We're all aware of the damage that ultra-violet rays do to our skin, but have you thought about how UV may be affecting your hair? The clever experts at Schwarzkopf Professional have done just that, and introduced BC Sun Protect, a hair care range that gives triple sun protection.
According to Schwarzkopf, sunlight can weaken the hair's protein structure leading to dry, brittle hair. UVB penetrates the hair cuticle resulting in loss of natural hair colour and hair's strength, and exposure to UVA can cause significant reduction in the vibrancy and colour depth of coloured hair. Plus, free radicals from salt and chlorine when swimming in the sea or pool can cause hair to feel dry, coarse and dull, and if your scalp has been exposed to the sun, it can become dry and flaky.
Thankfully, products in the brand's new BC Sun Protect range provide triple protection: against UVA and UVB rays, free radicals, and colour fade. Key ingredients in the formulations include Monoï Oil de Tahiti, which nourishes and soothes sun damaged hair whilst also providing shine. Amino Cell Rebuild Technology penetrates deeply into the hair, repairing the inner structure from within. Antioxidant vitamin E fights against ageing free radicals caused by the sun and environmental factors, whilst UV filters help protect against colour fade to keep hair vibrant whether it is colour treated or natural. Plus, BC Sun Protect Shampoo clarifies the hair of salt, sand and chlorine residues and rebalances and soothes the hair and scalp.
The Schwarzkopf Professional BC SUN Protect range includes:
BC Sun Protect Shampoo
For daily hair washing before and after sunbathing, this mild formulation gently cleans and moisturises sun-stressed hair and scalp. It removes residues such as salt, sand and chlorine, resulting in shiny, healthy-looking summer hair.
BC Sun Protect Shimmer Oil
This waterproof oil spray protects sun-stressed hair and scalp against damaging UV radiation, free radicals and colour fading whilst shine particles add radiance. Shimmer Oil can be applied before and during sunbathing.
BC Sun Protect Spray Conditioner
This spray conditioner gently detangles and moisturises sun- stressed hair, reducing the effects of UV radiation while minimising the damage caused by salt water, sand and environmental factors.
BC Sun Protect Travel Set
Featuring 100ml travel-friendly bottles of BC Sun Protect Shampoo, Spray Conditioner and Shimmer Oil, the set comes in a stylish bikini bag and is your perfect holiday companion.
To help keep your hair healthy and looking gorgeous in the sunshine, Schwarzkopf Professional share their top tips:
Always wash and shampoo the hair after a day of swimming in the pool. This gets rid of the harmful effects of chlorine which can build up on the hair and cause problems to natural and colour treated hair such as hair turning a dreaded shade of green!
If you're a sun worshipper, apply a spray conditioner or shimmer oil spray throughout the day, similar to how you would apply sun cream helping to ‘top up' the sun protection on the hair.
Apply a lightweight conditioning treatment to towel-dried hair after a long day in the sun. Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Not only will sun stressed hair be re-hydrated and nourished, but it'll be shiny and soft, ready for the evening!