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Wet & Safe! Sunblock Sprays For Your Hair

Wet & Safe! Sunblock Sprays For Your Hair

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.

yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
Budderflie- If you're worried about protecting your scalp, you could try using an oil-free sunscreen on your part. I've found that even those sometimes make my hair greasy though. Your best bet is a hat. I know I don't always want to wear a hat at the beach, but it will protect your scalp (and your face) better than any sunscreen.
bluestarfish bluestarfish 9 years
I read a book about haircare that said that those sprays do not really protect your hair from the sun-that they only provide an spf of about 2, that they don't cover completely and come off so basically it is a waste of money. Is that true? I would love to find something that could protect my hair from the sun...other than a hat!
demeter demeter 10 years
haha I have to laugh at the Fast Times picture! :P Anyway this sounds like a great product!
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
Great info, thanks! I love being a brunette!
spanic-n-cheese spanic-n-cheese 10 years
i really need that. i spend way too much time in the sun... my hair is starting to suffer!
Kerri1 Kerri1 10 years
OMG! That picture of Phoebe Cates! Ha! That's so hilarious! Thanks for the tips. I always get out of the pool and look back to see if I've left a red cloud from my hair color (thankfully, not).
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I use the UV spray. I also cover my face and hair when out in the sun.
Wicked Wicked 10 years
I have a hair spray that has UV protection in it. I think everybody should use these products because our hair needs the same protection as our skin.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
These sound like great products to me! I agree with Budder, I hope these protect the scalp as well! Ouchie! "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
Budderflie Budderflie 10 years
Good idea. Im on the lookout for ones though that save the scalp. I just had a bout with skin cancer and my husbands cousin died from it a few years ago. They found all kinds of moles on her scalp under the hair. I burn easily espically in that lovely part line you get. Will these help protect the scalp too? I use SPF 50, because at 24 my life actually does depend on it. Stupid sun. ~Erin~
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