Why Does Sunscreen Turn Your Extensions Pink/Orange?

Summer is (almost) officially here and we are prepping you on why it is SO important to pay close attention to what kind of sunscreen you are using as it can severely discolor your gorgeous extensions!

What’s in the sunscreen that causes discoloration?

There are two main ingredients found in sunscreen that you should avoid.

The first one is called Avebenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane), which is an oil-soluble ingredient used in sunscreen products to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays.

The second ingredient is called Octocrylene, which is added as a stabiliser as the Avebenzone degrades in light. Together they are found in differing quantities in sun protections.

So, how does it happen?

Essentially the color change is a result of a chemical reaction. When the sunscreen is absorbed into the hair and exposed to the UV light, it causes the cells to break down in a process known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).

The cells break down & seek out electron particles to form a new cell structure. When the hair is rinsed in water, from showers and pools, then the electron particles in the minerals in the water such as Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Calcium and Silica, attach to the hair cells creating a reaction.

What sunscreen should I use?

We recommend using a mineral, rub-on sunscreens such as Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion, or Coola Mineral Body Organic Sunscreen

Our goal to ensure you have the gorgeous hot girl summer hair you have been dreaming about & protecting your extensions will make sure that happens!

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