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Do I Need A Special Shampoo and Conditioner For the Beach?

Posted Jun 09 2009 11:36pm

Bubbles asks… I always buy a sun care specific shampoo and conditioner for times like now that I’m going to the beach regularly, but I wonder if it’s really worth doing this, are sun care hair products (like shampoos and conditioners) really different from the regular ones?

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The Right Brain Bubbles Back:
We discussed how sunscreens work on hair i n a previous post, but for those of you who missed it here’s the short version :

UV rays from the sun can damage hair and fade its color but shampoos and conditioners can’t do much to stop it. That’s because of two reasons: 1) most sunscreens rinse out of hair and 2) even if the sunscreen sticks to your hair and doesn’t rinse out, it’s very hard to cover all the surface area on a typical head of hair. Shampoos and conditioners that claim to protect your hair from the sun really aren’t any different than regular products.

Now that doesn’t mean shampoos and conditioners don’t do anything at all - you still need them to take good care of your hair before and after sun damage. A good conditioner can soothe sun-stressed hair. It’s just that they can’t really do much to prevent the sun’s rays from reaching your hair in the first place. That’s marketing hype.

The Beauty Brain’s Bottom Line:
We’ve never seen a shampoo or conditioner that can REALLY protect hair from UV damage. Leave in conditioners are more effective than nothing, but you’re better off wearing a hat or staying out of the sun altogether.

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