STYLING THE SPACE COAST: How To Keep Your Hair Looking Healthy All Summer Long

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Damaged hair can be reconditioned

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Although your hair is one of the first things people see, we often forget to care for it the same way we care for our skin. Living in Florida, we face a nearly impossible task of shielding the scalp and hair from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

UVA rays penetrate the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), and can suppress the immune system.

UVB rays will burn the superficial layers of the skin and plays a key role in the developing skin cancer.

Even the most diligent sun worshipers who consistently apply protection from these damaging rays often forget to protect the scalp and hair. This kind of exposure of the scalp can damage the hair follicles and cause hair loss as well as hinder growth.

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Damaged hair can be reconditioned to appear healthy temporarily but nothing can permanently “fix” or “repair” damaged hair. Damage can be camouflaged with protein treatments and oils for softness and moisture but those treatments wash off the hair shaft. The only way to permanently improve damaged hair is to cut it off and let it regrow.

It’s easier to avoid sun damage altogether rather than chopping off your locks. There are a few things you can do to keep your hair, scalp and follicles healthy so you can show off gorgeous summer strands.

Update your look with a trendy hat. Big hats are an easy and simple way to protect your scalp and hair as well as your skin. They create the protection of shade as well as show off your personal style.

If you’re not into hats, try zinc oxide. Massage a zinc oxide sunblock onto the areas of your scalp that are exposed. Apply the sunblock on your part and crown to protect those vulnerable areas. It helps to pull your hair back if it’s long enough to protect your scalp.

Your hair should be treated like your skin when it comes to sunscreen protection. You can apply sun protection directly to the hair. Most of the time it can be the same product you’re using on your face and body. You can warm it up between your hands and then gently run your fingers through your hair.

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Try a natural oil for sun protection. These oils smooth the cuticle, add shine and deliver natural sun protection. Raspberry seed, avocado, coconut and olive oils are perfect choices.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a sunny day to incur damage from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget your hair when planning your sunscreen regimen on the way out the door. Your hair will look healthier, grow faster and if you color your hair it will stay vibrant longer.

Enjoy your summer in the sun but don’t forget to prepare. Doing so will help you look great and that always makes you feel fabulous.

Although your hair is one of the first things people see, we often forget to care for it the same way we care for our skin. Living in Florida, we face a nearly impossible task of shielding the scalp and hair from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

ABOUT GINA LIBERTO:

Space Coast Daily Fashion and Beauty Editor Gina Liberto has spent years helping women from all walks of life look good and feel great about themselves. She believes in helping ladies discover and develop their beauty on the inside and out and feels both are the foundation for building and staying confident in one’s self and succeeding with the struggles of everyday modern life as a wife, parent and businesswoman.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Gina is the oldest of two siblings. After living and working in the Washington DC area after graduating college, she relocated to Melbourne, Florida in 1995 to be closer to her parents. 

Having worked in advertising and the media in Brevard County for several years, Gina was lured to the family’s furniture business where she stayed for five years. After giving birth to two beautiful daughters and becoming a single mom, she needed to spend more time at home, and in 2003, started a direct sales business with Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry. 

Over the years, the business has grown and expanded into styling, training and consulting on everything from helping women find the right piece of jewelry, to building a wardrobe for a new look.

Gina married Alan Zlotorzynski in 2009 and is now the proud mom of three girls – Isabella, Sarah and Lauren – and a boy, Marco. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as training and speaking on fashion and style.  

She has a unique perspective on style and its relationship to the everyday woman. These days, as her Premier business continues to grow and as the Fashion and Beauty Editor of Space Coast Daily, Gina helps women on Florida’s Space Coast develop their personal style while balancing their busy lives.

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