Paul Mitchell Sun Review: Protecting My Pretty Self From the Sun

New for the summer season, Paul Mitchell Sun is meant to protect your hair from the harsh UVA and UVB rays of the sun. If you’ve ever spent a lot of time in the bright yellow wash of heat and sun, then you know how much it can dry out your locks, making them ultra crunchy.

I was excited to try the line when I first got it, but had weeks of dreary weather. It was not a nice spring in Montana. Gloomy times a million.

Finally, finally, the weather got nice in the last two weeks, and I finally got to use Paul Mitchell Sun the way it was intended, which is good timing since it will only be available through August anyway.

I got to try two products from the Paul Mitchell Sun line:

  • Sun Recovery Hydrating Shampoo
  • Sun Shield Conditioning Spray

Sun Recovery Hydrating Shampoo

I often come across shampoos that say they’re hydrating, but don’t really live up to that promise. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with this one.

When I lathered it up and rinsed, my hair felt as soft as it would have if I’d just used conditioner. But I hadn’t! I was really impressed with that.

I was also impressed with the scent of this shampoo. It smells like passion fruit and is deliciously tropical.

Did it protect my hair from the sun, though? That’s the bigger question. While the hydrating aspects would indeed repair my hair after already getting fried, I couldn’t tell if it was preventing anything. That’s a lot harder to test, though I can say that my hair didn’t feel super fried after long days out in the sun and 90-degree weather. Perhaps it was working!

For these reasons, I give the Sun Recovery Hydrating Shampoo a…


You can pick this up in professional salons for $16.99 suggested retail price.

Sun Shield Conditioning Spray

Unlike the hydrating shampoo, I didn’t feel that the conditioning spray lived up to its name as much. My hair didn’t feel noticeably conditioned after using it.

Perhaps that’s because alcohol is one of the main ingredients in this spray (as SD Alcohol 40B), and alcohol is notoriously drying. It’s normal to find this ingredient in a hair spray that’s meant to freeze your hair in place, but not a conditioning spray.

The scent also wasn’t as good. It had the passion fruit scent, but also smelled like the alcohol at its base, making it not so yummy.

Just like with the shampoo, it was hard to tell if it was helping my hair. But, like with the shampoo, my hair didn’t turn into a fried mess while using it. It’s hard to tell if that’s because of the product, but it’s definitely a good sign.

For these reasons, I give the Sun Shield Conditioning Spray a…


You can pick this up in professional salons for $17.99 suggested retail price.

I hope you’re getting some awesome weather where you are!


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