Almost everyone welcomes natural, golden sun streaks in their lovely locks, but when when the harmful UV rays fry your hair to the point of looking sun burned and baked? No thank you!
Now that we’ve passed the summer solstice and the sunniest season is in full swing, things are heating up a lot more than we anticipated. You already know that the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can be hard on your skin, but did you know it can also be hard on your hair this time of year, causing it to be dry, frizzled, split and all over damaged?
That’s not a look anyone wants, especially at a time when our social lives are beginning to reignite, and weddings, parties, gatherings and events are back on our agendas.
So that you can look your most ready and radiant, we want to show you how to protect your hair from the sun with these five easy tips. All it takes is a little forethought. Read on:
How to Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Throw on a hat
The easiest way to protect your locks is also a stylish one. You don’t need to be spending a day at the races with a mint julep in hand to don a luxurious, wide-brimmed summer hat. Keeping your hair covered with a breathable but fashionable hat can block out many harmful UV rays.
Consider the time of day
Protecting your hair in summer doesn’t mean living like a vampire, but you may want to adjust your schedule to avoid going outside when the sun is hitting hardest. Middays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offer the most intense UV exposure of the day. If you’re not already in the real or virtual office during those hours, you may want to avoid outdoor activities during that window to protect your hair.
Spray-on sunscreen on your hair
Putting sunscreen on your skin isn’t enough. Your hair can benefit from some SPF protection too. Protective sunscreen sprays preserve your hair from UV rays and are easy to apply. They’re also readily available online, in salons, beauty supply stores and drug stores. It’s easy to make one of these protective sprays part of your home hair care kit.
Shampoo less often
Despite that “lather, rinse, repeat daily” mantra, you should probably shampoo less often. In the summer it’s especially important to cut back on the shampoo ritual. The natural oils in your hair protect your locks from the sun, and shampoo can strip out those oils, leaving hair exposed to harmful radiation.
Swim with a cap
One of the best ways to protect your hair from the sun is to protect against chemicals that exacerbate the damage from ultraviolet radiation. A swim cap doesn’t just make you more streamlined when you’re swimming laps—it protects your hair from chlorine damage. The chlorine in a pool is really calcium hypochlorite, which leaves mineral deposits in your hair that are far worse than saltwater. Both pool chlorine and saltwater harm your hair, setting the stage for further damage from the sun.