Brown to black hair tends to fade both lighter and reddish in the sun and blonde hair and red hair lose color. Highlighted hair tends to become "brassy" and gray/white hair can turn yellowish as well.
|One may not blog about summer and|
sunshine without invoking a beach
scene. Here you go.
These are all UV light absorbers - the word "protectant" is commonly how these are marketed.
- Octylmethoxycinnamate - This works best as a spray containing oils or oily ingredients - not as well in gels or shampoos or conditioners.
- Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride - This is a good UV protectant simply because it is also a substantive (bonds to hair) conditioner - it bonds to the hair whether applied as a shampoo, conditioner or spray, it stays on if you go in the water. It also helps prevent breakage because it is a conditioner. This is used in quite low concentrations – it does not need to be at the top of the ingredient list.
- Benzophenone-3, Benzophone-4 - Water-soluble UV absorber. For leave-on products, but may wash off if you go in the water.
- Quaternium-95 and Propanediol - This is also fairly new and is also a substantive conditioner, so it can be applied as a shampoo, conditioner, or leave-on and should stay on if you go in the water.
- Abba Color Protect Conditioner
- Alterna Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray
- Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Heat/UV Oil Primer
- Giovanni Colorflage Shampoos and Conditioners
- Kinky Curly Pool Party Leave-in Conditioner
- Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave-in
- Sun Bum Beach Formula Shampoo
- Sun Bum Beach Formula Conditioner
- Paul Mitchell Color Care Protect Locking Spray
- Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Moisture Treatment
You know, wear a hat. A hat with a dense fabric (straw hats need to be a reasonably tight weave) will keep off much of the UV. Or you can buy a UPF 30 or 50-rated hat (the fabric has the UPF rating). Hats protect your eyes from sun so you don't get cataracts, keeps the sun off part of your face so you don't end up with lots of wrinkles or dry skin, prevents "part-burn." Hats keep the UV light off your hair, but your hair can still get pretty hot under a hat and dehydrate.
UV Buffs with UPF of 30 or 50 are handy too. Cover all your hair - if you have long hair, pin the ends up so they're covered.