Healthy Hair Free From Sun Damage: Soak Up The Rays Without Compromising Your Locks

By Alix Turoff

How many times have you been reminded to put on sunscreen this summer? (If you’ve been reading The Beauty Bean, many!) Yet while we’re all pretty well versed in the risks associated with exposing our unprotected skin to the sun’s rays, (skin cancer, wrinkles and sun spots, oh my!) many of us overlook the less conspicuous risks that come with not protecting our lovely locks from the sun as well.

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Sure, we too used to relish the fact that our hair lightens as we soak up the rays; well, until we learned that the sun is actually oxidizing our hair as it lightens: breaking it down to the point that it can no longer hold its original pigment. The result of the oxidation process from prolonged sun exposure: frizzy, dry and thin tresses – a decidedly unflattering look no matter your personal style. Not even to mention the risk of skin cancer in our scalps!

Slathering suntan lotion on your sun-exposed strands, however, is clearly not an option; so, we’ve scoured the market to bring you the best products to protect your hair from the sun, perfect for those long summer days at the beach.

Smart Girls Who Surf Care For Hair Sun Protector SPF 7+, $12.99, smartgirlswhosurf.com
Before heading to the beach, spritz on this antioxidant-packed soy protein leave-in conditioner with SPF to shield your hair and scalp as you surf or (safely) lay out! Plus, it’s paraben and chemical free.

L’Oreal Paris EverPure UV Protection Spray, $8.99, lorealparisusa.com
Color treated hair plus sun equals major damage. Protect those pricey salon highlights by applying this vegan, stick-free, rosemary and mint infused spray to damp hair before sun exposure. The at-home spa-like experience will help your color last longer while leaving you with a healthy shine, making this anti-fade spray the perfect antidote to sun damage.

Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12, $17.38, amazon.com
Working to reverse (not just prevent) sun damage, this solar screen shields the harmful UVA and UVB rays that target the cuticle and cause unsightly frizz, protects the scalp from sunburn and peeling and also restores your hair’s shine with mango oil!

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Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil, $14, amazon.com
You may like oil on your salad, but how about for your hair? With its earthy smell, this rosemary oil conditions the hair, helps to soften split ends, increases vibrancy and helps to soothe a dry scalp. After we used this, our hair was so silky it didn’t even want to be styled! This product can give even a scarecrow the silkiest locks around.

Davines SU Protective Moisturizing Sun Crème, $28, davines.com
Hair damaged by salt water and chlorine too? Apply a small amount of this leave-in crème to dry hair before sun and sea exposure. It acts as a non-greasy leave-in conditioner, while simultaneously protecting our lovely locks.

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So Cozy Protective Conditioning Mist With Sunscreen, $13.95, cozyscutsforkids.com
Made for kids, but great for anyone, this coconut-scented leave-in conditioner is enhanced with sunscreen to protect the hair and scalp from sun damage while also keeping flyaways in check!

Pureology ColourMAX Antifade Complex, $22, amazon.com
Even if your hair’s not colored, this biotin-rich product will help to strengthen the cuticle while the micro-emulsion technology helps to repair damaged strands. The result: shiny, soft and smooth strands, all while you relax in the sun.

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