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How To Care for Sun Damaged hair


Who doesn’t love the bronze glow your skin gets from a vacation in the sun, water, and sand? However,
our hair can suffer from the elements we love, and is often left dull, dry, lifeless, and damaged. Recently,
I chatted with hair care expert Brenda Duncan, with Monat Premier Hair Care. We discussed tips and
solutions for keeping your hair healthy, hydrated, and happy while getting your glow on…

Is sun damaging to your hair?


Yes! Like skin, the sun and heat zap hair of vital hydration. When hair is dehydrated, it is more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Look for hair care products that feature CrodasorbTM, which helps protect your hair from UV damage, much like a sunscreen protects your skin.

Should you wash your hair more in the summer?


That is a great question! You should wash your hair whenever you feel the need to. If you are spending
loads of time outdoors, or in the pool or surf, then definitely wash afterward. After pool time, try a
clarifying shampoo to help rid the hair of chlorine build up. If you’re in the pool a lot, use the clarifying
shampoo once a week. When you do wash, use warm water, instead of hot. The heat can pull needed
moisture from the hair. By using hair care that helps to maintain a healthy balance of clean and
moisture, and does not contain harmful ingredients, you may just find that you don’t need to shampoo
as often as you once did. Instead, add a little dry shampoo for quick touch-ups. Monat dry shampoo, The
Champ, also contains a touch of styling product to give you great looking ‘second-day’ hair! Dry locks
don’t need to wash daily. Use a hydrating shampoo and try a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture.

What is your number one tip a person can do to protect hair before swimming?

My number one tip to protect hair before swimming is to apply a leave-in conditioner before you enter
the water. Your hair will absorb the conditioner instead of the salt or chlorinated water. You won’t
experience the dry and dull feeling after your swim. Use a small amount of the same leave in conditioner
added to a spray bottle of water, mixing well. Then spray over your hair after swimming for an easy
comb out.

Can I do anything to protect my color when out in the sun?


To protect your hair color when you are in the sun, begin by using good hair care before you even think
about vacation, sun, and summer! Use products that leave out harmful chemicals, such as sulfates and
parabens. Look for products that do not use harmful fragrances, instead using loads of natural
ingredients and contain CrodasorbTM, for UV protection. Before sun exposure, use a good quality leave-in
conditioner, to help protect your hair investment. You’ll have hair color that is less dull, has a
beautiful shine, and lasts longer.

What is your favorite summer hair care product?

My favorite summer hair care product is Heavenly Hydrating Masque, by Monat. It does double duty by
replenishing hair with hydration and needed moisturizing. Summer can rid hair of what it needs to stay
healthy, by way of sun, wind, salt, chlorine, and even air conditioning. Give your hair a nice tall drink of
water with this masque.

What advice would you give to people that spend a lot of time outside in the summer?


If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer, I would advise you to use high quality, naturally
based hair care. Look for products that offer UV protection, and if possible, wear a hat to protect the
scalp. Pretreat hair when going into salt or chlorinated water, and give lots of hydration to your hair
after exposure to the elements. Be sure to use the best products for your hair type. Take the hair care
quiz to find your perfect hair care match! https://hairquiz.monatglobal.com/bren

Brenda has been helping clients have “good hair days” for the past several years. If you’d like to ask her
questions about your hair needs, you can reach her at www.bren.mymonat.com.

If you found this interview helpful, please share.  If you have any additional hair care tips I would love to hear them, please leave a comment below.

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One thought on “How To Care for Sun Damaged hair

  1. Stephanie Eiler

    August 9, 2018 at 4:31pm

    These are such great tips! I think I forget sometimes that I need to treat my hair differently depending on what season it is. I love the idea of putting in a leave-in conditioner before swimming in a pool. I will be bookmarking this to refer back to later!

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:24pm

      You are welcome to reach out to me with any questions you may have! 😀 Bren, with Monat

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  2. pari

    August 9, 2018 at 5:03pm

    You are right as the temperatures rise, my hair becomes more brittle and falls off. I will try some of the tips you have suggested. Hope it stops the hair fall!

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:27pm

      Pair, last week we launched a new hydrating shampoo / conditioner set. Perfect for drying conditions! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. 😀 Bren, with Monat

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  3. Danielle Lavoie

    August 9, 2018 at 7:58pm

    I had honestly never thought about the damage the sun could be having on my hair. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I stopped blow-drying my hair over a year ago now because I found it to damaging. Totally going to be looking into those products to replenish 🙂

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:30pm

      Danielle, I understand! You should try our Blow Out Cream!!! It protects from the heat of the blow dryer and heat tools, leaves a beautiful shine to your hair, and cuts down on the time it takes for your hair to dry. Queue angels singing… 😀 It’s good stuff. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions! Bren, with Monat

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  4. Chantel Elizabeth

    August 9, 2018 at 8:28pm

    I so needed this! I have a very bad habit to care for my hair properly- it is just so damaged and dry since the hot weather came around 😅

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:33pm

      Hi Chantel! We just launched a brand new hydrating shampoo and conditioner set. It’s perfect for the drying conditions of summer, as well as the harsh conditions of winter. Check it out! Bren, with Monat

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  5. Sarah Fatima

    August 10, 2018 at 5:26am

    Really informative…! I had no clue that sun damages our hairs this much. I mostly use the washable conditioner but the leave-in conditioner is also a good idea. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:35pm

      Mix a little leave in with some water in a spray bottle. Spritz it on after a swim, and your hair will comb out so much easier! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions! Bren, with Monat

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  6. Mickey

    August 10, 2018 at 12:32pm

    I don’t usually have issues with sun damage but I have naturally curly hair that tends to dry out. I just try to avoid chemicals and keep my curls moist.

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    • Brenda Duncan

      August 10, 2018 at 5:38pm

      Yes to avoiding the chemicals! Monat had a long list of damaging chemicals we leave out. Instead, using nourishing ingredients from nature. We just launched a brand new hydrating shampoo and conditioner set that would be perfect for your drier curls! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. 😀 Bren, with Monat

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  7. Laboratorie

    July 19, 2019 at 6:01am

    Thanks for sharing this useful post !! This post is very informative and i have got very good information about hair care tips for sun damaged hair. keep sharing.

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