After spending countless hours and dollars getting colored, highlighted, glossed and coiffed, spending just a few short hours in the sun can leave your hair looking oxidized and dehydrated. Considering that you would never imagine leaving home without sunscreen on your face, why not do the same to protect your lovely locks?
It's time to take action! Here are some tips as well as two sunscreen sprays to ensure that your hair won't get damaged from the sun. Summer days are intended to be carefree, so let's get the pool party started. After all, it may have been the '80s, but Phoebe Cates's infamous poolside scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High can encourage us all to be wet and safe! Keep in mind that wet hair is weaker than dry hair; the cuticle is opened and hair is up to three times more delicate when wet so be mindful.
- Wet your hair with clean water before swimming so that chlorine and salt don't discolor it and dry it out.
- Secure hair in a braid or ponytail so it won't tangle and then spray it with an SPF product for protection.
- Rinse again with clean water and reapply sun protection once you get out of the water. If at all possible, protect hair even further with a hat.
For a couple of recommended Summer hair sunblock sprays,
Fekkai Summer Hair Sun Bandana ($20) is a leave-in conditioner as well as a heat activated UV shield for the hair. It is oil-free, water-resistant, and safe for all hair types, including color-treated hair.
Sun Bandana helps to seal in moisture with its new formulation called Solarshield. It will also help to keep chlorine and other damaging chemicals from a pool or hot tub out of your hair.
Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray ($20) is an olive oil-based UVB sunscreen that offers your hair maximum sun protection. It helps reduce fading as well as increase hydration and shine.
Olive oil also washes out easily so it won't weigh your hair down and leave you with grimy residue. Simply spray on dry or wet hair before and during sun exposure and be sure and reapply after going in the water.