Most of us know the importance of protecting our skin from burning. But few are aware just how much damage the sun can cause to our hair. UV exposure degrades hair fibres, making it duller and weaker.
Dryness, split ends and fading colour are all symptoms of spending too much time soaking up rays and scalp sunburn can be particularly uncomfortable. Keen swimmers will tell you how pool chlorine and salty sea water can also make your locks look and feel less than perfect. All far from ideal when it comes to taking those summer selfies.
Wearing hair in up-dos can help to reduce exposure. Try also to avoid using heated styling tools to minimise damage. To keep your locks looking their best, use protective sun-care products containing UV filters and moisturising agents.
We’ve picked out our favourite products for keeping hair healthy, all widely available in global duty free stores.
This dermalogica daily cleansing shampoo is a gentler way to keep hair clean, without stripping away vital protective oils. The formula includes the moisturising oils of coconut, argan and avocado oils, restoring softness and moisture and providing a protective dose of anti-oxidants. With essential oils of grapefruit, lavender and geranium, it smells wonderful too.
The Kérastase range is made with 98% natural ingredients. The Ciment Thermique is designed to prevent damage caused by blow drying hair- but works just as well for preventing sun damage with its resurfacing milk formula.
If you have spent too much time in the sun, then we’d recommend Kiehl’s Damage Repairing and Rehydrating Conditioner. With hydrating hyaluronic acid and moringa tree oil, it will replenish your tresses.
Equally, Kérastase Masque Magistral nourishes hair and restores essential nutrients, leaving hair supple and shiny.