Scalp Care in the Sun: Tips for Preventing Sunburn and Dandruff Flare-Ups

Scalp Care in the Sun Tips for Preventing Sunburn and Dandruff Flare Ups 10 11zon

Summer’s sunshine brings joy, but harsh UV rays and increased sweating can wreak havoc on your scalp. Sunburn, itchy scalp and bumps, and dandruff flare-ups can leave you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to scalp care, promoting a healthy head of hair and preventing these summer woes.

Protect Your Scalp Like Your Skin [4]

Just like your skin, your scalp needs sun protection. Ayurveda recommends covering your head with a breathable, natural fabric scarf or hat, especially during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm). This helps prevent burning scalp, sunburn and reduces the risk of scalp inflammation and itching.

Cleanse and Hydrate for a Healthy Scalp

Maintaining scalp hygiene is essential to prevent dandruff and infections. Ayurveda offers natural solutions:

  • Neem: This herb possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, helping cleanse the scalp and prevent dandruff flare-ups. You can use a neem paste before shampooing or incorporate neem oil into your hair care routine. [1]
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry): Rich in vitamin C, amla promotes a healthy scalp and can be used as a pre-shampoo paste or hair oil infusion. [2]

Use a gentle, herbal shampoo to regularly wash your hair and keep your scalp free from dirt and oil buildup and scalp with bumps.

Balance Pitta for Scalp Harmony [3]

According to Ayurveda, excess heat or Pitta dosha in the body can manifest as scalp issues like scalp inflammation, itching, and burning sensations. Here’s how to achieve balance:

  • Cooling Diet: Incorporate cooling foods and herbs into your diet, such as coconut water, cucumber, and coriander, to pacify Pitta.

Stress Management: Stress can exacerbate Pitta imbalances. Practice stress-relieving techniques like meditation and pranayama to calm the mind and reduce scalp inflammation.

Manage Sweat for Scalp Comfort [4]

While sweating is a natural cooling mechanism, excessive sweat can lead to scalp irritation and even hair loss in some cases.

  • Avoid Peak Heat: If possible, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Light Clothing: Opt for light, breathable clothing to minimize sweat production.

Nourish Your Scalp with Ayurvedic Oils [2]

Ayurvedic hair oils infused with cooling herbs like Brahmi, Bhringraj, and Aloe Vera can nourish and hydrate the scalp, preventing dryness and dandruff. These oils also improve blood circulation when used for gentle scalp massage before washing your hair.

Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle

A balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is essential for scalp health. Include leafy greens, fresh fruits, and lean proteins in your meals to nourish your scalp from within. Additionally, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your scalp and hair hydrated.

By following these Ayurvedic tips, you can prevent common summer scalp issues like sunburn, dandruff flare-ups, and inflammation. Prioritize scalp hygiene, sun protection, and a balanced lifestyle for a healthy and vibrant scalp all summer long.

While boils on the scalp (scalp furuncles) can sometimes arise due to Pitta imbalance, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional if you experience them, especially if accompanied by fever or persistent pain.


  1. E-International Scientific Research Journal ISSN: 2094-1749 Volume: 2 Issue: 3, 2010 244 ANTIFUNGAL PROPERTIES OF NEEM (AZARDIRACHTA INDICA) LEAVES EXTRACT TO TREAT HAIR DANDRUFF 
  2. Preparation & Assessment of Poly-Herbal Anti-Dandruff Formulation, Year: 2020, Volume: 14, Publisher ID: TODJ-14-22 DOI: 10.2174/1874372202014010022
  3. Traditional and ayurvedic foods of Indian origin, Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2015, Pages 97-109
  4. Stratum corneum dysfunction in dandruff, G. A. Turner, M. Hoptroff, C. R. Harding, First published: 19 April 2012

Dr. Jyoti Lakhani

Dr. Jyoti has 15 years of experience in Clinical Practice, Research & Education in the field of Ayurveda with competency in acute & chronic conditions like Arthritis, Spondylitis, Osteoporosis, Sciatica etc. She has also expertise in treating Female Infertility disorders, other Gynecological Problems & General disorders.


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