You’ve been looking forward to your spring getaway for months and the time has finally come to pack. You’ll need a swim suit, sunglasses, sandals, and of course sunblock—because protecting your skin from the sun’s UVA/UVB rays is important. But did you know your hair is also sensitive to sun exposure?
Just like your skin, exposure to UVA/UVB rays is hard on hair, causing color fade and dryness. When paired with the harsh effect of chlorine and salt water, a sun-drenched vacation can result in dry, faded, and delicate hair that’s prone to breakage. And who wants to bring home dry, faded, brittle hair as a vacation souvenir?
To avoid long-term damage from sun, chlorine, and salt water, follow these tips to protect your hair:
- Wet your hair thoroughly before you hit the water, so the cuticle absorbs fresh water instead of chlorinated or salt water.
- Wear your hair up in a bun or braid to protect it from getting snarled and tangled in the wind.
- Keep your scalp and hair safe from sunburn and sun bleaching by wearing a hat or twisting a scarf into a wide headband—head wraps and scarves are trending this season.
- Revive dry hair with a few spritzes of Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist. It doubles as a light and refreshing skin moisturizer, and is soothing after a day in the sun.
- After a day of wind and water, use It’s a 10 Miracle Plus Keratin Shampoo to gently cleanse while restoring elasticity and protecting from sun damage.
- Follow with a generous amount of conditioner like Paul Mitchell Color Protect Conditioner or Paul Mitchell The Detangler, concentrating at the mid-shaft down to the ends where your hair is the most porous. This will seal your hair cuticle, preventing chlorine and salt water from damaging your hair.
- Layer in a leave-in product like Biolage ExquisiteOil Strengthening Treatment to lock in moisture, and prevent frizz, damage, and color fade.
As you’re packing and preparing for your trip, make sure you’ve got the right products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. If you’re not sure what to get, ask your stylist to recommend the best products for your hair type.