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    5 Best Ways to UV Hair Protection

    UV Hair and Scalp Protection

    I love summer, it’s my favorite time of year in Minnesota, but it can reek havoc on the hair!
    Until recently we haven’t had UV hair products formulated to protect the hair from UV rays. But, with more and more research being done on the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, the hair industry has improved research and development for UV hair and scalp protection products. “UV Hair Protection”Your scalp is at risk for skin cancer and will burn from UVA and UVB rays just like the rest of your skin.  If you’re lucky enough to have thick hair, it may protect most of your scalp but even with thick hair, your part line is vulnerable to burning. Until recently hair products were not formulated with a SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor were too greasy and heavy for the hair and would weigh it down.

    Andre Puleo, a scientist at Unilever proved  that UV rays do damage to the hair shaft itself, resulting in breakage, faded hair color and dry brittle hair. So, here are 5 things you can do to protect your hair from UVA and UVB rays.
    Best Ways to UV Hair Protection

    1. Apply a SPF formulated hair product to scalp and hair – A product like Redkens Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12. All of Redkens Color Extend Sun Collection is formulated to protect against UV hair damage and to add moisture to sun-stressed hair.


    1. Wear a hat – Hats are great for UV hair and scalp protection, but won’t always filter out all the rays. Try a wide brim floppy hat that will cover more skin and more hair.


    1. Apply an extra dollop or two of leave-in conditioner —  and slick hair back into a bun, tucking ends underneath.


    1. Try a hair protectant spray like, Avedas Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. It’s a lightweight water-resistant spray that protects hair from the sun and helps minimize color fading.


    1. Nioxin System 8 Scalp Treatment SPF 15 –  this product has been highly acclaimed in the hair industry for years and is one of the few to receive an FDA approval to carry the SPF factor.

    Some SPF ingredients to look for in hair products are one or a combination of the following: oxybenzone (absorbs light), titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (reflects light). Another noted sunscreen agent is Octyl Methyoxycinnamate.

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    1. Great advice, and no better time to know this with everyone starting to head to the pool and beach. I really enjoy the advice for using leave-in conditioner and using your extra hair as cover.

      Comment by Best of Beehive — June 9, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    2. That is such great advice. Too many people forget their scalp but you can get skin cancer there too. I’m guilty of carelessness myself… I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten sunburnt along my parting.

      Comment by KadyM — June 9, 2010 @ 9:45 am

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