We all know that protecting our skin against UV rays is important – but what about our hair? Did you know hair is just as sensitive to the sun’s UV rays, and needs protection and care when temperatures rise? We’ll reveal how to keep your locks lustrous this summer.
Hair obviously can’t get sunburned - but it is affected by the sun, wind, salt water and chlorine. What happens is that the cuticle layer is roughened, making the hair dry and brittle. The ends are worst affected – they start looking like straw as (even natural!) color fades. However, with the right care products you can prevent this from happening, so that both you and your hair can enjoy your summer vacation!
Types of Damage: Sun and Water
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun is at its most fierce, try to seek shade or cover to protect your skin and your hair from damage. Sun hats, caps and headscarves all offer good protection but it’s a good idea to work some sun spray into your hair, too. These sprays have so many benefits. They protect against UVA and UVB rays, plus they moisturize the hair and stop your color from fading – that’s natural color too, folks! It takes a while to work, so if you can remember to spray it on your hair before you go out into the sun, you’ll be well protected. Setting up a well-stocked summer hair protection routine can help combat damage – here are some of our favorite products to keep your locks shiny and strong:
The Gliss Summer Repair Shampoo, with its UVA/UVB filters, repairs summer damage and prevents hair dryness. Gliss Summer Repair Shampoo’s high-performance formula with Monoi flower extract regenerates sun-stressed hair, reducing it to its natural shine and softness.
Water – any type of water, whether it’s the sea, a lake or a pool – can damage your hair. The salt crystals in sea water act like lenses, focusing the sun’s rays and burning the hair. After swimming in the sea, rinse your hair in a shower with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as the Gliss Summer Repair range. If you’re set on keeping beach-hair for the night, remember to use extra protection spray to counteract the salt!
Pool water is also bad news for your hair. Disinfectants like chlorine and copper can give blond or gray hair a greenish tinge. That shouldn’t stop you taking the plunge, though! Use a color rinse or a color shampoo in a red or gold shade to cover any greenish tinge.
The Gliss Summer Repair Express Repair Conditioner contains nourishing apricot oil to ensure immediate combability. The UVA/UVB filter prevents hair from becoming dry and fading. You’ll have soft and smooth hair in no time!
Summer All-Rounder: Gliss Summer Repair Range
A good haircare routine needs the right products – everyone knows that winter air can dry out your hair, but the same can be said of summertime hobbies! Swimming and sunbathing have an effect on your hair. The Gliss Summer Repair range is a perfect seasonal care range – although you might fall in love with the smell and effects of the monoi blossom extract so much that you keep using it in winter. Bring the summer with you through the year!
The moisturizing ingredients in this range mean that you can enjoy your summer without having to think too much about whether your hair can keep up. A powerful combination of UVA and UVB protection offers the best repair to already damaged hair, and prevents it from getting more dried out and from split ends getting worse. Repair hair that has seen better days, and protect shiny locks from getting parched by the hot summer sun.
The Gliss Summer Repair Protecting 2 in 1 Treatment can be used as a conditioner or a hair mask. The intense nourishing formula contains apricot oil for immediate combability and suppleness. The UVA/UVB filter guarantees additional protection and prevents your hair from drying out as well as repairing any summer-related damage. For a natural shine and irresistible suppleness.
After a long day at the beach, you should give your hair some TLC. Special color protection products with UV filters are a holy-grail ingredient for sun-kissed hair. Even if your hair isn’t colored, you might benefit from a color protection shampoo with UV protection technology. These contain proteins and vitamins which return the shine to your hair, as well as containing antioxidants and light filters that protect color from fading. If the ends of your hair are suffering, you can use a nourishing serum to fix the splits temporarily and make them look healthier.
Bonus Tip: Antioxidants in your Diet
The right diet can help your hair combat the heat and the effects of the sun’s rays. In the summer, make sure you eat enough foods containing vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene. These contain antioxidants which neutralize free radicals (the molecules that damage cells and are unleashed by UV light). Apricots, berries, grapes, broccoli and spinach all contain lots of these antioxidants.
Sun Protection for Your Hair: A Summary
We’ve created a handy list for you of our best tips for caring for summer hair!
- Always rinse your hair with fresh (tap) water after a swim in the ocean
- Spray lotions remedy the split ends of sun-damaged hair
- Pool water may dry out your hair or even leave a green tinge in your hair, and the salt from the sea can also have damaging effects. Ranges like Schwarzkopf’s Gliss Summer Repair can combat these effects.
- Wear a hat! Hair stays healthy and shiny that way.
- Nature's UV protection: Compounds in grapes protect against the effects of free radicals
- Special after-sun conditioners provide just the right care after you’ve enjoyed a sunny summer’s day.