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Hair Protection From the Sun

by Daniella Saul

Scorching UV rays and harsh pool chemicals, rough sea salt and humidity are just a few of the culprits that wreak havoc on hair in the summertime. Often, we unknowingly put our locks to the test on those carefree summer days, ending up with dry, faded, brittle strands by the season’s end.

We’ve rounded up some of the most effective products to keep the hair nourished and moisturized, as well as some tips to help protect your hair during the long summer days ahead.

Three Tips to Protect Your Hair

Wearing a hat and twisting your tresses into a braid or bun is the initial step to guarding your hair color. Color-treated hair can easily fade under the sun’s harsh UV rays, and a physical covering is the best primary defense.

Protect the ends of your hair with a favorite leave-in conditioner before entering the pool or sea. It is a great way to seal in moisture and prevent brittle ends.

Chlorine in pools strips the hair of its natural moisture, leading to a dry, straw-like texture. A leave-in conditioner absorbed into the hair first will prevent the absorption of salty or chemical-filled water, and help retain a soft and supple touch.

It’s important to prevent the hair from retaining chlorine and other chemicals after being absorbed in the pool or ocean. Shower immediately after swimming to both cleanse the hair and avoid prolonging damage.

Top Products for Soft and Silky Hair

Hair masks are popular this season—for good reason. Here are some top recommendations for hair masks and leave-in conditioners that will keep your hair silky-soft.

Yarok Feed Your Moisture Masque

Say goodbye to brittle strands with Yarok’s Feed Your Moisture masque. Formulated with aloe vera gel, wild harvested seaweed extract, organic virgin coco crème, and organic oats, this masque is designed to rehydrate to the max. Perfect for curly or color-treated hair. yarokhair.com

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

This intensive treatment revitalizes and repairs to the core of each strand with Ungurahua oil. Complementing this omega-rich oil are lavender, eucalyptus, and quinoa to bring your tired locks back to life. rahua.com

Peter Lamas Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask

Healthy hair can be hard to achieve after the summer’s brutal conditions. With this treatment mask from Peter Lamas, formulated with 5 natural oils to fortify and replenish, nourished locks aren’t so far away. Revive your youthful hair with omega fatty acids, peptides, and vitamins found in this wholesome mask. peterlamas.com

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

This deep conditioning mask works in just minutes to recover lost moisture using a rich vitamin-B blend with rosehip and argan oils. Shampoo the salt or chlorine out of your hair then coat your hair with this mask for silky, luscious locks. briogeohair.com

Jirano Coconut Leave-In Conditioner

A true Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jirano’s Coconut Leave-In Conditioner increases the hair’s elasticity to prevent breakage and redefine curls after a day of dehydration and damage. Fight the frizz and leave your hair supremely soft and silky with this miracle leave-in. jirano.com

Renpure Coconut Water Replenishing Treatment Mist

Your hair will thank you after a spritz of Renpure’s Coconut Water Replenishing Mist, crafted with coconut oil and free of parabens, sulfate, salts, dyes and gluten. From the new Black Label Coconut Collection, this hydrating mist adds a smooth, soft texture to beaten-down hair. Lightly protect the hair before sun exposure with this replenishing spray, or use as a treatment afterwards. renpure.com

John Masters Organics Green Tea and Calendula Leave-In Conditioning Mist

Green tea and calendula combined with 8 certified organic ingredients add volume and strength in this mist from John Masters Organics. Soy proteins and broccoli seed oil quench your hair’s thirst and seal in any moisture drained by the sun. johnmasters.com

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