You may not know it, but hair can be just as prone to sun damage as skin. What with the chlorine in swimming pools, endless hours in direct sunlight and even salty sea water, there are plenty of ways to damage your hair in the summer. While many of us love the beachy waves and lightning effects that come with being in the sun, these are only short term benefits. UVA and UVB rays can cause split ends and breakages as they penetrate the and dry out the hair shaft.
With this in mind, the time is nigh to take preventative measures to protect your hair. You’ll be happy to hear that there are so many ways to do so, whilst still enjoying the summer sun.
Here is what you can do:
Hold it on the Heat Treatments
Now is the time to set aside the straighteners and take a break from blow drys. Your hair will be suffering enough without these added heat treatments. Whenever possible, allow your hair to dry naturally, maybe even using a texture spray to achieve beachy waves (minus the beach). Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (£10) perfectly mimics the effects of salty water and a sea breeze.
Hydrate, Hydrate and also Hydrate
Nourishing your hair with moisturising treatments will minimise the dryness caused by the sun. A simple way to adopt this method in the summer is by switching to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Kérastase Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo (£20.90) is just one luxurious option.
Also, treating yourself to a hair mask once a week will not only replenish moisture, but keep the moisture locked in. The delightfully named NouNou nourishing hair mask by Davines (£23.00) is particularly good for hair that has been chemically coloured.
Wear a Hat
A seemingly obvious suggestion but an important one nonetheless. A hat is a great starting point to protect not only your hair but your scalp from the sun. Alternatively, to follow one of the most popular hair trends of Summer 2020, opt for a bandana, an equally effective accessory.
Always Be Prepared
Finally, knowing when your hair will be exposed to the sun and getting ahead of the game is always important. A leave-in conditioner with added SPF is the perfect preventative measure; Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil (£21.50) uses UV filters to minimise damage. Equally, if you know you’re going to swim in a pool, wet your hair beforehand to reduce chlorine absorption. Most importantly, if you are planning a holiday, make sure your hair is trimmed before and after the trip to keep it as healthy as possible. Hair dressers are now open...your hair will thank you for it!
By Sophie Easton