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Swimming Pools, Sunshine, and Hair Loss

Now that the winter weather seems to have finally passed, many people are gearing up to relax by the pool or beach and enjoy the sunshine. However, with the summer heat quickly approaching, it’s important to remember that you need to take care of your hair just as much as any other part of your body.

Most everyone wants to spend their summer in the sun, but recent research proves that this might not be the best idea. Though sunlight is not directly responsible for hair loss, it causes stress on your hair and scalp that could result in hair thinning. Similar to overuse of hair dryers and curling irons, too much heat from the sun can cause permanent damage to your hair.

A study originally published in Collegium Antropologicu reveals that sunshine could cause irreversible damage to the hair shaft and hair follicle. Sunlight can lead to protein loss in your hair and even degrade hair pigments in your scalp. Too much sun exposure, then, causes significant structural impairment that should be avoided at all costs.

Sunlight is not the only harmful hair damager this summer – chlorine in pools may also be responsible for hair damage. Harmful bacteria in pool water may strip the pigment and natural oils from your hair, making it more susceptible to damage. In addition, chlorine supports oxidation in water that can often cause discoloration or weaken hair follicles altogether.

Because there is no sunscreen specifically designed for your hair, the only preventative course of action against sun and pool damage is avoidance. There are multiple different ways you will want to protect your hair whenever you go outside. For example, you might want to invest in a ball cap or a sun hat to protect your scalp before lounging on the beach. If you plan on swimming, you will also want to keep your hair up and out of the water or wear a swim cap.

Though these remedies may provide temporary relief, they are not sustainable, especially for those of us who love the feeling of the sun on our face and hair. That is why Hairline Ink has perfected their treatment scalp micropigmentation, a permanent hair loss solution that can give you the look of real 3D hair follicles in just two to three treatments. Contact us by phone or visit our homepage for more details!

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