UV exposure can sap the hair of strength and elasticity and cause photo-oxidation, which triggers discoloration.
Redken's UV Rescue line -- After Sun Shampoo and Conditioner, Shimmering Defense Daily Care Protective Lotion, Protective Oil and Sun Milk -- is designed for sun-exposed hair and scalp. The products contain an exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and C2Solar Complex to help combat UV damage, dryness and discoloration, with special ingredients to reconstruct the hair's internal structure and soothe and replenish the hair and scalp.
"The line offers more than just UV protection," Sprankle says. "It's used to help fight against environmental issues that could damage the hair."
The Biolage Sunsorials line contains five products: After-Sun Shampoo, Sun Repair Treatment, Protective Hair Oil, Daily UV Hair Mist It and Protective Sun Gel. In addition to UV filters, the products contain ceramides and anti-oxidants to protect against the harmful elements of summer, Volpi says. It originally was developed for beachgoers on Italy's sun-drenched coasts.
They were designed with summer in mind. The line has a fruity pina colada "beachy" scent, Volpi says. And they're all small enough to toss in a beach bag, Volpi says.
"When you use them in combination, it compounds the amount of protection for the hair," Volpi says. "Hair without any product is much more susceptible to damage."
Fairy Tales recently introduced Lemon-Aid Conditioner to remove chlorine green from kids' hair (Also check out their Coco Cabana Leave-in Sun Spray). And many sun lines include shampoos that remove chlorine and salt from the hair without stripping color.
But don't shampoo too often, says Veronique Morrison, director of education for Mizani. And when you do shampoo, make sure the shampoo isn't too alkaline. Mizani's PuripHying Shampoo and BotaniFying Conditioning Shampoo, which remove chlorine, salt and sweat without stripping the hair of its natural moisture.
Moisture is key during the summer, says Morrison. She recommends putting on a product like Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner and leaving it on while you're out in the sun. It moisturizes while protecting the hair from the elements. Deep conditioning is a must during the summer, especially if you are outdoors a lot.
"The harshest part of summer is the lack of moisture," Morrison says.