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Sunshine and Hair Extensions (sunscreen use with hair extensions)

Anytime of year where you are exposed to long periods of direct sun exposure or in need of wearing sunscreen, this one's for you!

zoomed in photo of a woman's hands with gold and crystal rings on her fingers.
Photo by Brooke Cagle

The past couple of years, I have been reading other stylist experiences on sunscreen use with hair extensions causing their extension hair to turn pink or orange. It's happening so often, even my distributors and manufacturers are sending notice with my bundle orders. A little research turned up a chemical called Avobenzone or Oxybenzone. Just to be safe, don't let your hair extensions touch your sunscreen. Pull it up, cover it and use a heat protectant spray, even in your part line.


Something about my clients and boats this year, has me feeling you guys are getting more than the average amount of sun so taking precaution with your hair and skin is a must.


Woman at the helm wearing a blue button down blouse with cuffed sleeves, tied at the waist and bikini bottoms. Mountains show behind her in the distance just passed a body of water.
Photo by Luke Bender

There's no definitive answer for how to fix this discoloration, I have used Malibu C Hard Water Wellness for my blonde extensions, but haven't had to tackle sunscreen removal... yet. More on that when the time comes.


There are other alternatives, and I know it's nearing the end of summer, but take them out. Give your scalp and your wallet a break in the summertime. You look so carefree with your baseball hats and Barbie inspired sweat bands.


Those of you that are scoffing at taking a break, I hear you. I do keep up with several low cost, good quality manufacturers in order to swap out old extensions with new every 6-8 months or as needed. I think I speak for the entire industry when I say, chemical contact will alter every extension brand on the market. That includes the water/shampoo you cleanse with, the hairsprays you style with and the oils (always clear). Not to mention the heat damage from tools or unprotected hair in the summer rays. We are just here to educate you on your best options.


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