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Sun Care For Your Hair – Are You Protecting Your Hair From UV?

Elizabeth Hall
11 March 2020

Most people think that sunscreen application should stop at the hairline- wrong! We’re here to preach the importance of sun cream for hair - yes it’s a thing - and if you want lustrous locks this summer, you should read this. We brought in two experts, Adam Reed, L'Oréal Professionnel Editorial Ambassador (who has worked on the manes of some pretty relevant celebs) and Atoshi George, Senior Scientific Advisor at L’Oréal Professionnel to educate you on how crucial this step really is. As of late, we should be rewiring ourselves to integrate sun cream for hair into our beauty routines… you wouldn’t skip the sunscreen for your skin, right? Well, we hope not. The sun’s rays have recently been linked to being one of the most damaging factors on the structure of your hair. Scroll through to find out why using protection (on your hair) is cool and crucial this summer.

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If You Care, Use Sun Cream For Hair

We’re willing to bet that if you’ve read this far (welcome, we love you already), that you take your SPF protection pretty seriously. Well done! And by now, you should be well-versed on the absolute importance of daily sunscreen for your skin- but what about sun cream for hair?

“During the summer months we put our hair through so much more than the rest of the year. Aside from the sun, heat, humidity and pollution of everyday life, chlorine from pools and the UV damage caused by the sunny weather affects all hair; especially coloured or treated hair. Heat and humidity actually cause the hair fibre to swell, which makes it more prone to damage and also as a result, makes it easier for the hair colour molecules to wash out of the hair.”
Atoshi George

Atoshi George

Senior Scientific Advisor at L'Oréal UKI


In short, if you want your fresh balayage to stay, erm fresh, then you should be using sun cream for hair. Period. He continues to enlighten us- 

“in addition, the drier and more damaged your hair is, the quicker the fade! Colouring your hair means that special colour pigments sit under the surface of your hair to reflect the colour of your choice, when the hair is damaged it is more porous and it’s easier for these molecules to leach out, as well as more prone to free radicals and UV damage.”
Atoshi George

Atoshi George

Senior Scientific Advisor at L'Oréal UKI

Nope, definitely doesn’t sound pretty, and there’s more:

“UV exposure can break down hair proteins and leave hair more damaged, but it also has the opposite effect on your hair versus your skin. In the skin, UV exposure darkens the skin (as it is a living organ) inducing more melanin production. But in hair, it has the opposite effect as the UV and free radical damage degrades your natural melanin in your hair. This is why we often find in the summer months coloured hair may fade faster or lose its shine and brilliance; or even shift from its original beautiful colour to something quite different – think bleached hair and chlorine!”,
Atoshi George

Atoshi George

Senior Scientific Advisor at L'Oréal UKI


woman with blonde hair in the sun

Sun Cream For Hair, Per The Pros

Don’t fret just yet, we wouldn’t deliver such news without a solution! Take a look at what our experts advise in the way of sun cream for hair - your hair will thank you.

Atoshi’s tips:

“The L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime range is perfectly developed for coloured hair in these summer months- made with the experience of leading colourists, scientists, solar experts, chemists and more importantly, the clients with coloured hair. It firstly is designed for coloured hair, which means it gently cleanses and conditions hair to help keep the outer surface smooth and protected; resulting in the hair being more able to maintain its colour. It also contains UV filters and Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralise free radicals that can attach to the hair and colour molecules”
Atoshi George

Atoshi George

Senior Scientific Advisor at L'Oréal UKI


Adam’s tips:

“Prevention is absolutely key when it comes to protecting coloured hair in the summer months. Try to get your hair in its best health before you go away and prevent damage beforehand. Oils such as L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil and a treatment like L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond are ideal for this. Burnt scalps are very common if clients do not look after their scalp properly- if they don’t protect their scalp, hair will become very dehydrated and damaged. Look after your hair how you would look after your skin; moisturise and prep before. L’Oréal Professionnel Silver Shampoo is also great to keep blondes from going brassy/yellow (especially in chlorinated water).”
Adam Reed

Adam Reed

Founding Partner & Director, Percy & Reed, London


woman with brown hair standing in the sunset

Our tips
: Yes, sun cream for hair is pretty important, but there are a few things you can do in addition to reduce UV damage. One way to eliminate the dreaded damage? Pick up a cute new hat! If you needed an excuse to go out and buy a fisherman’s hat, there you have it. Try out Dutch braids underneath for an even more on-trend look! You should also be taking periodic sun breaks- basking in the sun may feel amazing, but the after-effects don’t translate (hey there, sunburn). If you want to stay on the beach with your buds, look into getting a beach umbrella so you don’t miss any of the fun! And just like sunscreen for skin, you should be sure to reapply sun cream for hair after you’ve taken a swim. We loveL’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime to stash away in our beach bag in between pool dips! This product cleanses hair of sand, water and chlorine whilst forming a UV-protecting film around the hair fibre- the perfect solution to the need for sun cream for hair!

Have fun in the sun, but use protection!

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