How to protect your hair from UV damage

June 01, 2021 2 min read

It’s time to start thinking about how you can keep your hair healthy and vibrant, during the long summer days. Hot sunny days can play havoc with your hair, with a  recent study revealing that excessive sun exposure can cause colour loss and hair breakage. 

From split ends to brittle strands, sun damage can have a lasting impact on your tresses. UVA and UVB rays can degrade the hair’s protein structures and also oxidise the hair’s pigment, changing its colour and weakening the hair shaft.

Whether you’re heading to the park for a sun-soaked lunch break or soaking up the rays in the garden, it’s important to use hair protection whenever you’re in the sun. 

The good news? There’s now lots of advanced products available to help you quickly and effortlessly protect your hair.

  1. Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask 75ml

Best for:Olympic protection when swimming & sunbathing

Shield your strands from UV rays, chlorine and salt water with this intensely-hydrating formula that was originally developed for the US Olympic synchronized swim team. 

  1. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray

Best for: Replenishing dry, lack-lustre summer hair

This lightweight spray offers quick, nourishing protection against the sunshine. Plus, it’s fortified with a host of nourishing oils to promote a sleek, shiny finish.

  1. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil 100ml

Best for: Preventing colour fading

Lasting for 16 hours, this water-resistant, invisible mist harnesses a blend of powerful antioxidants, organic oils and essences to defend your hair against UV rays and prevent colour fading. 

  1. NUXE Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil for Hair 100ml

Best for: Scalp and hair protection with a tropical scent

With an irresistible holiday-inspired scent and milky texture, Nuxe’s water-resistant spray protects the hair and scalp from the sun, salt water and chlorine, all without weighing it down.

  1. Kérastase Soleil Creme UV Sublime 150ml

Best for: Leave-in protection for a silky feel

Ideal for any hair type, this sensual cream can be worked into dry or wet hair for a frizz-free, silky feel and protection against the sun, sea and swimming pool. Plus, it lasts for up to 24 hours.

Now you’ve got your hair protection sorted, find out more tips for keeping your hair looking good in the heat.

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