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.
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…
color protecting products
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.
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.
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.
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.