The bright bottle of Sun In that we’re all familiar with in the summer months is known for bringing color and brightness back to darkened hair. A couple of spritzes in your locks paired with a few hours under the hot sun, and you’re sure to be seeing brighter tones across your strands. But what’s inside the bottle? And is it bad for your hair?
Sun In is known to cause hair damage because of the chemicals inside their formula. If used in moderation, it won’t destroy your locks. But overall, it’s not the safest product to apply on your scalp.
Why do people use Sun In then? And are there any benefits to its use?
What is Sun In?
Sun In is a drug store product that acts as an alternative to box dye highlights or professional stylist dye jobs. Once applied to your locks, it’s activated by heat, which means it works with a blow drier or natural sunlight. The chemicals in the formula are what activate your hair follicles to adjust their color. Quickly, it attaches to your strands and leaves you with a sun-kissed glow. Blondes swear by the product, but after a few uses, brunettes may enjoy the color that it transitions their shade to.
Overall, it’s an inexpensive subsitute for achieving a beachy blonde look without spending heaps of dollars on a trip to the salon. While the chemicals may not be ideal for healthy hair, neither is the bleach that stylists use to brighten up hair in their booth.
How To Use It
You need only purchase a bottle of the magical spray in order to start the lightening process. Simply apply a few spritzes of the formula to wherever you may want to see brighter colors in your hair before sitting out in the sun or turning on your blow drier to activate the lightning. For the best results, it’s recommended that you apply the product to damp hair. Rather than hopping out of the shower and immediately drenching your hair with the product, wait a little while for your hair to dry before introducing your hair to Sun In.
Because of the chemicals in the bottle, you’ll want to avoid getting any Sun In on your skin or face. While it won’t do any intense harm, you may experience some uncomfortableness or itchy patches that have been in contact with the product. As a rule of thumb, the best bet is to apply carefully and directly to the hair. If opting for the sunshine method, grab your sunscreen and hit the outdoors for a day of hair soaking. Or rather if it’s a cloudy day, achieve the same desired results with your everyday hair drier. Be sure to blow dry until hair is completely free of moisture.
As always, use with caution. The products mix of hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice quicken the rate that hair bleaches. Because this is an at-home product, its difficult to control the level of color you wish to achieve. Once the product is applied, it can be washed out, but afterward, the results are permanent.
If you find your hair to be drier than usual after use, try adding in a conditioning treatment or oil serum for an added boost. Your hair may need the extra help after it’s been stripped of some natural nourishment. Especially if you’re committed to regular use, you absolutely need to rejuvenate. Find a hair moisturizing product that you love and pair the two together for regular use. You’ll find your hair to be softer than if you opted against any added moisture. This may be affected by the climate you reside in. Humidity and dryness of the outdoors should be a factor considered when choosing to use Sun In.
Is it Permanent?
To be frank, yes. Depending on the amount of Sun In you use on your hair, you could see long-lasting lighter results. In some instances of direct sunlight, it may only take one or two hours for your hair to begin to change shade. If you’re a brunette, beware that your hair may take on a shade of tinted orange as you transition to blonde. The bleaching process takes time to maintain a blonde tone. Brunettes are warned to use the product in moderation. It slowly strips away your color, and if you have undertones of red, that color may be brought further to light.
Do not expect intense results right away. At most, Sun In will lighten up your hair by about one shade. After several uses, you will see a more dramatic look. After all, Sun In is a lightening treatment. It acts quickly to alter the follicles of your hair. If you don’t enjoy the results of Sun In, you can always opt for adding color back into your hair through a salon or box dye kit. It’s important to know the risks of using Sun In before you commit to a spritz at the beach.
Sun In isn’t the greatest product you could be using on your hair, but it’s far less harmful than others. If gaining a brighter color is your goal, it might be worth the risk of the chemicals which are in Sun In. Beware though, it is a form of bleaching which is a permanent alteration.
For the safest results, consumers should space out their treatments to avoid over damaging their hair. Give your locks a break of at least two days before applying a second coat of product. This will help prevent further breakage and drying as you work to achieve that sun-kissed glow.