When the sun comes out, we all lather ourselves in sun cream. This is essential, and we should all congratulate ourselves for being sun safe. However, lots of us forget about protecting our poor hair, leaving it to fry away in the sun. If you want film star hair (and not limp frizz), you need to protect it when you’re in the sun. Don’t know how? We’re here to help.
The sun contains harmful UV rays which damage the skin and hair. We protect our skin with sun cream, which creates a barrier between the rays and ourselves. This works well, so why don’t we protect our hair the same way? After all, the technology does exist.
A protective oil is your best bet if you’re heading outside in the sun. Not only does it nourish and hydrate your hair (hello silky smooth locks), but it forms a protective barrier over it. This minimises any harm the sun can do to your hair, so you won’t need to worry about any bad hair days. Result!
Pamper your hair
If you’re reading this too late and the damage has already been done, hope is not lost. Hair masks are a haircare saviour. Literally. If your hair is feeling dry, broken, or lifeless (we could go on – UV rays are not nice), a hair mask can reverse the damage.
The combined powers of vitamins, keratin, proteins and oils can moisturise, strengthen, and de-frizz hair in just 5 minutes. You don’t need to have damaged hair to use a mask, though. If you want vibrant and nourished hair, you can indulge whenever you want.
Sort your schedule
In the summer months, you may be tempted to wash your hair more. Well, stop right there! Washing your hair too often in leaves it vulnerable to damage, as the natural oils your hair produces protect it from the sun. Basically, if you’re washing your hair too often, you’re stripping it of its natural sun protection. Wash your hair every other day (maximum), and freshen your hair with dry shampoo in-between washes.
If in doubt, style it out
Your parents told you to keep your hat on for a reason. If it gets too hot, you should be wearing a hat – no excuses. There are two reasons for this. First, you definitely don’t want to get heat stroke. It’s not pretty. Two, it will create a barrier between your hair and the sun, protecting it from damage. If hats aren’t your thing, perhaps commit to wearing one at the sun’s peak (11am-3pm).
Protect your hair
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