Do you protect your hair and scalp while participating in outdoor festivities? Just like the skin on our bodies, our scalp and the hair on our heads need protection from harmful UV rays.
Overexposure to the sun has a negative impact on the barrier of natural oils we have on our scalp. The the blood vessels become dilated and inflamed which can lead to the synthesis of superoxide which slows down the growth cycle of the hair and even cause hair loss. When hair is unprotected from the sun’s damaging UV rays, it looses its luster and becomes dull, dry and brittle. Color treated hair has a much greater risk of being damaged by the sun because the hair follicles open during the process of coloring, especially when it is lightened or highlighted.
Kelly’s recommendations to protect your hair and scalp
As with the skin, your best mode of protection is prevention. Once the hair has become damaged it can be reconditioned so that it “appears” to be healthy, but nothing can permanently repair damaged hair. Protect your hair and scalp by:
- Wearing a hat when outdoors offers the most protection
- Use conditioners and hair treatments that infuse the hair with moisture
- Look for hair products that provide UVA and UVB protection
- Use natural hair oils and masks
Two weeks ago I received press samples for products from the French brand, Leonor Greyl. During this time period I have fallen in love with the three conditioning/treatment products shown below:
Masque Fleurs de Jasmin
Masque Fleurs de Jasmin is a nourishing and beauty-enhancing mask for thin hair that can be used as an everyday conditioner or as a weekly treatment for your length and ends. Over the last two weeks I have used it as an after shampoo conditioner, applying from midshaft to ends. The ingredients in Masque Fleurs de Jasmin work together to nourish, regenerate, detangle and increase the flexibility of the hair without weighing it down.
Eclat Naturel is a nourishing style cream for very dry, thick or frizzy hair. While it is too heavy for me to use as a styling cream, I am able to use it to smooth the ends of wet or dry hair and prevent hair static. Eclat Naturel also provides heat protection from styling tools and UV rays. As with all of the products from Leonor Greyl, Eclat Naturel is made with natural ingredients including shea butter and jojoba oil.
Huile de Leonor
Huile de Leonor Greyl is a nourishing, softening and beautifying pre-shampoo treatment derived of natural oils that helps to protect the hair and scalp from the elements. You can read my review of Huile de Leonor Greyl here:
As a woman with very fine, straight hair it is difficult to find high quality hair products that protect and restore my hair without weighing it down. Although I still have several products left to test from the Leonor Greyl line, thus far the products I have used are the best nourishing treatments that I have ever tried. If you would like to learn more about the Leonor Greyl brand or shop for products visit the Leonor Greyl website by clicking here.
Leonor Greyl products are:
- SLS Free
- Silicone Free
- Paraben Free
- Coal Tar Free
- Color Safe
- Cruelty Free
Sending peace, love & happiness to all!