Every beauty aficionado knows that SPF is non-negotiable. As well as packing a high-powered sun cream when you go on holiday, if you’re looking to maintain youthful, radiant skin well into the future, as well as avoiding the well-known medical consequences of too much sun, you should be religiously applying an SPF moisturiser every morning as well.
But what about your hair? If you’re lucky enough to have spent some time on a beautiful beach recently, you’ll probably have noticed your locks became drier and less manageable after a few days in the sun. The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, exposure to UV rays weakens the protein structure of hair, leading to breakage, split ends and dullness.
While these effects can be reversed with a good quality hydrating conditioner or hair masque, or may even just grow out on their own, it is actually the skin of the scalp that can suffer prolonged damage to sun exposure. While your hair does provide some protection for the scalp, it is not enough to prevent sunburn when the skin is exposed to sunshine for extended periods, such as when you’re on holiday. The long-term effects of this can be damage to the hair follicle, leading to a permanent effect on the strength and shine of hair, as well as more serious consequences such as skin cancer.
All of which is to say, hair SPF should not be overlooked. But protecting your barnet doesn’t have to mean thick, greasy applications that leave you looking permanently in need of a shower. Just as high-end skincare brands have been putting serious R&D into creating top-quality protective moisturisers, so haircare brands have been turning their attention to mists, oils and serums promising to protect your locks from sun, sea and sand. These are the best hair sun protection products to invest in for your summer holiday.