The Hidden Risks: Sun Cream's Impact on Hair and Extensions - Hair Made Easi

The Hidden Risks: Sun Cream's Impact on Hair and Extensions

While sun cream is a summer staple for protecting our skin from harmful UV rays, the effects on our hair and extensions are often overlooked.

In this blog, we'll explore the less-known negative impacts of sun cream on hair and extensions, along with strategies to minimise damage and maintain healthy locks.

The Negative Effects of Sun Cream on Hair and Extensions:

  • Drying Out Strands: Sun cream can contain drying agents that strip natural oils from hair, leading to dryness, brittleness, and increased breakage.
  • Residue Build-up: Some sun creams leave behind a greasy residue on hair, making it appear dull and attracting dirt and debris. This build-up can also affect hair extensions, causing tangling and difficulty in styling.
  • Colour Distortion: Certain sun creams ingredients can interact with hair dye molecules, resulting in colour fading and an uneven tone.
  • Scalp Irritation: Direct application of sun creams to the scalp may clog pores and cause irritation, leading to discomfort and potential scalp issues.
  • Weakening Extensions: Sun creams residue can compromise the integrity of hair extensions, making them more prone to damage and reducing their lifespan.

 Protective Measures for Hair and Extensions:

  • Minimal Application: Use sun cream sparingly and avoid direct application to hair and extensions to prevent build-up and irritation.
  • Avoid Certain Ingredients: Steer clear of sun creams containing alcohol, silicones, as they can exacerbate dryness and colour fading.
  • Thorough Rinsing: After sun exposure, thoroughly rinse hair and extensions with water to remove sunscreen residue and impurities. Use products that are gentle on the hair after rinsing, we would recommend our XL Luxury Hair Wrap and Luxury Paddle Brush
  • Protective Styling: Shield hair and extensions from direct sun exposure by wearing hats or scarves when outdoors for extended periods.

Our founder Nicola Wood says "While sun cream is crucial for protecting skin from UV damage, its effects on hair and extensions can be detrimental. By being mindful of ingredients and application techniques, you can minimise the negative impacts and preserve the health and beauty of your locks throughout the summer months. Remember to prioritise hair care alongside sun protection for healthy hair all summer long. 

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