This Is What The Sun Actually Does To Your Hair

We’re all well versed in the importance of sun cream, and most of us wouldn’t dream of sitting out in the sun all day without wearing it, right? But when it comes to hair care— it’s a different matter. If you don’t wear an SPF in the sun, you’re likely to burn or damage your skin, but what happens to your hair after a day in the sun? Well, surprisingly, it’s a similar story.

Our hair, like our skin, can burn if it’s left unprotected in the sun. And it’s not just blondes or those with coloured hair who suffer. The sun doesn’t discriminate, and all hair types undergo damage when exposed to UV rays. So what happens? In a nutshell, UV rays break down the hair protein— burning both the inside and outside layer of the hair follicle. This weakens the hair, leaving it more prone to frizz, dullness and breakage. With blondes, the colour may look brassy and frazzled, with brunettes the shine is lost and redheads may find their colour fades and looks dull.

So how can you protect hair and help it heal after a long day of sun? Look for products with UV filters and protection, try and keep your hair out of the s­un during the middle of the day and treat your tresses afterwards with a soothing and hydrating hair mask. Not sure which is right for you? Luckily we’ve found the perfect picks…

Coconut Lane Palm Power Hair Mask

Rich in coconut, jojoba oil and almond milk, the Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque locks-in moisture— without leaving hair feeling weighed down or greasy. Apply to damp hair and twist into a bun before going into the sun, or use after showering for an extra hit of hydration.

Holika Holika Biotin Damage Car Essence Wax

Formulated with built-in UV protectants, work the sulphate-free Holika Holika Biotin Damage Care Essence Wax through your hair before heading out in the sun. 

amika Glass Action Universal Elixir

The amika Glass Action Universal Elixir is the perfect multitasker, make sure you take this little beauty with you on holiday. The unique blend of oils help to not only protect your hair from UV rays— but actually strengthens hair from within. Plus it acts as the perfect de-frizzer when you’re caught out in the heat.

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Smoothing Shampoo

Much like coloured hair, sun-damaged hair is prone to frizz. But the sulphate-free formula of the Briogeo Farewell Frizz Smoothing Shampoo helps to hydrate your tresses and repair damage with every wash. Plus, it smells amazing.

amika The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray

Protect against heat, UV and pollution with this all-in-one amika The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray. Spritz and smooth through the lengths of your locks for instant shine, frizz-free hair that’s protected all day long.