Sunscreen + Swimming + Extensions 101:

Sunscreen + Swimming + Extensions 101:

Taking care of your hair extensions in the sun shouldn’t be scary. Just follow our easy tips to keep your luscious locks looking as beautiful as you!

Pool ~ Ocean Time Fun

It is important to remember that Chlorine is harsh on your natural hair and even more so on your extensions. When swimming in the pool or ocean, we recommend wetting your hair prior to swimming and putting it into a ponytail.  You may also apply a leave-in conditioner mid to ends for and added layer of protection. When done swimming (especially in chlorine) immediately wash your hair. If you’re swimming often or for extended periods of time a swimmer’s shampoo can also be beneficial, this is especially true for

Sunscreen Do’s and Don’ts

Some sunscreens have ingredients in them that cause Hair Extensions to turn orange and brassy looking. The following have been found to be the worst at causing this unpleasant discoloration:

Avobenzone (Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) which is an oil-soluble ingredient used in sunscreen products to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays.

Octocrylene, which is added as a stabilizer as the Avobenzone degrades in light. Together they are found in differing quantities in sun protections.

Sunscreens that you want to use will be mineral based and not have the above ingredients. A few safe choices are:

  • Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
  • Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Coola Mineral Body Organic Sunscreen


We understand life happens, so if you are experiencing this chemical reaction with your extensions here is what you need to do next:

Disclaimer: This process is recommended to be done by a Certified Salon Professional.

  1. Create a paste of baking soda and clarifying shampoo and shampoo the extensions 1 to 3 times.
  2. Apply Malibu CPR to the extensions and process under heat according to the instructions on the back.
  3. If any orange tones remain after the max processing time of 45 minutes, you can wash with a blue shampoo or do another round of Malibu CPR.
  4. Your extensions will be dry after this process, condition the ends with a moisturizing mask, and blow-dry with a good leave in conditioner.

Happy swimming, sunning, and stunning!