Hair · June 20, 2018
5 Ways to Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Don't Forget About Your Scalp
We know that a healthy scalp means healthy hair. A leave-in treatment like Davines SU Hair Milk for Sun-Exposed Hair is not only great for spritzing all over your scalp and strands post-shower, but it's lightweight enough to refresh and protect your hair throughout the day without ruining your 'do. Since it has UVA and UVB filters, think of it as a sunscreen for your hair (without the sticky mess). Bumble and bumble.'s Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry also contains UVA and UVB filters while creating piecey texture (thanks to a salt mineral complex and coconut water). Apply either product all over your scalp and strands, paying special attention to your part.
Create a Protective Shield For Strands
Particularly after a swim session at the pool or the beach, comb a nourishing oil like Klorane Sun Radiance Protective Oil with Ylang Ylang Wax in wet hair, then throw it up into a bun to create a barrier from the sun while keeping hair hydrated and protected for the rest of the day.
Prevent (and Reverse) Damage With a Hair Mask
Even if you're not outside every day, just a few minutes in the harsh summer sun can leave your hair feeling parched. Maintain moisture with a weekly mask like Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask. Or, if you're on the go, apply Beauty Protector Protect & Oil to damp strands or dry ends prior to sun exposure. The summer heat leaves the cuticle open and more porous, so your hair will absorb the hydrating treatment and repair faster.
Cut Back on Shampoo Sessions
The oil your hair naturally produces protects it from the sun, so you dont want to over-wash during the warmer months. Instead of lathering up daily, opt for a dry shampoo like Klorane's Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk or work a low-lather cleansing conditioner like R+Co's ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner into your routine a couple times a week to clean your hair without stripping the scalp and hair cuticles of moisture.
Throw on a Hat
A wide-brimmed hat (as opposed to a baseball cap) that covers your face and neck offers extra protection from the sun. Fabric matters, too. According to the American Cancer Society, straw hats aren't as protective as tightly woven ones. Bonus points if you opt for a brand that carries hats with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) numberthey're tested and regulated by the FDA.
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