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The Sun Can Damage Hair
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The Sun Can Damage Hair

Fact or Fiction?

Anyone who has ever spent time at the beach for a number of days can attest to the fact that hair, especially lighter hair colours, tends to get lighter and develop a “sunlit” look. This is because UV light has been shown to degrade hair pigment by bleaching, which leads to lighter hair. The real news is that UV rays can cause hair to lose protein, which is a form of damage, and that bleaching hair in the sun can dry it out. Try to wear a hat if you’re going to be in the sun for a prolonged period.

Verdict: Fact