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Here’s Why You Should Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Here’s Why You Should Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Most of us know why sunscreen is a must for our skin, but few are aware of the importance of sun protection for our hair. Just like skin, hair can be damaged by the sun’s powerful rays. Sun exposure can not only leave hair dry and brittle, it can warp color fast. Although all colored hair can sustain damage from the sun, bleached or lifted hair is more susceptible to damage because of a more porous hair follicle.

And, you can't forget about your scalp. A sunburned scalp is possibly the worst ever, which is why it’s so important your hair and scalp are protected from the sun. How can you protect your hair from harmful sun rays? Here are our favorite ways to keep your hair and scalp protected…

 

Use color protecting products

Color protecting products like Oribe’s Beautiful Color line, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, masque, and glaze. This color line “defends hair from oxidative stress” with the use of watermelon extract and bioflavonoids, which give fruit their beautiful color. Oribe’s Beautiful Color collection also contains a multi-layered UV protection system, which is specifically designed to protect hair from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.

 

Use a sunscreen

Lucky for us, there’s an abundance of hair care products offering UV protection. When choosing sunscreen for your hair, look for products that offer broad spectrum protection with an SPF of at least 30. If you live in a humid climate or know you’ll be in the water a lot, use a waterproof hair spray or oil.

If you wear your hair parted or have a short crop or shaved style, it’s important you’re protecting your scalp from the sun too. Make sure to generously spray sunscreen on any areas where your skin is exposed (don’t forget the crown of your head, neck, and tops of ears). According to experts, a sunburned scalp can impede and in some cases, prevent hair growth.

 

Use a hat

Most experts agree the best form of hair protection is to wear a hat. There’s no shortage of cute hats to choose from nowadays and ideally, a hat should be worn every day. But, if you’re not spending a lot of time outside, try pulling hair back into a protective hairstyle like a slicked back ponytail or bun.