Often times we find that we experience sunburn on the scalp because we remember to put SPF (sun screen protector) on the rest of our body but not our scalp yet our scalp is not left out when the sun is out to play. Sunburn on the scalp or hair is not different from sunburn on the leg or hand, so it should be treated with caution too.
Some don’ts of sunburn on the scalp:
- Don’t expose the affected area to the sun after a sunburn: Use a hat if you must go out in the sun.
- Don’t rub a sunburn: It is always best to leave the affected area alone when you have a sunburn. Rubbing it can cause more damage.
- Don’t do tight styles: exerting pressure on the burn will not help for quick recovery. So avoid pulling up your bun too tightly or making tight plaits.
- Avoid washing your scalp: Until the burn has healed it is better to avoid washing the scalp because chemicals from the shampoo used could irritate the burn and cause further pain or damage. However you can run water through your hair to remove product build up.
- Avoid using chemicals like dyes: wait until the burn has completely healed before using any form of chemical on the scalp.
- Don’t apply heat to your hair.
A quick natural remedy of sunburn on the scalp:
Once you notice that your scalp has been burnt by the sun, apply a mixture of Aloe Vera juice and Shea butter to the affected area. The ratio of the mixture should be 70% (Aloe Vera juice) to 30% (Shea butter). Apply every two hours.
Why this works:Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that help heal and repair dead skin cells.
Shea butter contains high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins making it an ideal cosmetic ingredient for the skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your burnt scalp will condition, tone, and soothe your skin.This combination has ALWAYS worked for me and my family, you can even freeze the combo to give you cooling relief (but this should be used only one application in a day. For the rest of the day the combination should be in its natural state) however if after applying the mixture for a day and you don’t notice a considerable improvement visit your dermatologist doctor.
It is always best to treat your scalp burn like a regular burn, rubbing it could increase pain, make the situation worse and lengthen the healing process. When there a burn always best not to stress the hair or scalp at all.Have you had a sunburn on your scalp? How did it heal? Share your thoughts down below I will love to read from you.