Sun Protection

I burnt my scalp after my run on Saturday. I was a bad girl and only SPF-Ed my face ( my bb creme has SPF 25 and did not do my arms or legs.
The only part of me that was burnt after was my scalp.... My whole scalp.:(
When I went to shower today my scalp was on FIRE! It hurts to rest my head on my pillow.
What do you fellow curly ladies do to protect your scalp from the sun? My hair is medium to darkish blonde, thin, and fine like a baby's so the sun just goes through it. Any tips on soothing it would be completely appreciated! This flipping' hurts!


  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Buy a UV protective bandana - eg. Buff - the scalp is high risk for skin cancer and UV light damages hair in a similar manner to peroxide. There is no hair friendly product you can apply enough of to get a decent SPF as far as I know.

    As an aside I struggle to believe you applied enough of the BB cream to get SPF25, you need to apply the same thick layer as for any sunscreen not your regular thin layer for moisturiser or cosmetics.

    In the short term drench your scalp in a high strength aloe vera inner leaf gel, it's has scientifically proven wound healing, anti inflammatory and collagen inducing properties. Not aware of any other DIY remedies that have the same pedigree. Try to avoid soaking your scalp, use only cool or cold water and no massage if you need to wet your hair. Don't use any oil rich in oleic acid, a known irritant for susceptible/ sensitive skins.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    I'm sorry you were burned- not fun. We live in Florida and sunburn is mainstream here. I agree with the aloe Vera.

    My family wears hats for protection. The best ones are made by Columbia- they have a SPF rating and are made of moisture wicking material. I think the ball cap would work for running (we wear the sun hat types).

    They are expensive, but worth it!

    Ball cap:
    Women's Coolhead

    I wear this one:

    Hubby & son wear this type:

    We wear them swimming at the pool or beach and they wash well in the machine.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • Purplecurls17Purplecurls17 Posts: 152Registered Users
    I'm going to have to do the hat thing if I'm outside for a long period of time ( in my case, 20 minutes) thank you for the rec's!
    I'm trying to figure out what happened to my aloe gel....
  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Posts: 1,257Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    If you have some Cure Care, I tried it and liked it on sunburn last summer. It's not sticky like aloe gel.
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed
  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    This isn't all hair-related but the best protectant from the sun is not staying in it. Sunscreen can only do so much. Staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing/hats and avoiding the sun at the hottest times (between 10am and 4pm) is the best form of protection alongside sunscreen.

    Skin Deep has some good information on sun-related health and sunscreen reviews (things to look for and avoid).

    We’ve got you covered

    FAQs: Your Sunscreen Questions. Our Answers. EWG's 2013 Guide to Sunscreens

    Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens EWG's 2013 Guide to Sunscreens

    For my skin I get MD Solar Sciences sunscreens from my derm. They are pricey but well worth the price. I always wear hats now too.

    I think for your case since you weren't in the sun for very long and you were running, it's a good idea to have a cap around like Chloe suggested. You can just throw it on if need be. Keep some in your car, at home whatever so they're handy.
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    I wear scarves too. A nice scarf on your head can really accent a cute outfit. I got sun burned on my the tip of my nose once & it was not fun.