You wouldn’t step foot on the sand without layering on a heavy-duty SPF, would you? So why should you treat your hair any differently? As much as we enjoy laying out on a summer day, the sun’s rays can actually wreak havoc on your strands. From discoloration to dryness, it’s always a good idea to protect your tresses. Read on to find out three easy ways to keep strands safe from the sun.
Invest in products with UVA/UVB filters and use them regularly.
Whether you’re hanging out at the pool or are simply running errands, your strands may get more sun exposure than you realize. To ensure your strands are continuously protected, opt for products formulated with sun protectant. Eleven Australia is designed with the surfer girl in mind, as many of the brand’s most-coveted products feature UVA/UVB filters. So what does that mean? Basically, there are different wavelengths of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC radiation is absorbed by the ozone layer, UVA and UVB rays can actually reach the Earth, and in turn cause sunburns, premature aging and damage to your skin and hair. UVA and UVB filters provide a “shield” from these harmful rays. To protect strands from the effects of the sun, wash hair with an ultra-hydrating, sun-protectant shampoo and conditioner, then apply a conditioning leave-in treatment with UVA/UVB filters.
Layering is essential to keeping your tresses healthy and strong. In addition to applying hair products with sun protectant, make sure to bring a hat with you during your beach day. Baseball caps, straw hats and even bandanas will keep your mane covered as you take in those summer rays.
Laying out during peak sun hours is never advised. If possible, try limiting your time under the sun to the morning or late afternoon/early evening. If you plan on spending the entire day outside, bring along an umbrella or a pop-up tent to give you some coverage throughout the day. You wouldn’t leave your hair under a hot flat iron for an extended period of time, so why leave your locks vulnerable to the sun’s effects? It may seem silly, but trust us—your hair and skin