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The Sunscreen Dilemma: Protecting from UVs while protecting your hair extensions

Edited by: Bonita Salon
Published on: August 27, 2023



Hey there ladies!

We all love soaking up the sun, but did you know that sunscreen can actually be harmful to your hair extensions?

Yes, you read that right! While sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin, it can cause discoloration and damage to those luscious locks. Let’s dive into why sunscreen can be bad for your extensions, and we’ll share some tips to help you avoid any unwanted mishaps.

Why Sunscreen and Hair Extensions Don't Mix:

1. Chemical Interference: Most sunscreens contain chemicals like avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone, which can react with the hair extensions' synthetic or natural fibers. This reaction can lead to discoloration, fading, and even breakage.

2. Oil Build-up: Sunscreen is often oil-based to ensure better coverage and protection. However, these oily substances tend to stick to your hair extensions, making them appear greasy and flat. Over time, the accumulation of oils can also weaken the hair fibers.

3. Residue and Friction: Applying sunscreen to your scalp can inadvertently transfer onto your hair extensions. This can create a sticky residue that attracts dirt, dust, and other pollutants, ultimately causing your extensions to lose their shine and appear dull.

Tips to Protect Your Hair Extensions:

1. Avoid Direct Contact: When applying sunscreen to your face and body, make sure to keep it away from your hair extensions. Use a wide-brimmed hat, a headscarf, or a hair clip to shield your extensions from any product transfer.

2. Opt for Non-Oily Sunscreen: Look for oil-free or water-based sunscreens specifically designed for the face and body. These types of sunscreens are less likely to leave a residue on your extensions.

3. Pre-Sun Protection: Before heading out into the sun, apply a leave-in conditioner or a UV protectant spray to your hair extensions. These products create a barrier that helps shield your extensions from harmful UV rays and minimizes the chances of discoloration.

4. Post-Sun Care: After a day in the sun, it's essential to thoroughly wash your hair extensions. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to remove any sunscreen residue and restore the natural shine of your extensions. Deep conditioning treatments once a week can also help maintain their luster.

5. Invest in Quality Extensions: High-quality hair extensions are less prone to discoloration and damage caused by sunscreen or other external factors. Do your research, consult with professionals, and invest in reputable brands to ensure your extensions stay gorgeous for longer.

By being aware of these dos and don’ts, your coveted hair extensions will last you longer and keep that beautiful color you desire. Now go out and enjoy the sunshine with confidence, knowing your hair extensions are safe and sound!

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