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3 Simple Ways to Protect Color-Treated Hair from the Sun

Skin and hair damage from the sun has been a hot topic in recent decades, as sun safety has come to the awareness of the public. Instead of rubbing ourselves with oil and laying out in the sun, we are now applying sunscreen before we even step out of the house.

Excessive sunlight can also affect our hair, especially if it has been colored. You need to protect your color-treated hair from the sun to prevent damage.

Why Protect Your Color-Treated Hair from the Sun?

It’s no secret that the sun has bleaching properties. That’s why, after a long summer in the sun, you may have those “sunkissed” highlights in your hair.

But, if you are trying to maintain your new beautiful hair color, chances are you don’t want it to quickly fade or look bleached. You want to keep your color exactly how it is for as long as possible! 

While there are many things you can do to ensure that your color stays vibrant, protecting it from the sun is definitely key. As we approach the summer months, make sure that you are prepared to protect your colored/dyed hair from the sun’s rays! 

How to Protect Your Color-Treated Hair from the Sun

Here are 3 simple ways to protect color-treated hair from sunlight.

  1. Choose the right time to go out. 
  2. Protect your hair with a hat. 
  3. Protect your hair with sunscreen.

In this article, we will discuss the above points so that you can make sure to keep your colored hair vibrant all year round!

1. Choose the Right Time to Go Out to Protect Your Colored Hair from Sun

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A key way to protect your color-treated hair feated hair from the sun is to simply avoid the sun when it is at its brightest. Depending on where you live, this is usually between mid-afternoon and late-afternoon.

During these hours, the sun is at its peak intensity and therefore can do the most damage to your hair. Of course, I am not saying that you need to shut yourself inside your house, close the windows, and never come out.

If you enjoy the sunlight as much as I do, that is not an option. If you want to walk your dog, take a jog, or take a swim, simply try to avoid the hottest, sunniest hours of the day. Your skin and hair will thank you!

2. Protect Your Dyed Hair from the Sun with a Hat

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When you do want to go out and bask in the sun, protect your colored/dyed hair from its rays by wearing a hat. This will ensure that, even if you go out during the sunniest hours of the day, you are still protecting your hair. Simply wearing a wide-brimmed hat will extend the vibrance and life of your hair color. 

While all hats provide a measure of sun protection, a hat with an SPF label will be particularly beneficial. Also, make sure that your hat shades the whole head. A baseball cap may shade part of the head, but a lot of your hair will still be exposed to the sun’s rays. 

Who doesn’t want to sport some stylish, fashionable hats while still protecting their hair color? 

3. Protect Colored Hair from the Sun with Sunscreen

protect dyed hair from sun - Use sunscreen

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that there are actually sunscreen mists for the hair and scalp! As someone with extremely fair skin, I was just accustomed to spreading some regular, gooey sunscreen on any exposed scalp before going out. But, of course, that is messy, and it does nothing to protect the hair. 

Fortunately, there are several suncare and haircare brands that now carry hair and scalp sunscreen. So, to avoid hat hair and the sun at the same time, try using a hair/scalp sunscreen.

It will provide a protective barrier between your hair and the sun, and therefore prevent the sun’s rays from fading your beautiful hair color!

In Summary

Spring is upon us, and I am sure I speak for most when I say that we all want to bask in the warmth of the sun in the coming months. But, the sun’s rays can cause your beautiful color-treated hair to fade. By protecting the hair from the sun, you will be able to keep your colored hair vibrant all year long. 

Key Things to Know:

  • The sun can cause your hair color to fade faster and can have a bleaching effect on hair. 
  • Protect your colored/dyed hair from the sun by avoiding going out during the hottest and sunniest part of the day. 
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, especially one with SPF, will protect your colored/dyed hair from the sun’s damaging rays. 
  • Use a sunscreen mist designed for the hair and scalp when you don’t want to wear a hat.