If you love to go in sunlight and want to have some long sunbaths then it will damage your skin very badly because the sun rays consist of harmful ultraviolet rays which will actually burn your skin. Not only the skin of your body but it will also damage your hair scalp.
The symptoms of scalp sunburn are as same as the sunburn of any other part of your body. Like if you have scalp sunburn then your scalp will become red in color and you will feel a little warmer on your scalp. Sometimes it is hot when you touch your scalp. It will also cause you itchiness or pain on your scalp. If you have a serious problem with scalp sunburn then it will also cause you fever, fatigue, nausea, and headache.
It will take a few hours to determine the first symptom but if you want to make sure about this then you have to wait at least for 24 hours or sometimes more than that.
It is very easy to treat your burned scalp and you can even treat it in your home. It will take near about one week to completely heal the problem of scalp sunburn. There are some simple ways that you can follow to heal your scalp sunburn completely:
Try to bath with cool water
After having a sunburn if you still continue to bath with hot water then it may increase this problem. So try to use cool water whenever you bath because it will cool down the itchiness of the burned scalp. Also, it will stop the pain and make your scalp healed for some time. If cool water is not available then you can also try to wash your head with normal tepid water.
Check if your shampoo contains sulfates or not
If you have serious sunburn or any type of sunburn then we will suggest you not use shampoos because most of the shampoos contain sulfates in them and the sulfates will make your scalp, even more, drier and you will start feeling irritation. Not only the shampoos but also stop using conditioners because they contain dimethicone in them which can trap the heat in your head and block the pores which will cause you’re a lot more problems. In spite of using shampoos, you can wash your hair with simple water.
Stop using hair products
If you use too many hair products to maintain your hairs then stop using them because if you have scalp sunburn then the chemicals present in the hair products will make this problem a serious cause. In spite of shampoos use sunscreens. There is a lot of best sunscreen for bald head.
Do not use hair dryers
If you have a scalp sunburn then stop using the external heat machines that will heat up your scalp and crack your scalp skin. Some hair dryers are this much strong that they will burn your scalp much more. The healing scalp will cause you even more pain and irritation.
Moisturize your scalp skin
Taking massage with coconut oil is the best way of healing your painful burnt scalp in a very short span of time. For massaging with coconut oil just take coin-sized coconut oil in your hand and mix it with some Aloe Vera gel and apply it to the burnt skin it may cause you some irritation but then after it will give you comfort and heal your burnt skin very quickly. But take care of that sometimes it will make your hair too oily and greasy. Some of the experts of hair care will suggest that whenever you have sunburn then you must apply some lavender and helichrysum oil to it and these oils will heal your problem very quickly.
Always be hydrated
After having a scalp sunburn the scalp will become dry from time to time. This dryness is due to the use of water which scalp will do in healing the burning. So if you are dealing with this problem then try to drink at least 8 to 9 glass of water daily. It will also help you in curing you with some other skin problems. The water will contain enough nutrients to heal and moisturize your skin.
Take OTC medication
If you have a very serious scalp sunburn then it may cause you a very painful pain in some cases. Sometimes this pain is bearable and sometimes it not bearable. If you have a non-bearable pain then you may also take the support of over the counter medication which will help in fighting with this pain. There are some popular OTC`s like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, and acetaminophen which will be considered as one of the most effective medicines for scalp sunburns.
Prefer a hat
If you have a sunburn so try to protect your head with sunlight because going in sunlight after a sunburn will make this problem critical. So always wear a hat whenever you are going out for something.
Conditions in which you have to take the support of a doctor
There are some conditions in which you have to consult this thing with a doctor. If you have a very small sunburn then we will suggest you remove it with your home remedies.
- You have extreme pain in the scalp area then you may consult it with a doctor because sometimes there are some more problems that will occur corresponding with the sunburn.
- If you have a high fever with pain then you may consult it with a doctor.
With the final words, we will suggest you that do not take it as a serious problem until you have a very serious sunburn. This problem is very normal in some cases and most of the people will improve it with home remedies. Take the precautions, nourish your skin and this problem will become so small.