Now that the sun is out and the temperatures are rising, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. We know how to protect our skin from the sun, but how many of us know how to protect our hair?

Moisture is Key

The sun’s rays break down the protein (better known as Keratin) found in our hair. By moisturizing you will prevent damage as well as repair any damage.

During the time you know you will be in the sun, use products like a CC cream, leave-in conditioner, hair mask or specially formulated moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. There are also many types of conditioning sprays and UV protection hair sprays.

A CC cream is a product that includes leave-in moisturizers, antioxidants and UV filters. It is easy to apply. Leave-in conditioners continuously moisturize, and come in a variety of sprays and creams.  Research to find the right hair mask for your hair, and find other deep conditioning treatments. Use one of these treatments at least once a week. Don’t stress about styling your hair everyday. You can cause extra dryness if you style every day. If your hair is frizzy or dry, use oils like Argan oil.

Physical Protection

Hats or scarves are always a big step in protecting your hair. By using a hat, or wrapping your hair in a scarf or head-wrap, you are protecting your tresses from sun damage. Hats and scarves block the harmful UV rays. Put your hair into an up-do, or braided hairstyle, and tuck it into your chosen headwear. Head protection also is a way to incorporate fashion into a healthy lifestyle.

Use hair products with UV protection included, as well. Such hair products have those elements that protect shine, softness, aid in strengthening and colour protection.

Want to add some individuality to your sun protection? Parasols not only keep your hair and skin covered, but are a way to show some personal style.

Watch out for Chemicals

Wash or rinse your hair very well after swimming in a pool or laying on the beach.

If you want to avoid washing your hair everyday, rinse your hair using soft water after enjoying the beach or chlorine-treated pool. Hard water can have a lot of minerals that dry your hair. If you are at  a place that only has hard water, you can use bottled water to rinse.

Avoid hair products with ingredients such as alcohol, peroxide and even lemon. These products tend to dry hair. If you use those products and add some time in the sun, your hair will look twice as dry and stressed.

The most simple way to protect your hair from harmful elements of the sun is by prevention. If your hair is healthy and in good condition it is easier to keep it that way when you are experiencing more time in the sun. Use the correct products and take care of your hair everyday.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to care for your hair while enjoying the sun, ask your hairstylist or contact a hair salon for advice.