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The best sun protection for hair

The best sun protection for hair

Keeping your hair protected in the sun is essential if you want soft, shiny and healthy locks when you return from your tropical and paradisial holiday. Just like SPF for the skin, it’s so easy to use on your hair, and there are lots of different sun protection formulas and textures you can use, such as oils, spritzes and creams, depending on your hair type and needs.

Why do I need sun protection for hair?

Just like your skin, your hair can burn and become damaged in the sun. Damaging UVA and UVB rays penetrate the hair-shaft, and although they can cause hair lightening for a short period of time, they inevitably cause dulling, split ends and breakage in the long-term.

7 of the best sun protection products for hair

  1. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
  2. Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray
  3. Korres Red Vine Hair Sun Protection
  4. Philip Kingsley Sun Shield
  5. Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil
  6. System Professional Solar Sun Oil
  7. Kérastase Soleil Masque UV Défense Active

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

If you love to use natural products in your haircare routine, you’ll love Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. Made with organic sunflower seed oil, shea butter and coconut oils, the lightweight oil shields the hair against damaging UVA and UVB rays for all-round protection. It also has an incredible scent derived from neroli, ylang-ylang and cistus, for a perfectly tropical head of hair.

Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray

If you have fine to medium hair which gets easily weighed down by heavy products, then make sure to try the Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray. It feels super lightweight once spritzed onto the hair, and helps to both hydrate and keep your locks protected against damaging UV rays. It also has a unique vitamin complex to feed the hair with nutrition, making it perfect to use if you suffer from easy breakage, split-ends or dullness.

Korres Red Vine Hair Sun Protection

The Korres Red Vine Hair Sun Protection is great to use if you have coloured hair, as the natural formula is rich in red vine polyphenols, which helps to shield against damaging UV rays and environmental aggressors, as well as photo-oxidation. In addition, aloe helps to hydrate hair and prevent moisture loss, while provitamin B5 keeps it looking healthy, shiny and feeling soft.

Philip Kingsley Sun Shield

If you do a lot of swimming while you’re abroad, you’ll want to invest in the Philip Kingsley Sun Shield. It not only protects against damaging UV rays, but also helps to protect damage from chlorine and salt water. Delivering impeccable sun protection and hydration, this lightweight mist also helps to prevent frizz in humid weather; perfect if your hair becomes unruly in the warmer weather.

Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil

In one of the prettiest bottles for summer, the Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil is a lightweight sun shield that has a natural UV filter to protect hair and enhance colour radiance, all while working against damage and dehydration from chlorine and salt water. It’s great if you have dry locks as the spray helps to provide impeccable softness and shine.

System Professional Solar Sun Oil

If you prefer the feel of an oil over a spray, you will love System Professional’s offering from their Solar collection. Blended with luxurious oils and UV filters, the lightweight oil helps to shield against the sun’s rays, all while keeping the hair soft and hydrated. It also contains Keratin, which improves hair strength for

Kérastase Soleil Masque UV Défense Active

Although technically an after sun haircare product, the Kérastase Soleil Masque UV Défense Active cointains a unique Photo-Défense Filter, which helps to shield hair against damaging UVA and UVB rays, making it perfect to use if you have a little extra time in the morning to pamper and prep yourself for a day on the beach.

…The after-sun evening routine

  1. Matrix Biolage Sunsorials After Sun Shampoo
  2. Tigi Bed Head Totally Beachin Mellow After-Sun Conditioner
  3. Aveda Sun Care After Sun Hair Treatment Masque

Shampoo, condition and treat

When you return from a day in the sun, on the beach, or by the pool, you’ll need to effectively cleanse, condition and treat your locks to keep them super soft and healthy. Rinsing away chlorine, environmental aggressors and salt from the sea will ensure your hair stays in its best condition all holiday long.

Start with the Matrix Biolage Sunsorials After Sun Shampoo, which contains sunflower seed extract to nourish and feed the hair with much needed hydration after a day in the heat. It contains natural UV filters, which help to provide protection for the morning after, so you don’t need to cleanse again when you wake up. Suitable for coloured hair, its gorgeously fresh fragrance leaves you feeling perfectly sunny, even when the sun goes down.

Conditionning your hair is an easy way to help add in the lost moisture from a day sunbathing and swimming. The TIGI Totally Beachin’ Mellow After-Sun Conditioner feels like a lightweight yet nourishing balm, and contains aloe vera and Vitamin E to soften, hydrate and protect against environmental aggressors. It has a beautifully uplifting scent of mango and tangerine; perfect for summer nights.

Finish your evening routine with the Aveda Sun Care After Sun Hair Treatment Masque, which is made with organic coconut and sunflower oils, alongside green tea, tamanu oil and Vitamin E to seriously nourish and treat sun-drenched hair. Suitable for all hair types, it leaves locks feeling soft and beautifully scented.



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