Here in Atlanta the often triple degree temperatures of June, July and August can be oppressive to say the least. More than temperature discomfort, these conditions can also be very harmful to your skin and hair. Here at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta we talk a lot about sun damage and the prevention of skin cancer, but what a lot of patients don’t understand is that your hair is also susceptible to photo damage.
Think about your wooden outdoor furniture: if left unprotected out in the elements, it dries, cracks, and becomes grey, splintery, and worn looking. Like wood, your hair is a protein-based material susceptible to damage of wind, water and sun. It’s especially important for patients with thinning hair or bald areas to be mindful of sun protection as the skin on the scalp is especially susceptible to sun burn. If you anticipate being outdoors this summer, consider wearing a hat or cap (this protects you face and eyes from the sun too) or misting a spray sunscreen product over your hair.