How to Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage

Is your hair sun damaged? Here are the latest hair products to protect and treat your hair from the sun.

While the sun is essential for life, it also produces harmful UV rays, which not only cause premature ageing. It can be uber damaging for your hair.

UV meaning, ultraviolet has two different types of radiation. UVA and UVB.

UVA is responsible for the loss of hair protein creating weak and brittle hair. UVB radiation is responsible for colour changes in your hair such as brassier blondes and lack of shine.

There has been important research conducted regarding the damages of UV on hair and even further research on how you can protect your hair resulting in a host of varying haircare brands all now developing a fabulous range of haircare products which either protect the hair from the harmful rays, or treat and repair any damage which may be caused from the harmful rays.

To protect your hair from UV damage it is crucial to adopt a good haircare regime at home.

This is because your hair can get damaged daily from exposure to sunlight. Of course we aren’t talking about your required thirty minutes of sunshine per day, as you take a walk or chill outdoors in the sun. We are talking your serious two hours or more in the sun when working outdoors, or chilling at the beach with mates.

If you aren’t protecting your locks, those harmful UV rays are going to be doing a lot of damage. Even in winter. You really need year-round protection for your hair.

Finding a product that provides either physical or chemical protection from the radiation is what’a going to prevent damage to your hair.  

Sachajuan Hair in the Sun Treatment is packed with UV filters, meaning your hair will be protected all day. Not to mention, the Ocean Silk Technology it contains helps to protect your hair during and after swimming too.

This is a cream formula which features a UV-filter that remains in your hair long after washing. Similar to a leave in conditioner. Can be applied to both wet or dry hair. If heading to the beach, apply a small amount and massage through or blow dry through, before heading into the sun for extra UV protection.

If you’ve been in the sun all day and your hair is feeling frizzy and easily breaking it’s time to give your hair a treatment to repair the damage that is already done. 

Aveda After-Sun Hair Masque is an after-sun treatment that is packed full of proteins, as well as coconut oil to hydrate the damaged hair. It helps restore weakened and damaged hair to give you the summer hair you’ve always dreamed of.

Aveda after sun haircare

Ideal for use after you have been in the sun all day and had no UV protection in your hair. I highly recommend using it in your post wash after swimming all day, even if you were using a UV protection, as it boost vitality to your locks and repairs any damage.

If your hair is already damaged from the sun you can use products to help repair your locks. 

OGX Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner are both packed full of amino acids that help build keratin (the portion your hair is mostly made of). Not only does this shampoo and conditioner help hair that’s been damaged from the sun, but it will also help thicken thinning hair and give you a luscious mane.

OGX Biotin and Collagen

This shampoo and conditioner make a great replacement to your normal haircare washing products, as they naturally boost the health of your hair and smell great too. Perfect for thin. hair types looking to boost hair length and volume too.

Joico have two new hair treatment products to help repair environmental damage to the hair.

Joico Hydra Splash Masque and the Joico K-Pak Colour Therapy Luster Lock Treatment

The Joico Hydra Splash Masque is a unique gelée treatment, which is powerful enough to create a wave of healthy hydration without overpowering delicate strands. Perfect to use on hair after being in the sun all day, or when you have been to the beach all day.

All it takes is five minutes in your hair, and your hair will be soft, smooth and well hydrated. The hydrating Gelée Masque is the ultimate, lightweight, thirst-quencher for fine, dry, parched hair.

The Joico K-Pak Colour Therapy Treatment will give you an instant shine and repair miracle for colour-treated hair of all shades from blonde to brunette, to darker or lighter than that.

This treatment will unlock hidden vibrancy in the hair, whilst providing a deep repair and illuminating shine to your locks.

To help heal hair which has snapped off from excess environmental damage, often caused from hair drying out from UV damage, or spending too much at the beach without any hair protection on, Sydney brand Pump Haircare have created the ultimate solution to helping your hair grow, and grow fast.

The Pump Haircare Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner contains a unique new technology called Biogrow, which contains the most bioactive form of Coenzyme Q10 – Ubiquinol that increase the keratin levels to enable longer and  thicker feeling hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner are rich in peppermint oil that gives the scalp a refreshing cleanse and the hair a rich fragrance.

Created by Sydney Hairdresser Natasha Jay, Pump Growth (like all Pump Haircare products) is completely vegan and cruelty-free.

Read our related story from our sister publication Renae’s World where the founder Renae interviewed the founder of Pump Hair Care.

EVO Mister Fantastic (New & Improved) RRP:$36.00 and EVO Mane Tamer RRP:$40.00

EVO is another great Australian brand, and EVO Mane Tamer is a sulfate free smoothing shampoo that actually helps strengthen the hair both to prevent or repair damage.

EVO Sun Revitalising Shampoo

This is a great product to use after a day in the sun, to restore the hair’s natural state one day at a time, and the pump applicator makes it super easy to use in the shower. The fragrance is uplifting, and you can feel like you’ve walked out of a salon after using it – and so does the bathroom.

EVO Mister Fantastic helps prevent damage to hair.

Evo Mister Fantastic is a blow dry spray that provides thermal protection and also has the EVO salon fresh fragrance. It is great for preventing damage from blow dries, accelerating blow dries and even provides volume as a bonus.

It is also useful as a preventative measure before going into the sun. Great for long, layered, damaged hair.

Kenzie Sinclair

Kenzie is a total fanatic when it comes to anything beauty, fashion or travel. When she is not writing you can find her doing reformer pilates, swimming at Sydney's best beaches or even cooking up a storm in the kitchen. She loves exploring new places whether it's a new waterhole in Sydney or an island on the other side of the world (we can't blame her)!

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