As long as summer lasts, we are bombarded with messages to never forget the sunscreen, take extra precautions in protecting our skin, and limit sun exposure to help prevent cancer. Your skin isn’t the only thing at risk, though… the powerful sun can also cause damage to our hair. So maybe hair-burn doesn’t exist, but you’ll definitely want to protect your locks as much as you do your skin to keep it healthy and flowing.
Here are some quick tips for keeping your hair in its best shape during sunny summer days:
1. Stay Hydrated
The sun breaks down the protein in hair, so just as you would hydrate your body, your hair needs it too! Use a hydrating shampoo, conditioner, and styling agent that will help ward off the sun’s damaging effects. I would also recommend a quick deep conditioning treatment, like the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, after a particularly long day of exposure.
2. Work in the SPF
SPF isn’t just for the skin. There are a plethora of hair products that contain top notch protection from the sun’s UV rays. This will also help prevent your color from fading or changing. A lot of hair protectants also double up as frizz controllers or all day hold, like the Garnier Fructis Style UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
3. Cover Up
Pretty simple, right? If you’re in a hurry to rush out the door, grab a stylish hat to protect your hair from exposure. This will also help keep your face out of the sun, doubling up on your sun safety. Plus, now you don’t have to worry about styling your hair. Woo!
4. Do Your Part
When applying sunscreen to your skin, you probably forget about the area that is most likely in direct sunlight! Spread a dab of sunscreen directly on your hair’s part, where the scalp is exposed. Alternatively, dilute some sunscreen with water in a spray bottle and apply it that way.
5. Rinse After Your Dip
Salt crystals left behind after swimming in the ocean can increase sun damage to the hair by catching the UV rays. Always rinse with fresh water after your swim (or use a water bottle). Same rule applies for the pool, which contains many chemicals that can harm your hair. Don’t let them soak in!
Here are some of my favorite summer hair saviors: