue than we anticipated; and it can impact the appearance of your hair.


  • Cover up your hair and scalp with a hat.
  • Stick to the shade when possible.
  • Avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm, when the rays are the strongest.
  • If you have thinning hair, make sure to apply sunscreen to your scalp.

For more information about the best care for your hair, or if you want to book an appointment at our salon, contact us today on (03) 9827 6899.

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