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How to Protect your Hair in the Sun

How to Protect your Hair in the Sun
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As much as we enjoy catching some sun, it's important to protect your face, body and hair against UV damage. Wearing a hat is always the safest option, but any hair exposed to the sun is still at risk of damage. To prevent this, experts advise using targeted hair products that actively defend against UV rays. With a wide range to choose from, explore our edit of the best products that protect your hair from the sun.

Before Sun Exposure

Heat Defence Spray

An easy way to instantly protect your hair, heat defence spray isn't just for styling with electrical hair appliances.

Infused with six lightweight oils, the Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Heat / UV Protective Primer works to soften, detangle and protect against heat and UV exposure. Simply mist onto dry or damp hair, comb through and style. You'll love the delicious scent that will lightly fragrance your hair. For best results, use in conjunction with the Invisible Oil range.

Leave-in Conditioner

Allowing you to condition your hair and create a shield against UV rays in just one step, discover our picks of the best sun-safe Leave-in Conditioners. These products deeply nourish each strand and create a UV filter to keep the hair looking and feeling healthy.

The Aveda Nutriplenish Leave-in Conditioner is rich in hydrating ingredients but feels beautifully lightweight. The formula is 98% natural and shields the hair from sun damage for up to 72 hours.

Leave-In Oil

Prefer a leave-in oil to a leave-in conditioner? We've selected some of the best options from Grow Gorgeous and System Professional.

The System Professional Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir is a cocktail of nourishing ingredients such as Almond, Jojoba and Argan Oils, which create a natural glossy finish on wet or dry hair. Apply sparingly, and enjoy a noticeable improvement in texture, softness and manageability. The added UV protection ensures that the hair is conditioned and protected against sun damage.

After Sun Exposure

Cleansing Routine

In addition to leave-on sprays, oils and conditioners, you can maintain optimum hair condition by using specific sun-safe products in your haircare routine.

The Kérastase Soleil Bain Après Soleil Shampoo is an 'after sun' shampoo that gently eliminates impurities, chlorine, salt and product build-up. It cares for your scalp by keeping it purified and boosts the strands with hydration. Key ingredients include Coconut Water and a light fragrance inspired by Jasmine.

If you have colour-treated hair, the Pureology Hydrate Colour Care Shampoo creates a salon-worthy finish with multiple hair benefits. Working firstly to repair damage, the formula also contains UVA/ UVB sunscreens to protect your hair and maintain colour vibrancy. For best results, use in conjunction with the Hydrate Colour Care Conditioner and the Hydrate Colour Care Superfood Mask.

Masks and Treatments

Hair masks and weekly treatments ensure that your hair stays feeling silky, bouncy and strong.

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a cult hair mask that is suitable for all hair types, and is now available in a beautiful new scent for summer, Mayan Vanilla and Orange Blossom. This pre-shampoo treatment boosts elasticity, volume and strength, and even provides UV protection.

Explore the full range of sun-safe haircare to make sure your hair looks and feels fantastic this summer.

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