Hair sun protection. How to take care of your hair during summer

Monday 1 August 2022

Hair sun protection: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer , Davines Su Hair Milk, AHC Sun Stick, Garnier Mist

The awareness of how important sunscreen is has risen lately. It's easy to spot lipsticks with SPF, spray sunscreens or even powder SPFs, but have you ever thought about your hair? Does your hair need sunscreen as well? Today we talk about summer hair care and products you might want to add to your hair care routine. 

Since I'm preparing my thesis for my BSc in Cosmetology, I thought it would be nice to share some content I focus my research on with you. I always joke that I'm too sensitive about my hair. I always search for new solutions and products. I dye my hair to light and cool shades of blonde, and believe me taking care of pigment in your hair can take ages. During the summer, hair gets lighter - some people would love this, but not everyone. How to protect your hair during the summer?  

How is hair built? 

Probably my least favourite part of this post is the basics. We have to go through them so you can understand why our hair and scalp need sun protection. Hairs are one of the skin appendages - other ones are nails and glands. Similar to other adnexa cutis - hair has some crucial roles in our body. Hair protects the scalp from UV rays and scalp injuries. They work as insulation - protecting from temperature and its changes.  

There are two types of hair: vellus hair - thin, short hair that looks like fluff, or some people call it "peach fuzz". Another type is terminal hair - longer and thicker hair. Terminal hair not only exists on the scalp but eyelashes, legs, chest and pubic areas. And now we have to switch to a bit harder stuff which I'll try my best to write in English the easiest way possible. When we talk about hair, we usually talk about the hair shaft, but if we look deeper, we have hair follicles with a hair bulb, which is like the base of the hair follicle. It's a very simplified "model". Hair follicles are connected with the arrector pili muscle. This muscle makes your hair stand when you're cold or scared. That's not all, each hair is connected with a hair papilla - this one makes sure that every hair gets all the stuff they need to grow. You probably already heard about keratin - one of the substances inside the hair.  

How is it possible that some of us have blonde hair or black hair? 

Melanin is a pigment that exists in our skin. It exists in hair too. There are two types of melanin that we are interested in (in general, there are a few more types of melanin, but we are not interested in them): eumelanin (black and brown pigment) and pheomelanin (yellow and red pigment). Lighter hair has less melanin than darker hair.  

Even if hair should protect the scalp, it happens that our scalp needs additional protection just like the skin on our face or body. 

What's UV, and why do we need to protect from UV radiation? 

UV radiation is electromagnetic radiation. The UV spectrum has shorter wavelengths than visible light but longer than X-rays. Let’s focus only on UV. We got three different versions of UV: - UVC (100-280 nm), it’s the shortest version of UV, it is absorbed by the ozone layer and atmosphere. They protect us from this radiation since it has germicidal properties. That’s also the reason why UVC is used at hospitals and private clinics, UVC wavelength can be used as a disinfection method. This radiation is dangerous for us. - UVB (280-315 nm) is a medium wavelength of the UV spectrum. It’s absorbed by the ozone layer in huge amounts but it still gets through the ozone layer and causes sunburns. UVB hurts the outer layers of the skin, it can’t penetrate deep but it still has a bad meaning for us. On the other hand, we need UVB for Vitamin D synthesis. UVB causes tan which is an immune reaction from our body, tan is supposed to protect your skin cells from the negative work of UVB. - UVA (315-400 nm) is a longer wavelength. It penetrates deeper into the skin and causes early ageing of the skin. It penetrates through glass windows and clouds. This UV radiation can be bad for your DNA since it promotes free radicals.  

Is hair sun protection a thing?  

I mentioned that few times on my Instagram how I spend lots of time reading research on hair since my thesis is focused on professional hair treatments. I found a few pieces of research on UV protection of hair, and what I observe is how this topic has changed because instead of focusing on skin cancer, authors started to focus on hair loss and more aesthetic aspects of hair. In my work, we love to celebrate hair since it gives confidence to all genders, and helps us express ourselves.  

There are a few aspects on which we have to focus. First of all, we all can notice that during wintertime our hair looks darker than during summer. Since I was a teen, I remember how magazines recommended using chamomile tea or lemon on hair to brighten light hair to a blonde shade. Not the most clever way to lighten your hair since lemon juice + sun for a long time is a recipe for hair damage.   

Just like the skin, hair contains melanin - in this case, blonde hair won't get dark in pure sun, but lighter (by the way, do you know that technically white hair is transparent? White hair has no pigment). The main problem with sun and hair colour have people with dyed hair. We use synthetic dyes, and these chemical substances react to UV - that's why blonde hair turns yellow. I dye my hair in very light shades, and last time my hairdresser was surprised why my hair still looks light. The recipe is easy - lots of purple & blue shampoo (purple on yellow hair, blue if your hair decided to go orange) + haircare products with sun protection. Even if you don't have dyed hair, your hair during the summer might get dry, and the sun is one of the reasons behind it. Just like UVA stands for sunburns, and UVA stands for ageing in the skin, for hair, it's a bit different - UVA is related to hair colour, and UVB is related to loss of protein in hair. Proteins are important to us, lack of protein in hair leads us to hair dryness or even hair breakage.  

The other problem which we have is scalp - not everyone is lucky enough to have dark and lush hair that is supposed to protect your scalp well. If you're dealing with hair loss your scalp could have some bald spots. During summer these spots are exposed to sunlight, and it's not good for hair growth or scalp condition. If you're doing some scalp treatments - and I know lots of herbal scalp treatments lately are getting popular, sun + herbs are not the best combos. Some herbs are photosensitive, and they can cause allergic reactions. If you visit a specialist for hair treatment, you might end up doing microneedling scalp treatment. When we do microneedling on the face we say that like the mantra "sun exposure after treatment is banned" - it's no different for the scalp.   It's always related to sun making scars stay on your skin or treatment removing dead skin cells - we just don't want to hurt the new ones. 

To sum this point up:  
- Dyed hair loses pigment due to UV radiation, so the colour of dyed hair can change  
- UV radiation can damage the protein in hair and cause hair breakage and dryness  
- Sun protection is important during scalp treatments  
- People dealing with hair loss should protect their scalps from the sun  
- Some scalp treatments can make our scalps more sensitive to the sun  

Why hair protecting products usually have no SPF/UVA protection information on the product?  

I want to show you a few sun-protecting products for hair, but only one or two of them have information about SPF protection. These sunscreens are body & hair sunscreens. I tried to search for information on this topic and I found only one article which said that the problem might be in lack of regulations.  

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer  

Water\Aqua\Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, BHT, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. Water\Aqua\Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, BHT, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol  

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer is a product with sun-protecting values which I use. You can buy a full-size version or travel-size. Since I wanted to try a few products to test them I've decided to go with travel-size. The great thing is that you can find it at Sephora and online stores. This protective primer contains antioxidants like Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil and Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil. It has two sun protective agents: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate. I'm not sure if the version sold in the US is the same since officially Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane can't be sold as sunscreen in the US. It's a new generation sunscreen that protects us from UVA radiation (310-400 nm). The other one protects us from UVB (280-320 nm).  

Collistar Protective Oil Spray For Coloured Hair  

Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Parfum, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Oleth-5 Phosphate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-19, Dioleyl Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool  

Collistar is an Italian brand, but I didn't know about hair products from Collistar. This oil spray contains Nigella Sativa Seed Oil - an antioxidant. It also contains Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB protection - 320-400 nm) and Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate which is a UVA sun protective ingredient (320-400 nm) and similar to Bumble and Bumble - this sunscreen can't be sold as sunscreen in the US, still, this product has UVA and UVB protection and that's what matters the most to us.  

Davines SU Hair Milk  

Aqua/​Water/​Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Parfum/​Fragrance, Amodimethicone/​Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Trideceth-5, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract/​Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract, Trideceth-12, Cyclopentasiloxane, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal  

I had a chance to see Davines products before during my first ever freelance job as a product photographer - that's also why we joke that I'm cursed with working on hair. Davines contain one antioxidant - Tocopherol and one sun-protecting substance Octinoxate aka Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate. Don't worry, this substance protects you from UVA & UVB (280-400 nm). I'm surprised it has no almond oil in the ingredients since it kinda smells like Arancini and almonds.  

Wella SP Sun UV Spray  

Alcohol Denat, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyldodecanol, Aqua/​Water/​Eau, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Parfum/​Fragrance, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-80, Cholesterol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Persea Gratissima(Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glyoxylic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Cinnamyl Alcohol  

I swear I see Wella ads everywhere - I guess I'm the target because of hair toners. Wella is quite affordable and contains antioxidants like Persea Gratissima(Avocado) Oil and Tocopheryl Acetate. I'm surprised by the amount of sun-protective agents: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVA&UVB), 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor (UVB), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (UVB), Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVA) and Ethylhexyl Triazone (UVB). Let's focus a bit on Enzacamene or 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor - I barely ever see it in products, it covers UVB length 290-320 nm and this substance is not approved in the US, so I'm not sure if you can find this one outside Europe.  

Balmain Sun Protection Spray  

Aqua, Glycerin, Silk Amino Acids, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Potassium Dimethicone PEG-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Amodimethicone, C11-15 -Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Trideceth-12, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerine​, Parfum, Citric Acid, Ci 42090, Ci 47005, Ci 61570  

Balmain is a brand which I consider to be more related to fashion than beauty, but Balmain Sun Protection Spray contains one antioxidant - Tocopheryl Acetate, and it has one problem - it mostly protects from UVB since it contains Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate and Benzophenone-4. It's better than nothing for dyed hair, but I think at this price you can find products with higher protection.  

COOLA Scalp & Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30  

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2.5%), Homosalate (6.0%), Octisalate (5.0%), Octocrylene (7.0%) Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Algae Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Fruit Extract, Flavor, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Panthenol, Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Water (Aqua), Xylitol  

COOLA Scalp & Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 is a huge surprise since the majority of brands do not tell you anything about protective value due to a lack of regulations regarding sun protection for hair. Active ingredients protect your scalp and hair from UVB and UVA radiation. Coola also decided to go with two antioxidants: Centella Asiatica Extract and Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract.  

Davines SU Hair Milk

Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray  

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Carrageenan, Parfum/​Fragrance, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Xanthan Gum, Silicone Quaternium-22, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Hydroxyacetophenone, Benzophenone-4, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Carnosine, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Sd Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Benzophenone-3, C12-13 Pareth-9, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Ergothioneine, Algin, Chitosan, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool  

Moroccanoil is an Israeli brand which I've never tried before, but lots of people recommended it. The spray contains two sunscreen agents: Benzophenone-4 and Benzophenone-3, this duo gives you nice UVB and UVA protection. I'm surprised to find antioxidants in a spray like Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Carnosine and Ergothioneine.  

Kerastase Soleil Creme UV Sublime  

Aqua/​Water, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-7, Tocopherol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice/​Coconut Fruit Juice, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Caramel, Benzyl Alcohol, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Cocos Nucifera Oil/​Coconut Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum/​Fragrance  

Kerastase is one of the professional brands which I enjoy a lot. I almost bought Soleil Creme UV Sublime but shipping was too expensive. This solution has one sun-protecting ingredient (Ethylhexyl Salicylate) and one antioxidant (Tocopherol). It only protects your hair from UVB.  

L'oreal Everpure Sulfate-Free 21-in-1 Color Caring Spray, Leave In  

Aqua/​Water/​Eau, Cocos Nucifera Oil/​Coconut Oil, Amodimethicone, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Polyquaternium-37, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/​Fragrance, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/​Dicaprate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Trideceth-6, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Cetrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Coumarin, Rosa Centifolia Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Geraniol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract/​Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid  

L'oreal and Kerastase belong to the same owner, so it's not a surprise that L'oreal Everpure Sulfate-Free 21-in-1 Color Caring Spray, Leave In has the same sun protecting agent (Ethylhexyl Salicylate) and antioxidant (Tocopherol).  

Kemon Actyva Linfa Solare Protection Milk SPF 10  

Aqua (Water/​Eau), Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Lauryl Lactate, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Oleate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Acrylates/​Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer  

Kemon Actyva Linfa Solare Protection Milk SPF 10 is a product recommended for hair and body. It has no antioxidants and three sun-protecting agents: Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane and Octocrylene. This trio can protect your hair from damage created by UVB and UVA.  

Kerastase Soleil Huile Sirène  

Aqua/​Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Isododecane, Dimethicone, VP/​VA Copolymer, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cocos Nucifera Oil/​Coconut Oil, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Ci 19140/​Yellow 5, Ci 17200/​Red 33, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/​Fragrance  

The Kerastase Soleil line looks interesting. I wanted to see if the oil has better ingredients than cream. Unfortunately, we got some sunscreen and antioxidants: Ethylhexyl Salicylate and Tocopherol. This product only protects you from UVB.  

How to protect your hair differently?  

It's hard to find a hair product that contains sun agents. The other problem is that majority of hair sun-protecting products are expensive - I couldn't find any product at the drugstore, so I had to order Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer from Notino. Davines SU Hair Milk came to me from Italy via Amazon - I could order it in Poland, but I would rather wait a week more and pay half of the local price. There are other ways to keep your scalp and hair away from sun damage.  

Hats with UPF Just like sunscreens have SPF, clothing has UPF. A hat, in general, is a cool idea to protect your scalp, but there's a problem that for example, white clothes deal with the sun worse than black clothes. If it's possible - choose clothes with UPF.  

UV-protecting umbrella  

If you hate hats, but you're not worried that people might look weird at you (at least in Slavic countries it is weird) - a UV-protecting umbrella might be a choice for you.  

Hair sun protection: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer , Davines Su Hair Milk

Serums with antioxidants  

Every person related to the beauty industry recommends antioxidants to fix sun damage and protect the skin from free radicals. The same goes for hair, antioxidants might be helpful in this case as well and many scalp and hair serums contain antioxidants.  

Kerastase Nutritive8H Magic Night Serum  

Aqua/​Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Linalool, Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hcl, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxycitronellal, Glyceryl Linoleate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Glyceryl Oleate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Safflower Glucoside, Coumarin, Limonene, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Glyceryl Linolenate, Ci 19140/​Yellow 5, Ci 14700/​Red 4, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Parfum/​Fragrance  

This serum contains two antioxidants: Tocopherol and Ascorbyl Glucoside.  

Kérastase Genesis Sérum Anti-Chute Fortifiant  

Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diaminopyrimidine Oxide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citric Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Piroctone Olamine, Caffeine, Arginine, Limonene, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hcl, Linalool, Safflower Glucoside, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Xylitylglucoside, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract/​Ginger Root Extract, Resveratrol, Tocopherol, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Parfum/​Fragrance  

This serum contains a few antioxidants: Caffeine, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract/​Ginger Root Extract, Resveratrol, Tocopherol  

Mise-en-scene Perfect Serum Original  

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Disiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Limonene, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/​Caprate, Linalool, Citronellol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Geraniol, Capsicum Annuum Extract, Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Glycolipids  

This serum contains a few antioxidants: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol  

Moremo Hair Serum R  

Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Alcohol Denat, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Cyclomethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Canola Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Flavor, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil  

This serum contains a few antioxidants: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil  

Hair sun protection: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer , Davines Su Hair Milk

Can I use oils instead of sunscreen?  

I love using hair oils and I do recommend using them, but not instead of sunscreen. Oils have a very low protective value - up to SPF 6 or SPF 7. It's better to use oil than using no sun protective products, but if you can - choose products with sun protective agents. They are usually lighter than oil. I do not imagine using oil on my scalp - I use Gisou oil on ends, and I love this oil in combination with mise-en-scene serum.  

Overall, I hope that hair sun protection will become a thing since right now the choice is very limited and awareness of this topic is still not big.



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