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How Safe is Your Hair from Harmful Ultraviolet Rays?

Monday, June 24, 2013 3:25 PM  |  by HD-Mary

Image of man swimming in poolWe all know it's important to protect your skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun, but did you know your hair system--your investment--is in even more need of UV-protection when you're basking in the sun or swimming in the pool or ocean?

It's easy to forget

Yeah, you may have heard us talk about UV-protection before, but it honestly can make all the difference in the lifespan of your hair system, so we can't emphasize it enough. Since summer is in full swing, I just wanted to remind you that adding UV-protection to your hair system helps to reduce color fading (aka oxidation) which happens with prolonged or direct exposure to sunlight, chlorine in swimming pools and salty ocean water.

As you may already know, having to color a hair system due to oxidation can be tricky. Using best practices to slow down or avoid oxidation altogether can help to save you more than just money--it can save you a lot of frustration and time.

Spray, spray, spray (and maybe rinse)

It's really as simple as using a good leave-in conditioner spray that has UV-protection in it on a daily basis. Or maybe even twice a day. Or three times. And, if you want to bring out the big guns, use a rinse-out conditioner that's got the goods as well. As a matter of fact, the "Conditioner" section of our Store has a filter on the right side where you can choose to view only rinse-out and leave-in conditioners that are good for UV-protection, so it's easier to find what you need.

Protect and moisturize

But, when you're at the beach or pool and are exposing your hair system to prolonged sun exposure, the benefits of using UV-safe conditioners are two-fold: not only are you protecting your hair system from harmful ultraviolet rays, but you're also providing much needed moisture to the hair.

Anyone who has experienced it can tell you that salt water and chlorine can suck the moisture right out of your hair thereby reducing the life of your system in a matter of minutes. Rinsing your hair really well with fresh water and using a leave-in conditioner before you hit the pool (and even spritzing a little on your hair even as you're sitting on the beach) can be extremely beneficial.

And, for optimal protection from the sun, don't forget your hat.

If you have any other tips or tricks for keeping your hair looking and feeling its best during the summer months please feel free to share the wealth. Let me know if there are any tidbits that I'm leaving out. I love hearing and learning from all of you.

Until next time...Happy Hair Days!

About HD-Mary

I have always had a love for hair and all aspects of it. So after years of cutting/coloring/perming and styling family and friends hair I took the leap and put myself through Cosmetology school. I love creating/designing and educating clients. So, I have been referred to by a few in the office as "Obi Wan" because I love to share my knowledge. Hair Direct has allowed me to follow my passions and be a part of a great company to boot!


Linda Lou said:

Great article. I live in South Florida and make sure I put my hair in a ponytail and tuck it inside my hat whenever I am out in the sun for any length of time.  

I think it is important to mention that chemical sunscreens (octinoxate/ benzophenol-4) can cause itchiness and rash for some people.  I was using a product with it and had a rash along both sides of my face.  The dermatologist first thought I had Lupus and never did figure it out...  I finally realized it when I bought longer hair and I got an itchy rash on my shoulders.

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