It’s not all fun in the sun! Don’t forget that your hair and scalp also need protecting from the harsh effects of UV
As temperates in the UK amp up, so does the potential damage to your skin and hair. Whether you’re in the park or enjoying a socially-distanced barbecue, prolonged UV exposure 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.
“Many of us spend time and money investing in our skin, but most of us neglect our scalp and hair, when we definitely shouldn’t,” says hairdresser and trichologist Simone Thomas. 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, there are many reasons to incorporate SPF protection into your hair routine.
“Never neglect your scalp, even on a sunny but colder day. With so many options to protect you from the sun there is something for everyone. For those that don’t like wearing hats, it’s really important to invest in products that are designed to protect your hair and scalp whatever your plans are,” adds Simone. “Always look for hair care products which have anti UVA and UVB filters. This prevents your hair from drying out and becoming damaged by the sun’s rays.”
Simone advises opening a new product each summer, as those which have been opened previously will have a reduced protective property. Many of us are keen to enjoy local beer gardens, but if possible avoid being outside during the hottest hours of the day, from midday to 4PM. After exposure to the sun, also re-hydrate your hair with an intensive hair mask or overnight treatment.
The sun’s rays can be pretty powerful and can speed up some chemical reactions. “If you’re blonde, you’re hopefully already using a professional purple shampoo every 6 to 8 weeks,” says Remi Cachet Super Stylist, Asya Cannur of Hair by Asya in Chelmsford Essex. “But extension wearers and anyone with coloured hair need to be more wary of their hair coming into contact with other chemicals such as sun cream, perfumes, chlorine in swimming pools and hard water areas. The chemical and minerals in the water can change the hair to have pink and brassy orange hues.”
Ready to enjoy some fun in the sun? Stock up on these products to shield yourself, and keep your scalp and hair colour in top condition.
Schwarzkopf Professional 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
System Professional Hydro-repair Solar Conditioner
Featuring a HelioRestore Complex, this gentle but effective conditioner works to repair the damaging effect of prolonged sun exposure and salt/chlorine water on hair. Say hello to nourished and silky locks with natural-looking shine.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
This lightweight, water-resistant UV defence mist forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to sixteen hours. Simple to use and easy to layer up throughout the day, the must-have sun shield also helps to minimise colour fading, damage and dryness.