You may be surprised by this first suggestion of a product to protect your hair, not being a beauty product at all! A hat is an important summer accessory to protect your skin from harsh UVA & UVB rays. The damaging rays of the sun not only contribute to the chances of developing melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, accelerating the signs of ageing and pigmentation BUT also damage your hair.
Spending time in the sun weakens your hair’s protein structure, de-moisturises it and reduces elasticity so your hair breaks more easily. Ah!
A brilliant way to protect your face, your scalp and your hair from the drying affects of the sun, is with a hat. This always effective option means you don’t need to rely on applying and reapplying product, you simply shade your hair from the sun and voila, it’s protected.
There are many reasons why you should invest in a broad brim summer hat and protecting your hair is one of them! One of our favourites this season has got to be this ultra chic number from Lorna Murray. The iconic lamp shade-esque style offers quirk alongside reliability and versatility.
Likewise, the Baba Hat by Marle is exceptionally sun-smart whilst offering a contemporary slouchy feel. Pull the brim to whatever side for an effortlessly cool yet protective look.
Oh and the visor, set to be one of the poshest hat options this season, would look great worn backwards to protect your mane!
Ok, now we can dive into the beauty products created to protect your hair from the harshness of the summer months.
One of the greatest ways to rehydrate and nourish the hair is with a hair mask. Just like a mask for the skin, this thick consistency goop is packed with everything your hair needs, with a reduction of filler ingredients like water.
Hydrating hair masks should be used as a preventative to damage, as well as after a day spent in the sea and under the sun. In the summer months, we recommend upping the ritual of the hair mask to weekly or bi-weekly to ensure the sparkle to your hair isnt dimmed, at all!
When it comes to hydrating hair masks, our holy grail product is Kevin Murphy’s Re.Store. Not only is it incased with post consumer ocean waste plastic, but the formulation is filled with powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids. Amino Acids like Arginine and Lysine, the building blocks of repair, will help to rebuild and restore hair with elasticity, strength and moisture. Yes!
If you’re a purveyor of bougie hair products, than Oribe should be at the top of your list to try! The Signature Moisture Mask is luxe, like a big drink of water for your hair and has the most HEAVENLY scent.
Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
As they say, prevention is better than a cure, and the best way to ensure your hair doesnt get frizzled in the summer heat is by treating it right every time you can.
If you’ve ever made the switch from supermarket shampoo and conditioner to a salon-quality alternative, then you’ll absolutely be an appreciator for how much of a difference a good quality duo of these products offer.
When the weather starts to heat up, we recommend switching to a good quality shampoo and conditioner that has a focus on hydration. You might prefer a duo usually that offers protection for your colour, or to try and address breakage, but we truly believe in switching to something ULTRA hydrating come spring and summer.
A personal favourite has got to be the Olaplex range. This collection of Bond Maintenance products are for all hair types that wish to be left with easy to manage, shiny and healthier hair. N°5 is colour-safe, leaves hair stronger than ever, and benefits all hair types and textures.
Oh and if you havent already tried Pureology, then your hair and your shower caddy will thank you later. Please invite it into your life, asap.
Outside of the shower and when you’re not donning your hat to protect your precious locks, there is a beauty product you can bring to your beach day to touch your hair up… hair sprays!
Not the hair spray you use to achieve hold and longevity to a style, sprays used to protect your hair pre-heat tools and pre spending a day out in the sun.
Did you know there are sunscreen sprays formulated specifically to be used in your hair? Well there are, thanks to clever chemists!
The Aveda Suncare Hair Veil stands as a lightweight, water-resistant UV defense mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, to minimise colour fade, damage and dryness.
Unlike a regular sunscreen used for the skin, this mist has been designed to not leave an oily residue on the hair follicles, and feels exceptionally weightless. PLUS the addition of anti-oxidising blend of green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E helps protect against free radicals, which offers an added layer of protection!