Sun shields for your hair

It’s not all fun in the sun – don’t forget that your hair and scalp also needs protecting from the harsh effects of UV

As pollution and global warming amp up, so does the potential damage to your skin and hair. Prolonged UV exposure, whether you’re lounging in the park in the UK or on a tropical beach, can break down hair proteins which create free radicals. These cause hair to appear much duller and weaken its physical properties, making it much more likely to break. If you have coloured hair this causes its own raft of problems – UV rays penetrate and damage the hair protein structure, inducing premature hair ageing from the inside and degrading your beautiful hair colour.

Your skin cells may regenerate but your hair doesn’t! So whether it’s your scalp burning, hair breakage or your hair colour being affected by the UV, there are plenty of reasons to incorporate SPF protection into your hair routine, not just your skincare. Stock up on these products to shield yourself, and keep your scalp and hair colour in top condition.

BC Sun Protect Prep & Protection Spritz

Spray'n'go with this handy waterproof formula, which uses vitamin E to offset damage caused by the sun and counteract fading. The fine mist coats the hair evenly, adding shine and softness as it protects. Available in a handy travel set alongside the BC Sun Protect Hair and Body Bath and BC Sun Protect 2-in-1 Treatment.

RRP £18

Find your local Schwarzkopf salon HERE.
Wella Professionals Invigo UV Hair Color Protection Spray

Put a stop to the dreaded colour change when you take your barnet to the beach with this easy to use spray. By protecting from UV damage it prevents the colour breaking down and keeps your blondes looking bright.

RRP £14.40

Click HERE to locate a salon near you to try it.

IGK Hair Beached 

Rock a slicked-back vibe with the IGK Hair's Beached cream. Water-resistant natural waxes and balm mint extract combine to leave a wet-look finish which helps to protect hair while it's vulnerable. 

RRP £25

Find it HERE.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil 

The sun isn't the only bright spot with this spritz around - this do-all, conditioning cool kid is ideal for vulnerable, delicate blonde strands in particular. It protects from UV damage (of course) as well as mechanical and thermal damage, helping with elasticity and reinforcing hair for up to double the strength.

RRP £13.45

Click HERE to find JOICO near you.

Kérastase Creme UV Sublime

This great conditioning creme is light enough to apply whenever you need it - wet or dry, multiple times a day. With vitamin E to offset solar damage, it tames frizz and leaves hair incredibly light-reflective and soft.

RRP £23.80

For your local Kérastase salon click HERE.

L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime Spray

Keep this easy spray in your beach bag to top up your sun protection throughout the day. The fine mist is enriched with a UV filter and aloe vera to form a light protective film over the hair and keep it radiantly protected.

RRP £15.50

Try it for yourself at your local salon - find one HERE.

Philip Kingsley Swimcap

The OG of hair protection! This cult classic was originally formulated for the US Olympic synchronised swim team as they spent their days out in the sun and the water. It offers amazing protection from chlorine and UV damage while it works to deeply hydrate hair.

RRP £19

Click HERE to find Philip Kingsley at a salon near you.

Revlon Professional MAGN±T Anti-Pollution Daily Shield

Like sunscreen, pollution and UV protection shouldn't just be reserved for warmer weather. This lightweight daily spray coats strands to prevent damage from UV damage and environmental aggressors until your next wash. 

RRP £20

You can find Revlon Professional salons HERE.