Sunscreen for Hair: Try 5 Simple DIY Recipes for Long and Strong Hair!

Dr. Ashish Bhora

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Ashish Bhora


5 min read

Key Takeaways

  • Lime and coconut oil is an easy-to-make DIY sunscreen recipe
  • A honey and aloe vera DIY sunscreen is the best product for your scalp
  • Whip up a homemade natural sunscreen with white tea and lavender oil

Most of you may be aware of the importance of sunscreen for your skin. No matter how much melanin you have, it is essential to apply sunscreen on your skin when you step out. This protects your skin from harmful UV rays, specifically during hot summers. But did you know that your scalp needs sunscreen too? While all of us worry about skin tan, little do we realize that our hair is also exposed to sunlight.

Excessive sun exposure can make your hair brittle and dry. Therefore, sunscreen for hair is as important as it is for your skin. Rather than using sunscreens with chemicals, you can use any DIY natural sunscreen that is affordable and easy to make with ingredients at home! Here’s a guide to making your own sunscreens for hair to keep your locks healthy and strong. 

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Use a Lime and Coconut Oil Natural Sun Protection for Hair

Coconut oil is packed with umpteen benefits not just for your skin but for your hair as well. No wonder it is considered a natural sun protection for hair! The components of coconut oil act as a good moisturizer and conditioner for your hair [1]. It forms a covering on your hair strands and protects your hair from heat damage. Lime is rich in vitamin C that promotes healthy growth of hair. Using lime along with coconut oil provides good protection to your hair from sun damage.

Here are simple steps of how you can go about this DIY sunscreen recipe: 

  • Step 1: Warm a tbsp of coconut oil 
  • Step 2: Mix it with water and lime juice 
  • Step 3: Store this mixture in a plastic container to avoid solidification of oil
  • Step 4: Before application, you may warm the mixture for effective results

Nourish Your Hair with Honey and Aloe Vera Homemade Natural Sunscreen

This DIY sunscreen is the best sunscreen for the scalp. The presence of proteolytic enzymes in aloe vera repairs damaged cells of your scalp. It promotes your hair growth by acting as a natural hair conditioner [2]. Using aloe vera along with honey provides all necessary nutrients to protect your hair from breakage. Honey is a natural humectant that keeps your hair well moisturized [3]. To prepare this homemade sunscreen, all you need to do is mix aloe vera with honey, sea salt, coconut oil, water and you are good to go! Using sea salt increases the blood circulation of your scalp too.

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Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage by Using Grapeseed and Rosewater Natural Sunscreen Recipe

Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E along with other essential proteins and minerals that help in strengthening your hair roots. The sun’s heat can deprive your hair of moisture. Therefore, mixing some rosewater along with grapeseed oil can enrich your hair with required moisture. The anti-inflammatory property of rosewater minimizes dandruff and damage caused by sun. It increases blood circulation to your scalp thereby promoting healthy growth of your hair. It’s really easy to make this natural homemade sunscreen mixture. Add two tbsp of grapeseed oil to a spray bottle filled with rosewater. Just spray it on your hair before stepping out and see how your locks shine!

Stimulate Your Hair Growth by Applying White Tea and Lavender Oil Sun Cream for Hair

The advantage of using white tea on your hair is that it contains many antioxidants. One of its antioxidants not only promotes hair growth but also reduces premature hair loss. Applying white tea protects your hair from sun damage and keeps your tresses shiny and soft too. Lavender is another effective conditioner for your hair that is packed with the goodness of antimicrobial properties. Not only does it minimize itching on your scalp, but also helps in healing inflammation of the scalp.

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Block Uv Rays by Using Avocado and Raspberry Seed Oil Homemade Sunscreen Recipe

This is an easy and simple DIY sunscreen for hair that you can make in no time. Raspberry seed oil is packed with benefits such as: 

  • Preventing your hair from UV ray damage 
  • Fighting free radicals 
  • Boosting the production of collagen protein 

When you mix it with avocado, your hair will get all essential fatty acids required for proper hair growth. Add a teabag of rosemary to further enhance healthy growth of your locks.

Not only do they protect your hair from damage by UV rays, but these DIY natural sunscreens also strengthen your locks with proper nourishment. Since they are made from easily available ingredients, preparing them is never a herculean task. These natural sunscreens for hair don’t cause any adverse effects. You can use them in your hair masks or as hair sprays.

Apart from these, covering your hair using a scarf or hat can also reduce sun exposure. However, if you feel your hair is thinning or getting brittle, talk to hair care specialists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Understand the root cause of the problem via online doctor consultation before going for an in-person consultation. Follow proper hair care techniques to grow long and lustrous hair! 

Published on 26 Oct 2021Last updated on 12 Apr 2023

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

Dr. Ashish Bhora

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Ashish Bhora




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