How to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage

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Although many people consider the damage the sun does to our skin, we usually don’t think about the kind of damage it can do to our hair. Just the same as our skin, our hair needs protection from sun damage! In order to prevent and/or minimize the damage done to your locks during the summer, try these simple tips 😉

How to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage


Using natural hair care products is a great way to improve hair health. If you use conventional products, many of the ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner can be stripping natural oils out of your hair. This can dry your hair out, fade hair color faster, age your hair, and do tons of damage. With natural hair care products, you will find that the gentle cleansing keeps your hair more balanced, hydrated (but not oily), soft, shiny, manageable, and that your hair bounces back from color treatments and styling much faster.


Although natural hair care products will help to minimize and correct any damage from color and styling, you still may want to minimize heat styling during the summer. This is because the sun is already beating down on your hair all day every day and, depending on your region, can do quite a number on your hair if you don’t protect it. Minimize the damage by nixing or lowering heat styling and going for non-heat hairstyles like braids, no-heat curls, buns, and other fun hair styles.


If you can, avoid brushing your hair until it’s dry. You will experience much less hair fallout that way. If you can’t resist (I can’t), then do yourself and your hair a favor by using a wide tooth comb. Pair it with a natural detangling spray. This is much gentler on your hair while wet and won’t pull out as many hair strands.


As we all know, color and chemical hair treatments can break the proteins that keep hair healthy and strip hair of valuable moisture. In order to minimize the damage done to your hair during the summer (from the pool, beach, and sun), try avoiding doing any intensive color or chemical treatments. Naturally lighten hair with manuka honey and lemon juice, henna or fun hair chalks. Let your natural hair do it’s thing 🙂 Your hair will thank you by giving you healthier locks!

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Even if your hair is already pretty healthy, a weekly or bi-weekly hair mask is always a good thing to add to your hair routine. This can soften hair, make it more manageable, and add in necessary hydration which can improve your hair’s shine, minimize frizz, and help diminish the appearance of split ends. Natural hair masks also help add in vital nutrients back to your hair follicles, soothe your scalp, and keep hair hydrated in between all those pool and beach days.


I recently shared my experience with co-washing and why I’ve been loving it this summer, but if you’re not familiar with what that is, check out my post! The long story short definition is that co-washing is cleansing your hair with conditioner and/or limiting the times you shampoo your hair. You can incorporate dry shampoo powders to absorb oil or use aloe gel to lift roots. You can use a stimulating oil with essential oils like eucalyptus which will not only help hair growth, but also invigorate and stimulate follicles while locking in moisture.


Before swimming in a pool or at the beach, consider using a hair oil to minimize damage. Using hair oils will prevent too much of the chlorinated pool water  (or salt water) from being absorbed into your locks. This will prevent it from drying your hair out.


Nothing prevents hair aging, hair drying and hair damage done by the sun like UV hair mists. You can use a hair mist with SPF protection in the formula or simply use a rich hair oil mist or serum which will help filter some of those damaging UV rays while locking in hydration.


This is going to sound a bit odd, but it’s backed by science! Both drinking green tea and applying topically to your skin have been shown to fight off free radical damage, including offering protecting from UV rays that cause skin cancer. BOOM. Go drink that tea, girl!

How to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage

Hair Protective Products I’m Loving…

Rare El’ements Marula Cocktail Leave-In Mist 

This leave in mist smells lovely, helps hydrate hair, and minimizes frizz. It’s great if you have frayed split ends (like me) and want to smooth them down in between trims! The formula in this mist is pretty legit: coconut, baobab, marula, and abyssinian oils along a blend of plant essences help add natural shine as well as deep condition hair throughout the day and in between washes. There NO silicones and it’s light enough for all hair types. I love using it on my ends after showering and in between shampooing.

IngredientsCoco Caprylate/Caprate, Coconut Alkanes (Coconut, Palm Kernel Oil), Isoamyl Cocoate (Sugar Beets & Coco Nut Oil), Sclerocaryl Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Aleurites Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium), Aniba Roseaeodora (Rosewood), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract. / Cruelty-Free / Made in USA 

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask 

This hair mask is such a life saver! Rahua ungurahua oil helps strengthen and hydrate weak hair follicles while soothing your scalp. Sunflower oil adds shine, quinoa helps heal and hydrate, while a blend of plant essences relax your senses. I love using this a few times a week or after swimming to repair any damage done to my hair. It works like a charm to soften, moisturize, and smooth out my unruly hair, but doesn’t weigh my hair down at all!

IngredientsAqua, Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil*, Canola Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Colza Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Oenocarpus Bataua (Rahua, Ungurahua) Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Hydrolyzed Quinoa*, Glycine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate (Plant-derived). / Cruelty-Free / Gluten-Free / Made in USA 

*Organic Ingredients

Leaves of Trees Eucalyptus Argan Oil 

This lovely argan oil is infused with eucalyptus oil which has been shown to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp. This can help to get rid of build up on the scalp and encourage hair growth. It’s been shown to balance oily scalps and relieve itchiness and dandruff issues as well! I use it to gently exfoliate my scalp and as a hair oil before going into the pool, lake, or ocean. While the eucalyptus oil works it’s magic, argan oil helps lock in moisture, protect from sun damage, and heal already damaged locks. The only two ingredients? Argan oil and eucalyptus essential oil. PLUS, you can use this on skin as well!

Ingredients: Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil and Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil. /  Organic / Cruelty-Free / Made in Canada

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17 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage

  1. August 3, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Wonderful tips and I love the all natural choices! Thanks for this to SEASONAL BLOG HOP JOY!~*

    1. August 4, 2016 at 11:22 AM

      thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for sharing it and visiting my blog! Definitely give these a go – they work super well ♥

  2. August 10, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    This is really a great reminder!
    I always think about my skin, but my hair need the love too!

    1. August 11, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      definitely. I think it’s so easy to forget about hair, but taking good care of your hair can keep it healthy for years, prevent greying, and keep hair thick and strong 🙂 thanks for visiting Jodie!

  3. August 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Those are great ideas! I love the wide tooth comb and washing my hair less often.
    I always love your articles.

    1. August 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM

      thanks so much Andrea! I’m glad you enjoy my articles! A wide tooth comb is great for helping out with hair fall ( something I struggle with a lot ) and washing hair less will keep hydration and balance 🙂

  4. August 10, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    I love these tips! I really need to try washing my hair less often, and now I’m going to drink more green tea!

    1. August 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

      yes you should! Dry shampoo powder helps and aloe vera (on your scalp is good too!). green tea is amazing! I’m always finding more reasons to drink it haha. thanks for stopping by Rachael!

  5. August 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I wish I had read this before I went to Spain! Sadly, I don’t need to worry much about sun damage to my hair in the North of England but this would have reminded me to do more than just wash my hair after being at the beach! Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

    1. August 12, 2016 at 8:20 AM

      aw bust! Glad it’s not a huge concern for you, though. living here in California, it’s a big issue for me during summer! thanks for stopping by Hannah 🙂

  6. August 12, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Thank you for such a helpful post!
    I think hair is forgotten about!


  7. August 13, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    I use gentle, natural protective oils like organic coconut oil to protect my hair. I also make protective hair conditioners from natural foods like avocado or olive oil. Thank you for sharing ways to protect hair from sun damage at the at the Healthy Happy Green & Natural Party! Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! Pinning and sharing! All the best, Deborah
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    1. August 16, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      that’s awesome Deborah! I love that you DIY hair treatments. that’s always amazing. thanks so much for stopping by and I’m so glad you liked my posts!

  8. August 19, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    I do like to use a UV mist on my hair in the summer. I get highlights and they can be drying if I don’t take care of my hair. I also use a leave in hair conditioner/detangler. Great tips!!!!


    1. August 25, 2016 at 2:06 PM

      that’s great! thanks for stopping by Carrie 🙂

  9. kare
    August 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Great tips, I love green tea so thats good. 🙂 #weekendblogshare

    1. August 25, 2016 at 4:28 PM

      awesome! hope you give these a try! green tea is delicious 😀

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