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Shield your strands from the sun with these hair heroes

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert3 years ago
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With staycations and - dare we hope - out-of-country holidays on the horizon, we've set our attention on the {hair care} arrivals that will keep your strands in tip-top shape as things heat up. We all know how the sun can damage our skin but we seldom discuss how it affects our hair; prolonged exposure to UV rays can result in colour fading, moisture loss (cue brittle, dry lengths) and weaker hair shafts. Not exactly anyone's cup of tea. So don’t let sun, sea and chlorine get the best of your tresses, these summer essentials will protect and replenish your hair...

A one-stop-set of holiday heroes, Sachajuan's {Hair In & After The Sun} has your summer routine sorted. Before you leave the hotel, apply the Hair in the Sun formula - a non-greasy, virtually weightless styling aid that boasts a UV filter that protects hair and hair colour even after a quick swim. Then after a day of sunbathing, treat your strands to the Hair After the Sun leave-in lotion that channels ocean silk technology (think: sea algae and proteins) to nourish and quench parched hair.

Second only to the act of lounging by the pool, a refreshing shower after a long, sweltering day is a heavenly experience. Helping you to shed grime, chlorine, UV filters and sand from your skin and strands, Nuxe's {After-Sun Hair & Body Shampoo} works into a gentle, creamy foam to leave your hair feeling unencumbered and shiny. Note: the tropical scent is damn right delicious.

If your holidays are anything but sedentary, you'll need something a little more nifty to keep your hair protected. Aveda have just the thing; the vegan-friendly {Sun Care Protective Veil} forms an invisible, water-resistant screen over your lengths, defending against UV rays - thanks to UVA/UVB filters derived from wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils - to counter the drying and damaging effects of the sun. Keep one in your beach bag or backpack to top up as needed!

There's nothing like a week of splashing about in saltwater to leave hair thoroughly thirsty - that's where OLAPLEX's {No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask} comes in. This highly concentrated treatment not only moisturises and smooths your strands but also adds body and light-scattering shine in just 10 minutes. Working its magic on all hair types and textures, this is a godsend for intensely damaged lengths.

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert
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Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.