By Jeff Waite on Nov 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM
We have talked about how direct sunlight can damage a hair system, a process also known as oxidation, but what exactly is this so-called “oxidation”? How does it relate to sunlight? How does it damage a hair system? And what can you do about it?
Keep reading to find all of these answers and much more.
Let’s start with the root of the problem: Oxidation.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs whenever anytime your hair system is exposed to both oxygen and harmful ultraviolet rays at the same time, also known as UV light. When these UV light rays make contact with the oxygen molecules that are on your hair system, they affect the color hues of your hair system’s hair.
In simpler words, that means that anytime you’re outside in the sun, oxidation, very slowly but surely, damages the outer layer of the hair shafts on your hair system, which in turn causes your hair to turn from its original color to a more brassy, red color.
And as any hair system veteran would tell you, the color of the hair on your system is a top priority, as a few brassy, out of place strands can be a dead giveaway that you’re wearing a hair replacement method.
And in case you’re still not getting what oxidation is, imagine this: have you ever seen a picture of a sunken boat? Or any piece of metal that’s been exposed to the elements for too long? Have you noticed how the once shiny and polished metal turned into a dull, rusty looking, brassy orange chunk of metal?. Now picture that happening on your hair system on a much, much smaller scale every time you expose your hair system to direct sunlight for too long.
That’s the gist of oxidation and sunlight damage.
Now, we know that sounds awfully scary. Sunlight is literally everywhere, for half of the day, every single day after all, but don’t fret, as there are couple of things that you can do to both prevent and repair sunlight-based hair system damage.
This may sound silly at first but bare with us. The first and most obvious line of defense to protect your hair system from harmful UV rays is wearing a hat, it does directly cover your hair after all.
But as useful as a hat might be, you can’t use a hat everywhere you go, all of the time. Besides, what’s the point of purchasing a beautiful, lush, natural-looking hair system if you’re going to throw a hat on top of it every time you wear it?
That’s where UV hair system protection comes in play. Whether it comes in the form of a protection spray, or a leave-in conditioner, UV protection will make sure to keep oxidation at bay by making sunlight bounce off of your awesome-looking hair system.
An added bonus of leave-in conditioners is that they are great at moisturizing your hair system, so they help a bit when repairing sunlight damaged hair systems.
Throw a color-correcting shampoo into the mix, like PPI’s Coloring Correcting Red Out Shampoo, and you’ll have a natural looking hair system again in no time.
Now you’re armed with all the knowledge about how sunlight damages a hair system, and how to prevent and repair hair system oxidation. Don’t let a little sunlight stop you from doing the things you love! Just be mindful of the amount of sunlight that you expose your hair system to, and make sure to properly care for your hair system before and after long periods of exposure.
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