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Now that the sun is out and the weather is getting warmer every day, many of us will be hitting the beach, attending picnics, and spending a lot more time outdoors. Chances are, applying sunscreen to your face and body is already a regular part of your daily routine. But what about your hair and scalp? Although this is an often overlooked area, it is just as important (if not more!) to protect your head from the harmful rays of running.

Forgetting to protect your hair and scalp can be a problem because these areas are directly exposed to the sun, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Neda Mehr. When you don’t protect your hair and scalp, you risk developing skin cancer.

“A lot of times we see people who have skin cancer in the capillary part,” Dr. Mehr told E! News. “The hair offers some protection to the skin, which is why it is more common in the hair part than in other areas of the scalp. However, the sun can also burn the hair. The hair has an outer sheath called the cuticle that protects the hair, but the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can burn this cuticle and cause frizzy, frizzy hair that breaks easily.It’s like using a hair dryer on a very hot setting.