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The Effects of Sun Exposure on Hair

Many of us know that vitamin D is a nutrient that our bodies need and that the sun is a source of this essential vitamin. Our bodies need vitamin D to sustain a complete cycle of hair growth, as the vitamin stimulates hair follicles to grow. Hair loss is one symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

To supplement this deficiency, you could spend more time in the sun. But while the vitamin D you get from sunlight can be good for your hair, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be damaging to your body and your hair.

Excessive exposure to the sun is a common cause of structural impairment of the hair shaft, the part of your hair that sticks out from your skin. Sunlight can weaken your hair by weakening hair pigments and proteins.

Damage from too much sun exposure can also have a negative effect on thinning hair by triggering compound superoxide production, which can temporarily interrupt the hair growth cycle. This interruption can cause hair follicles to skip from the growth part of the hair cycle to the shedding part.

So while sunlight is a source of the vitamin D your hair needs, there are other methods for getting your daily intake that will not worsen hair loss issues the way the sun will. A better option is to take supplements and eat foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D.

Protect your hair from damaging UV rays by wearing a hat and staying out of the sun between 10 am to 4 pm. If you are balding or have thinning hair, it’s critical that you apply sunscreen to your scalp when you are in the sun.

There is no cure for a balding scalp, but you can protect it and consider a long-term solution to this frustrating problem: scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic process that can create the natural appearance of a fuller head of hair through injecting small amounts of pigment into the skin.

It is an ideal solution for men or women facing a thinning head of hair, or for men who are bald that want to create a clean-shaven look. We offer Scalp Micropigmentation in over 50 US cities. Call or text us today at 833-HAIR-INK (833-424-7465) to schedule an appointment, learn about our pricing, or get a free quote!

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