As I preach about sun safety day in and day out, the one area that clearly needs some attention is the scalp.
It seems so obvious to just wear a hat since this is probably the quickest most effective way to protect the scalp from excess UV exposure. Or, many think that their hair will do the trick to protect their scalp.
The SPF of hair clearly varies widely based on the density and coarseness of hair. The one factor that gets overlooked is the hair part- I find many precancerous spots and skin cancers right along the hair part and hair whorl. This means that these areas are getting more sun than we realize every single day!
It’s worth a try to find a sunscreen that could at the very least be applied to the hair part or hair whorl. The challenge is finding one that doesn’t leave a residue on the hair and reapplying.
Why don’t more people just choose hats?
Lets face it - the real problem with hats is ‘hat head’.
I was asked once- when are you going to make a hat that doesn’t cause hat head!?! Anything that rests on your hair will always run the risk of impacting your hair style. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the chances of hat head:
- Make sure your hair is dry before wearing a hat. If it’s wet then it will likely conform to the shape of the hat as it dries.
- Choose adjustable hats and try to avoid wearing them too tight. Your hat shouldn’t feel like it’s squeezing.
- For longer hair, it can help to keep the hair tied in a loose bun. This can loosen the fit of the hat as it accommodates the bun and less likely to mess up your style.
- To avoid static affecting your hair style, consider using leave in conditioners or hail oils to add some weight to your hair by coating the hair strands and minimizing the effects of static. Keeping dryer sheets close by can also help.
It can be hard to avoid hat head but it’s worth a try- hats are often one of the most effective means of protecting your scalp from excess UV exposure.