Summer Sun Protection for Scalps


Did you know that the scalp is one of the most overlooked areas for sun protection? This would certainly explain why it’s a common place for skin cancer. Particularly for those with light blonde hair, the transparency of the hair itself, particularly when worn in a part, can cause sunburns. I had plenty of scalp sunburns in my childhood. So here are three helpful tips for protecting your scalp from the sun.

Wear a hat

Obviously, this is the most fool-proof way to protect the scalp…

Avoid parting your hair

Having a part, whether on the side or in the middle, can create a long, exposed area of scalp, making it very susceptible to sunburns. So pulling your hair all the way back and not letting a part show through can make a big difference.

Apply sunscreen to exposed scalp

If you wear a part in your hair, then you will want to apply sunscreen to that area by simply spraying down the part area. Don’t want to get your scalp greasy and disrupt your hair? Sprinkle in SPF-infused mineral powder, which usually have a minimum SPF 20 (be sure to get one to match your hair color!). I personally enjoy using the ColoreScience line of mineral powders available for purchase here.

Sunburns of the scalp can be very painful, so don’t neglect this area when spending time outdoors.

Do you have any special tricks for protecting your scalp when outdoors? Let me know in the comment section below.

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As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”