Sun damage is a very real issue, especially in countries like Australia where we get plenty of sun and heat on a regular basis. While we’re are all too familiar with the prevention methods required to protect our skin from sun damage, it’s easy to forget to apply the same care to our hair. But fear not, because we’re here to help you find the right methods and products to protect your hair from sun damage as well as repair sun-damaged hair.
How can I protect my hair from heat damage?
Let’s start with the basics here. The best way to protect your hair from heat and sun damage is by preventing it in the first place. Just like you’d protect your skin by covering up, this can also apply to your hair. So if you’ve been looking for an excuse to wear a snazzy new hat, now’s the time. Try and go for tightly woven, wide-brimmed hats that cover your face and neck too. And if at all possible, opt for a hat with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number to ensure you are fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Hair treatment products to protect hair from sun damage
Of course, wearing a hat all the time may not be possible or practical. So what should you do when you simply have to expose your beautiful locks to the sun? The good news is, there are hair products out there that contain UVA and UVB filters which can help protect your skin from sun damage. It’s basically sun cream for your hair but without the greasy mess.
For coloured hair in need of sun protection, we recommend CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Moisturising Hair Oil with Lavender. Made from 97.5% natural oils and with SPF6, it protects colour, preserves shine and offers deep protection against the elements.
Sun-damaged hair treatment
If despite your best efforts, your hair is suffering from a bit too much sun and heat, there are things you can do to repair the damage and restore your hair’s natural moisture.
As you can imagine, sun-damaged hair will need some serious moisture and a bit of TLC. We recommend using a deeply hydrating product like VIRTUE LABS Restorative Treatment Mask. With Alpha Keratin 60ku™, this product actively rehabilitates hair in need of extra care and gives it more elasticity, bounce, and a youthful vibrancy.
If you’ve burned your scalp, in particular, try something like ORIBE Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment for instant relief. It is lightweight, fast-absorbing and removes loose dandruff and dead skin. Meanwhile, the cooling mint and calming chamomile soothe and balance the scalp, giving it some much-needed love.
So there you go. Sun damage doesn’t have to ruin your hair. With some careful planning, proper prevention and the right products, you can keep your hair hydrated, healthy and gorgeous throughout summer.