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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Why You Need Hair SPF

Why You Need Hair SPF

I know what you are thinking, is there any area of this girl's body that she won't douse in SPF? In short no - I've got SPF for days (well weeks) and I protect just about every inch of myself when out and about. I will however admit that SPF for my hair is a fairly new concept I have jump aboard and even then in most instances it would be occasional use, opposed to daily.

Why should you use SPF or UV protection on your hair as skin cancer is not possible? In short to protect from damage, just like the rest of our body hair ages too - especially if it is long and believe it or not Sun and general light exposure can be a huge factor in speeding up the process. Not only does the Sun's harmful UV rays age the hair but it can strip it of colour (natural or not), be the cause of both dryness and weakness. If you find that come the Summer season that your hair is brittle and generally a little more difficult to manage believe it or not it could be the weather to blame!

The Sun will strip pigment from the hair - artificial or not and leave bleached blondes brassy, deeper hues with red tones and generally leave hair colour dull. As a side note it does seem that us who have chemically treated our hair will be more prone to damage - this is because the hair shaft is already sensitised. So what's a gal or guy to do? Find either an SPF for the hair or a UV hair filter - surprisingly there is plenty on the market so it needn't cost an arm and a leg. I should point out that your typical bottle of SPF won't really be suitable for the hair (unless it states so), as most hair sun protetctants aim to reduce loss of moisture and prevent colour fade.

I'm a firm believer in multi-tasking products - why pay or carry around more when one product will do the job nicely. Not only do Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30 (£17.15/150ml) and Decleor  Aroma Sun Expert Summer Oil SPF30 (£32/150ml) protect the hair and body but they deeply nourish and hydrate all over too. Both oils are very similar - the Clarins version is of course more affordable (always a winner) and is lighter in texture not to mention the fruity fragrance is scrumptious. The Declor version is a smidgen more hydrating, loaded with anti-ageing properties (great of using all over) but a tad more oily -I'm guessing when sat on the beach no-one truly cares if their hair looks a little greasy non? If using either of the above options (or anything similar) be sure to use a build up removing shampoo every couple of days.

Like I said SPF for my hair is not a daily occurrence, I have however taken to misting my hair down after each wash with Pantene UV Protection Spray (£6.99 not online yet) that is a rather clever product. Not only is it lightweight and applied to damp hair before styling, it is non-greasy, hydrating and does somewhat help with the de-tangling process. Unlike the above options this is not an SPF so it can't be used on the body but for the hair it is ideal - it prevents not only colour fade but also damage from heat of any type.

If all else fails deeply condition your hair (I used to sit by the pool with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in my hair - it was a sight to behold!) after each Sun session to minimise the damage. You may also want to ditch heat styling to keep your locks in the best condition possible this Summer.

Is hair SPF a new concept to you too or have you always used something similar to prevent fade and damage?



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13 comments:

  1. This is a step I would never think of, the Pantene one seems affordable and great!

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  2. I have never thought of using products like these, but i will now! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  3. I've known for years now that I need to use an SPF in my hair, but have never been able to find an SPF in my little town. I had no clue Pantene offered this. I doubt my little grocery carries this, though, but there is always Amazon! Thanks for the affordable version!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  4. wow! Sounds amazing xo

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  5. Hair SPF is a relatively new concept to me too, thanks for the educational post and product recommendations!

    xo, Liz
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  6. I used Moroccan oil on my hair whilst I was away which has UV protectors.

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  7. Must try one of these! :D

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  8. I am weirdly excited by this, I always burn my scalp and used to actually spray a little bit of suncream onto the top of my head! My hair is brittle too, this seems like it was meant for me haha! cottonandcandie xx

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  9. I've never heard of hair SPF but it's definitely something I'll look into trying this summer!

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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  10. Never heard about hair SPF, the Pantene product sounds good

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  11. This is something I DEFINITELY need... My light brown hair is always turning orange in the summer from sun bleaching. Thanks for the recommendations! :)
    Lana
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  12. Think I'll stick to wearing a hat like a normal person :P ha

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  13. I've been using UV protection in my hair for the last year now and have noticed my hair seems healthier. I use the Beauty Protector protect and detangle, but I might pick up the Pantene product when I run out as it's easier to get hold of!

    Rambling Makeup

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