Do You Need Sunscreen For Your Hair?
“Sunshine can absolutely affect your hair color," says master colorist and hair color educator, Kate Reid. "UV rays can create porosity in your hair, which in turn means that your color will fade faster than it would normally." Additionally, Reid explains, the sun can enhance warm tones in your hair. Translation: catching some rays can thwart efforts to maintain a cool, ashy hue — if that's the look you're going for.
Christine Thompson, Color Director and Co Founder of Spoke and Weal, agrees. "UV rays will break down the elasticity of the hair and can fade hair color at a much more accelerated rate," she says, adding that it's crucial to take extra care when you're exposing your hair to prolonged sun exposure. "Hats and scarves are one way to protect the hair," she suggests. Additionally, she recommends using product that contain ample sun protection (her fave: the Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $29).