With my wedding coming up in October, I've diligently been growing out my hair for about a year now. This means I've had to find extra protection from damaging hair tools and processes to avoid split ends (the enemy) and hair cuts. Preventing split ends has really become a fun challenge for me.
There's always a battle happening when it comes to my hair. Warmer weather has started in Phoenix, which means the sun can cause a lot of damage in a few hours out on the golf course. Do I choose having healthy hair or spending a few hours doing something I love? Well. why not both?
I've recently come across a few products that I absolutely love for protecting my hair from sun damage. Two, I received in my Birchbox the last two months and one I found at Ulta. Here are my thoughts.
When this came in the mail, I was a little ecstatic. I needed something that could protect my hair on days when I wasn't going to be inside all day, but could add little extra protection for styling and daily errands.
Protection: I'd rate this a 3 out of 5. It's great for after you wash your hair. It's a great leave-in, but you really wouldn't want to apply it more than once between hair washes.
Smell: It's not the best smelling product, but it does have a fresh floral scent. Be prepared for a strong smell right away and then for it to fade after a long day.
Ease of Use: It's fairly simple to use. The product recommendations are to use it directly after shampooing, but I would use a conditioner and rinse well before spraying this throughout your hair. The nozzle on this is actually great and distributes really easily compared to other products.
Get it here.
This is tied for my favorite UV protection product of the moment! Here's why:
Protection: I love the way this product makes my hair feel. It's silky smooth and provides a great barrier to heat styling. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 for overall protection. It also acts as a detangler, which if you have long hair, then you know the struggles.
Smell: Bingo! This one is a winner for me. It smells like cotton candy and leaves your hair smelling fantastic all day, even through your next wash.
Ease of Use: It's perfect for daily use. It has a great nozzle that sprays evenly over hair, but to avoid concentrating on one spot I like to rub it in my hands and spread throughout.
Get it here.
Another great product and tied for my favorite UV protectant, this spray is perfect for just before heading out to the golf course. In fact, I only use it for days that I know I'll be directly in the sun as it's a little pricey and difficult to find.
Protection: 4 out of 5 for the protection. It's a little greasy, so use sparingly if you don't want your hair to look too shiny. For a day out golfing, I don't mind the extra shine and the extra protection.
Smell: This has a wonderful tropical smell. When you're outdoors all day, there's little that will last, so for me the smell isn't as important on this one.
Ease of Use: Simple to use. Just spray evenly throughout your hair at about 10 inches away from your head then brush through with a comb or your fingers.
I found this in the sale section at Ulta recently, but now I've only been able to find it online on Amazon.