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brok3nwings
March 15th, 2009, 09:10 AM
I have a question:
the heat is really starting to come here in Lisbon, its already time to go the beach (although i havent yet) the weather is dry too. I want to wear my hair up and down cause i really want to have some natural highlights (although i do have some tint in my hair) do you think that giving a lot of moisture is it possible to do it without huge damage? Or the only way of avoiding hot weather damage is to put it up? (in the same day i usually use it the both ways)... im a dark blonde and i love my hair colour when it starts to get lighter because of the sun...
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MsBubbles
March 15th, 2009, 01:12 PM
No replies yet so I guess I'll jump in...not that I'm any authority on this! It's my understanding that you can't lighten your hair without damaging or stripping the pigment out somehow, which risks damage sooner or later (around BSL for me).

I read somewhere that somebody put sunscreen on their hair (?!) but I'm sure it had to be some kind of gentle product. I wouldn't dream of putting my sunblock in my hair or on my scalp.

Wearing it up would help shield the bits that are covered up of course, but then if you've got the canopy exposed it's obviously going to get lighter (damaged) faster. I'd say if you're very deliberate about your hair-sun exposure you can probably get good results. But that would include either staying inside/in the shade or wearing hats when you wanted to avoid further damage.

I tend to underestimate the power of the Georgia sun on my apparently porous hair, and end up frying my canopy each year while watching my kids' ball games :o

I'd be interested in any suggestions, too...

LutraLutra
March 15th, 2009, 01:24 PM
A few years ago I tried this (http://www.hqhair.com/code/products.asp?PageID=101&SectionID=178&FeaturedProduct=1789&pID=1) and it worked (for me) really well. There are quite a few sunscreens for hair around now.

Katze
March 15th, 2009, 02:11 PM
I read somewhere that somebody put sunscreen on their hair (?!) but I'm sure it had to be some kind of gentle product. I wouldn't dream of putting my sunblock in my hair or on my scalp.

Wearing it up would help shield the bits that are covered up of course, but then if you've got the canopy exposed it's obviously going to get lighter (damaged) faster. I'd say if you're very deliberate about your hair-sun exposure you can probably get good results. But that would include either staying inside/in the shade or wearing hats when you wanted to avoid further damage.

I tend to underestimate the power of the Georgia sun on my apparently porous hair, and end up frying my canopy each year while watching my kids' ball games :o

I'd be interested in any suggestions, too...

I think sun is one of the least harmful ways to lighten your hair, but we have very little sun here, maybe 2-3 weeks of warm weather a year without rain, so I can safely let my hair get sun-highlighted.

Sunscreen on the scalp is more for scalp skin. I used to do this when I was younger and blonder and my scalp would burn (I lived in California at the time).

I think the ony way to prevent real 'frying' if there is a lot of sun where you are is to cover your head. You are also protecting your skin that way, something I wish I had done when I was younger...

Omens
March 15th, 2009, 04:22 PM
I think sun is one of the least harmful ways to lighten your hair, but we have very little sun here, maybe 2-3 weeks of warm weather a year without rain, so I can safely let my hair get sun-highlighted.

Sunscreen on the scalp is more for scalp skin. I used to do this when I was younger and blonder and my scalp would burn (I lived in California at the time).

I think the ony way to prevent real 'frying' if there is a lot of sun where you are is to cover your head. You are also protecting your skin that way, something I wish I had done when I was younger...

I agree with Katze. I'm sure it's a lot better to highlight your hair using the sun than say, bleaching/dyeing in artificial highlights.

I would say too though, if it damages your skin it is going to probably have at least some negative impact on your hair. But if you're like me and can dip it in acid and still have shiny locks...well...it probably won't do much.

I know people who work in the sun constantly and have no problem growing to waist length (one is a redhead with very fine hair whose ends have been lightened so much they are nearly blonde). I think it really depends on the strength of your hair, genetics, basically.

Just don't go overboard or anything. Maybe get a little sun then cover it up after you achieve close to the desired result. Anyway, I'm no expert, I'm just telling you what I've seen. Always be cautious. ;)

plainjanegirl
March 15th, 2009, 04:56 PM
I am wanting the sun to lighten my hair this summer too. I even found some online info about how you can lighten your hair with a diluted acv and water mixture sprayed on your hair before going outside, bu I have not tried this yet.

AmandaPanda
March 15th, 2009, 05:54 PM
I've read posts about honey lightening hair gradually.

Here is some info on protecting hair from the sun:

http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip027.htm

http://billylowe.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunscreen-for-hair.html

Rohele
March 16th, 2009, 10:50 AM
I just wanted to add to the other replies that if you have coloured/highlighted your hair, the sun has the potential to damage it more.

I totally fried my hair last summer while watching my sons soccer games - I got worse damage from the sun than anything else I have ever done to my hair (I was dyeing, blowdrying and flat ironing my hair). The sun on top of this however, seemed to be the last straw - the last two inches of my hair are now unsalvageable. I had in the past been able to go out into the sun and get nice highlights with little damage so the hair frying in the sun incident took me by surprise.

If you are looking for some sort of sunsceen for your hair, there are many hair serums that offer UV protection (if you don't mind using cones).