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What you need to know about hair extensions + sunscreen

You've invested time & money into those beautiful extensions, the last thing you want is for them to start turning different colors because of the sunscreen you use!

How does your sunscreen affect your hair extensions?

Some sunscreen has a tendency to stain and discolor your hair. Dyed blondes and blonde extensions are most susceptible to turning pink or orange in blotches at the end of the hair where it touches the sunscreen on your body.

This happens because the chemicals in sunscreen cause a chemical reaction when the sunscreen is absorbed into the hair and exposed to UV light. It then causes the cells to break down and attempt to form new cell structures. The result is a discoloration when your hair is rinsed and mixed with particles and minerals in water (iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, etc.) that cause a reaction to the new cell breakdown.

Science... isn't it mind-blowing?!?

This reaction can also affect darker hair, but may not be quite as noticeable because any type of blonde hair has been much more processed than darker colors.

What can you do to prevent this?

Use mineral based sunscreens. The best options are the rub on mineral lotions because the sprays can easily get into your hair, so take the time to get your hair up and out of the way when applying your mineral sunscreen.

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