You’re probably well aware of sunscreen’s advanced and medically proven benefits. In order to retain your youthful glow, stave off premature wrinkles and reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, dermatologists recommend that you slather on a shot glass worth of SPF 25 or more every 90 minutes. However, what about your hair? Often we’re so eager to enjoy our fun in the sun that we forget how those powerful UV rays can transform luscious locks into handfuls of brittle straw in just a few hours. In order to keep your hair as youthful as your skin, heed these important tips.
Keep a Lid on it. Wide-brimmed hats are in this season, and that offers you a two-fold advantage. In addition to looking beautifully en vogue, you can also hide your tresses from the sun’s harmful rays. However, if these boho chic floppy hats and Hamptons-ready straight-brimmed variants aren’t quite your style, pile your mane underneath a baseball cap or simple scarf and call it a day!
Invest in Protection and Treatment. Many companies have released hair care lines that offer sun protection and sun damage treatment. For example, Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26) boasts certified organic shea butter and 16 hour protection while Bumble and Bumble’s Deeep Treatment ($12) will help to restore elasticity after a day of sunbathing. You can also find many hair care products with an SPF to protect your scalp from painful sunburns and unattractive peeling.
Don’t be Stupid. Lemon juice, alcohol-based products and sun-activated hair lighteners are usually bad news. While they may offer a little lightening, they can also cause extreme dryness and split ends. If you’re truly interested in hair lightening, visit your local Bay Area salon for professional highlights, but don’t risk the damage of these other at-home options. The sun, although fun in small doses, can lead to extreme hair frustrations if you opt not to protect your beautiful locks.