Everybody loves that little ray sunshine full of vitamin D that makes you feel wonderful and the world a better place! But when you’re slathering on the sun cream in an effort to protect your skin you need to remember that it’s just as important to protect your hair! Yes you heard us right, your hair should also be protected throughout the sunnier months, especially if you’re planning on going to hotter climates!
Did you know that sunlight can weaken the hairs protein structure which means dry, brittle hair? The UVA & UVB radiation both play a role in damage of the hair. The UVB penetrates the hair cuticle resulting in loss of natural hair colour and the tensile strength and exposure to UVA can cause significant reduction in the vibrancy and colour depth of artificially coloured hair.
Other damaging factors to the hair in the summer can be from free radicals from salt in the sea and chlorine when swimming in the pool. These can cause the hair to feel dry, coarse and dull. The scalp can also become effected and become dry or flaky, especially if the scalp has become exposed to the sun.
Our top tips for combating hair damage in the summer:
Always wash & shampoo the hair after a day of swimming in the pool. This gets rid of the harmful effects of chlorine which can build up on the hair and cause problems to natural & colour treated hair i.e. hair turning greenish, hair breakage and damage!
The power of essential oils for vitality, moisture, protection and radiance are a key ingredient for your hair this summer so choose hair products containing essential oils – such as Schwarzkopf Professional BC Sun Protect range that combines a UV filter and Monoï Oil with vitamin E, and Amino Cell Rebuild Technology. You can apply your deep conditioning treatments to your hair during the day and style in braids off the face and let it work its magic on your hair throughout the day.
If you’re a sun worshipper why not apply a spray conditioner or shimmer oil spray throughout the day, similar to how you would apply sun cream. This helps ‘top up’ the sun protection on the hair. The Schwarzkopf Professional BC Shimmer Oil is a waterproof spray that’ll protect and nourish sun-stressed hair and scalp. It’s also contains shimmer particles that reflect the sun to give a gorgeous shine.
A lightweight conditioning treatment is the perfect indulgence for the hair after a long day in the sun. Apply to towel-dried hair and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Not only will sun stressed hair be re-hydrated and nourished your hair will be shiny and soft, ready for the evening!
If you’re in a country with high humidity then ensure these products are packed:
Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Undercoat – this works like a hair primer ensuring the hair has a flawless surface by evening out porous hair giving a great anti-frizz effect.
For an even longer lasting effect on humidity, work the Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Tame Wild through the hair. This product is amazing- it keeps the hair smooth for up to 7 days. When blow drying the hair, ensure it’s absolutely dry, paying particular attention to the roots. Always point the drier nozzle down the hair shaft to smooth the cuticle
Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Magic Anti Frizz Shine Serum controls frizz and adds an instant, light reflective shine to the tresses. Formulated with Silicone Agents and moisturising Glycerine, this luxurious serum gloss smoothes and soothes the hair, resulting in a silky soft finish. Apply to dry hair after using undercoat and tame wild for the ultimate anti-frizz combat!