SOS: Protecting Your Hair from the Sun
Jul 2, 2012
We all know that UV rays can bleach even the darkest hair lighter. So if you’re going to spending time in the sun, your skin isn’t the only thing that needs sunscreen. Especially if you color your hair–and, really, who doesn’t these days–you need to protect your dye job with a UV-blocking hair product.
Until recently, I used a hairspray (L’Oreal Elnet) with UV protection, but the product wasn’t protecting my locks from the sun. And given the horrible mall highlights that I’ve been covering with darker, semi-permanent hair color since April, I cannot afford to have my follicles lightened.
Splurge. Earlier in the summer, I purchased a bottle of Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26). The product promises to protect your locks, and your hair color, from the sun’s color-sapping, follicle-drying rays. It’s also water-resistant, so it’s great for the pool or the beach.
Because I have fine hair, I was concerned that the product might weigh it down. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the spray seems to have the opposite effect. Perhaps the moisturizing powers of the all-natural extracts and oils is giving my hair an extra boost?
As for the product refers to as “color-fadage,” the damage is significantly reduced. Before I was using the product, I noticed that just a walk home from work was lightening my hair. Since I started using the spray, I haven’t seen a significant change in the color of my hair.
Save. Miss M and I took a day trip to our favorite place this weekend–the Bed, Bath and Beyond in Chinatown. While there, I decided to purchase this EverPure Sulfate-Free UV Protect Spray ($9). And I hate it.
I spent four hours at the pool on Saturday wearing the Aveda spray and had no noticeable damage to my hair. I wore the EverPure for a 40-minute trek to Arlington National Cemetery, and when I got home, the highlights in my bangs were clearly visible. Like I had just had them professionally done, visible.
Ticked off? Ticked off doesn’t even get there.
Verdict. The EverPure was ridiculously ineffective. I threw the bottle away ten minutes after I got home. It may be $26, but given that it’s a spray, the bottle will probably last all summer. Also, given what I pay for my hair color, and how frequently I need to color it to keep the mall highlights hidden, it’s $26 well worth it.