Sun Protection for Your Hair

UV Protection Hats for Women

You likely know by now that the sun’s UV rays damage your skin, but did you know that the sun also damages your hair? That’s right! The same harmful UV radiation that leads to sunburn takes a major toll on the health of your hair and scalp. Keep reading to learn how to protect your hair and stave off sun damage with UV protection hats for women and men, in addition to hair products formulated for sun protection.

How Does the Sun Damage Your Hair?

Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays leads to damaged cuticles, or the outside cover of each strand of hair. Too much sun exposure also damages the keratin protein in your hair, which is its key structural material. Additionally, using hair irons, straighteners and rollers, as well as spending time in swimming pools with chlorinated water, contributes to hair damage by weakening your hair’s natural defenses. Plus, if your hair is light-colored or fine, it’s especially susceptible to UV damage.

Not Wearing a UV Protection Hat? Check for Signs of Sun Damage to Your Hair

Sun damage looks different for each hair type, but common signs include dry or brittle strands, discoloration, split ends, frizziness or thinning. Ultimately, sun damaged hair is difficult to manage, and dries quickly. If your hair looks and feels dry, there’s a good chance it has suffered from sun damage. It doesn’t take long for healthy hair to succumb to the sun’s harmful UV rays, but fortunately there are ways to protect it. Speaking of which…

Woman Protecting Her Hair with a UV Hat

Protect Your Hair with UV Protection Hats

The simplest, most effective and least expensive method of hair protection is with UV protection hats for women and men. Hats rated with a UPF 50+ sun protection factor will block over 98% of UV rays (especially critical in exposed areas like beaches). This probably goes without saying, but keep in mind that UV protection hats only protect the hair secured within your hat. If your hair extends below the shade line of your sun hat’s brim (and putting your hair up is not an option), then you could consider hair products specifically formulated to shield your hair from UVA and UVB rays. These are available in liquid and spray formulas and protect your hair similar to how a broad spectrum sunscreen would protect your skin. To reduce the effects of chlorine or sea water on your hair, thoroughly rinse your hair with clean water as soon as you can.

How to Fix Sun Damaged Hair

For hair that has already been damaged, try repairative hair products, such as a conditioner appropriate for your specific hair type. While we’re experts on UPF apparel, we suggest speaking with your stylist or barber about which hair products are best for you. Fortunately, sun damage to your hair is usually not permanent. Going forward, take care of your hair by following a restorative hair regimen and protect yourself in the sun with our UV protection hats.

To shop our sun shirts and UV protection hats for men and women, shop Rayward Apparel today!

For an-always-useful refresher on the sun and your skin, check out this video:

Sources: Cleveland Clinic

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sun Protection

Sunny Pier for UPF Hats and Shirts

Proper sun protection is essential for making sure you enjoy your time outside. Otherwise, you risk ruining your day with skin damage and sunburn. With our UV-protective apparel and UPF hat styles, we try to keep sun safety simple. That being said, it’s still useful to know how sun damage happens to better understand sun protection. With that goal in mind, here are five things you may not know about sun protection:

1) Skin Damage Occurs Before Any Signs of Sunburn

If left unprotected, your skin can be damaged by as little as 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are ok as long as you don’t see the signs of a sunburn. Even tan and darker skins that don’t redden are still damaged on a cellular level. Likewise, don’t rest easy at the sight of a “mild” sunburn. Even a light burn is bad and indicates damage to your skin, which ultimately increases your risk of permanent skin damage or even skin cancer. Play it safe and wear a UPF hat and sun shirt even for short periods of sun exposure.

2) The UV Index Shows the Strength of UV Rays Each Day

The first thing you should do on any day you plan on being in the sun is check the day’s UV Index. This is basically a measure of the strength of the sun’s UV rays on a given day, based on solar noon (between 10 AM – 4 PM). The UV Index ranges from 0-12. The higher the UV Index, the higher your risk of skin damage, and the faster you could burn. A UV Index of 3-7, for instance, indicates a “Medium to High” risk. An Index of 8-12 represents a “Very High to Extreme” risk. The higher the UV Index, the more critical your UPF hat and shirt become.

To learn more about the UV Index, watch this short video:

3) Many Surfaces Reflect UV Radiation

Did you know that ultraviolet radiation doesn’t just come directly from the sun? In fact, damaging UV rays also reflect off nearby surfaces. By now, most people know that water, snow and ice reflect UV rays, but did you know that sand, cement and even grass reflect enough UV rays to cause skin damage? This makes your UPF hat, UV apparel and broad spectrum sunscreen an important combination. Together they’ll help shield you from both direct and indirect (reflected) UV radiation.

4) Sun Protection is Essential for Every Skin Type & Color

It’s true that people with fairer skin are at a higher risk of sunburn and skin damage, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is off the hook. While some people are more susceptible to sunburn, anyone can get skin damage, sunburn or skin cancer. Whether your skin is black, white, or any shade in between, you need to protect it from UV damage. Start by wearing a UPF 50+ clothing and a UPF hat, followed by sunscreen on any remaining areas of exposed skin.

Woman Needs a UPF Hat on the Beach

5) UPF 50+ Apparel Is the Surest Form of Sun Protection

Sunscreen is essential for sun safety, but UPF apparel is a better bet for sun protection. As great as they are, sunscreens still have several drawbacks. They need to be applied thoroughly, and this needs to be done 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Sunscreen also needs to be reapplied every 2 hours. Plus, and most confusing of all, sunscreen ingredient labels are hard to understand and it’s not clear what is safe for you or coral reefs. The surest sun protection comes from the simplest sun protection: UPF 50+ hats and shirts. UPF-rated apparel is always broad spectrum and doesn’t have any of sunscreen’s drawbacks mentioned above.

Now that you know even more about sun protection, we hope you’re feeling ready for “More Adventure & Less Exposure.” The next time you’re going to be in the sun, we recommend a UPF hat, sun shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen. To shop Rayward Apparel’s UV-protection clothing, visit our online store today.

Sources: World Health Organization; Skin Cancer Foundation

Sun Hats: Expectation vs Reality

Man with bucket hat and camera

Are you missing out on the benefits of sun hats because of an outdated set of expectations and misconceptions? For instance, we often hear that sun hats cost too much or are uncomfortable, bulky and not as good as sunscreen. Well, if you haven’t worn a sun hat before (or in a while), then it’s time to reconsider sun hats because a lot has changed. In addition to fabric and design improvements making sun hats safer and more comfortable, you now also have many more design options to match your personal style. All of this creates a disconnect between the expectation and reality of consumers and their sun hats, so let’s dig a little deeper to uncover what you should really expect from sun hats for men and women.

Cost of Sun Hats

  • Expectation: Sun hats cost too much.
  • Reality: In the long run, sun hats will save you money.

Sun hats will require a greater upfront investment (although many quality sun hats for men and women are available for less than $40, including one from Rayward Apparel), but they’ll save you money in the long run. How? We’re so glad you asked! Wearing a men’s or women’s sun hat will mean you need less sunscreen for your head, and it could also save you on costly medical visits to treat sun spots, skin damage and, worst of call, cancer.

Comfort and Sun Hats

  • Expectation: Sun hats are hot and uncomfortable.
  • Reality: New fabrics allow for lightweight, breathable sun hats.

The expectation of hot, heavy sun hats may have been true back in the olden days, but modern apparel fabrics have changed the game. It’s now possible to create lightweight hats that are still protective, yet breathable and moisture-wicking. Of course, not every sun hat is equally comfortable, which is why we prefer our sun hats for women and men over the typically heavier straw-style sun hats.

Convenience of Sun Hats

  • Expectation: Sun hats are too big and bulky.
  • Reality: Modern sun hats come in lightweight, packable and machine-washable styles.

If weight and size are a factor in choosing your sun hat, then consider that modern sun hats come in a variety of styles, including lightweight, easily packable fabrics with foldable brims. With Rayward Apparel’s bucket sun hats for men and women, you can even throw your hat in the washing machine for easy-care cleaning!

Sun Hat Styles for Women & Men

  • Expectation: All sun hats look like straw-style beach hats.
  • Reality: There are countless styles of sun hats.

In choosing a sun hat, you’ll discover countless styles of sun hats for women and men. Whether you prefer a bucket hat (our personal favorite), baseball-style headwear, wide-brimmed beach hats, Panama hats or something more formal, the good news is that you have plenty of options!

Sun Hat for Women's UV Protection

Effectiveness of Sun Hats

  • Expectation: Sun hats aren’t as effective as sunscreen.
  • Reality: Sunscreen is safer if worn WITH a sun hat.

As long as your sun hat features a UPF 50+ rating, which means over 98% of UV rays are blocked, then you can trust the protection of your hat. The real question, however, is how much of your head, face and neck is your hat protecting? A baseball hat, even one with a UPF rating, offers little to no protection for your ears and neck. A wide-brimmed hat, on the other hand, is much more likely to provide effective protection for your ears and face. Just remember to also wear sunscreen to block those pesky indirect UV rays that bounce upwards from reflective surfaces like water and sand.

This Harvard Health article does a nice job outlining proper sun protection, and goes so far as to say that you should “always wear appropriate protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved clothing, and pants when possible.” It’s easy to compare sunscreen and sun hats as an either or, but the reality is you should be wearing broad spectrum sunscreen AND sun hats for men and women.

Has your reluctance about wearing a sun hat ever led to a sunburn? If so, relax. If you’re currently sunburned, check the advice below for the best treatment of a sunburn. Next, consider if your sunburn could have been prevented by wearing one of our sun hats for women or men. Either way, learn what you need to do differently to avoid repeating this mistake:

Great news! There are plenty of sun hats to choose from, including brand new UPF 50+ bucket sun hats for men and women from Rayward Apparel (coming soon!).

Why You Need a Sun Hat AND Sunscreen

Sun Hat and Sunscreen for UV Protection at the Beach

Worn properly, and together, the combination of broad spectrum sunscreen and sun hats with UV protection creates an excellent barrier against UV damage. The key, of course, is wearing them together. If sun hats and sunscreen are great individually, they’re practically unbeatable when teamed up. They both have their strengths, and also their limitations, so let’s dig into why you need to wear BOTH for the best sun protection.

For Constant Protection Against Direct UV Rays…

It’s hard to beat a sun hat with UV protection. When made with lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, such as those from Rayward Apparel, sun hats comfortably and instantly shield against harmful UV rays. Here are but a few of the reasons our sun hats with UV protection are a must-have for sun safety:

  • UPF-rated sun hats are always broad spectrum.
  • Nothing’s easier than putting on a sun hat (and you never have to “reapply”)
  • UPF sun hats are instantly UV-protective; no need to wait 30 minutes.
  • Sun hats are odorless and don’t feel greasy or sticky.
  • Your hair is better protected with a sun hat.
  • The shade of a sun hat helps keep your head and body cool.

Given a sun hat’s advantages over sunscreen, especially in quickly protecting your scalp, it’s hard to imagine looking anywhere else as the first step in daily sun protection. This is especially true during the midday hours between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun’s UV rays are most intense. Therefore, whenever you head outside, wear your sun hat! But remember…

Don’t Forget About Indirect UV Rays

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for Your Face

Did you know that the sun’s harmful UV rays don’t only come from above? In fact, UV rays can reflect off many surfaces. Worse yet, these reflected UV rays, known as indirect UV radiation, are still strong enough to damage your skin. Therefore, even if you wear an extremely wide-brimmed hat, it’s nearly impossible to block the UV rays reflecting upwards at your face from reflective surfaces like water, sand, snow and ice. 

So, what do you do? Don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you to constantly cover your entire face with UPF fabrics, which isn’t always comfortable or convenient. The simple alternative is to wear your sun hat with UV protection, which takes care of the direct UV rays from above, while also applying broad spectrum sunscreen to your face, neck and all other areas that could be exposed to indirect sun damage. Easy enough, right?

There are a few key things to consider when using sunscreen in addition to your sun hats with UV protection:

  • Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • As with any sunscreen, remember to reapply every two hours, and more frequently if submerged in water or sweating.
  • If available, choose a water-resistant sunscreen (but still reapply every two hours).
  • Apply your sunscreen about 30 minutes before you’ll be out in the sun.

And there you have it:

Applying broad spectrum sunscreen = good.

Wearing sun hats with UV protection = better!

Wearing UPF sun hats AND sunscreen = BEST!!!

To shop Rayward Apparel’s collection of UPF apparel and sun hats with UV protection, visit our online store today!

For additional sun protection tips, check out this helpful skin cancer awareness guide from the CDC. Plus, for an illustration of how to apply sunscreen to your face, along with how it looks through UV cameras, check out this interesting video:

A New Way to Think About Sun Protection

Caribbean Beach for Sun Protection Hats

For many people, protection against UV damage starts and stops with sunscreen. This of course is both good and bad. It’s good if broad spectrum sunscreen is being used to prevent UV damage. It’s bad, however, if your sun protection plan relies exclusively (or even disproportionately) on sunscreens. If sunscreen isn’t enough by itself, what else should you rely on for your sun protection? The answer is simple and just requires a new way of thinking about sun protection. Keep reading to find out why UPF apparel, including men’s and women’s sun hats, should form the foundation of your sun protection.

Get Your Priorities Straight (and Wear a Sun Hat)

This isn’t a radical new approach to sun protection, but rather a realignment of how you prioritize the components of your sun protection. The most effective sun protection includes sunscreen, but uses it in support of more practical, cost-effective measures, such as UPF sun hats and UPF clothing. 

Here are some of the reasons your sun protection should start with UPF-rated UV clothing:

  • Sunscreen is expensive so UPF clothing and sun hats save you money in the long run.
  • UPF shirts and sun hats are always broad spectrum.
  • It’s easier to put on UV hats and sun shirts.
  • Sun apparel and hats are instantly UV-protective without the need to wait 30 minutes.
  • You don’t have to reapply UPF apparel and hats.
  • Unlike most sunscreens, UV clothing and sun hats don’t feel greasy or sticky.
  • UPF shirts and hats don’t have any odor.
  • UPF hats protect your hair better than sunscreen.
  • Sun-protective hats and shirts don’t contain reef-damaging ingredients.

The list goes on, but you get the idea. For all of the reasons mentioned above, Rayward Apparel creates lightweight UPF 50+ clothing. This is also why we’re launching our first men’s and women’s sun hats with UV protection. If you don’t already have UPF-rated sun clothing, or if you’re in need of something more comfortable, check out our store today!

Put On Your Imagination Caps (or Sun Hats)

For an illustration of how our UPF apparel could affect your sunscreen use, play out the following scenario. Imagine you’re protected with your sun hat and sun shirt. Now try to consider which areas of your skin could still be exposed. While doing this, keep in mind that UV radiation doesn’t just come from above. In fact, UV rays also reflect off certain surfaces, including water, sand, snow, ice and cement. Ok, how’s your sun protection?

If you’re wearing a long sleeve hooded UPF shirt, you’re probably only exposing your hands, neck and head. If you took our advice and are also wearing one of our women’s or men’s sun hats, then you are also helping protect your scalp, forehead and ears, and to a lesser extent your face and neck. Think about how much less sunscreen (and money) you’ll use to protect the rest of your body! Plus, you’ll save time for more fun with less time wasted rubbing on lotion.

Man That Needs a Sun Hat

Using this new way of thinking about sun protection, your planning starts with UPF sun clothing, including men’s and women’s sun hats. Now your sunscreen takes the role it always should have played: supporting UV-blocking fabrics which are more effective and less costly in the long run.

Rayward Apparel’s new men’s and women’s sun hats are coming soon, and make a great foundation for your new sun protection plans! Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when our UPF hats go on sale.

Bonus: Armed with your new mindset on sun protection, here’s something else to think about! Did you know that you can use the UV Index to find out which days present the highest risk for UV damage? Check out this short video to learn more about the UV Index:

When to Wear a Sun Hat

Sun Protection Hat for Women

Sun hats are a critical component of sun protection. When combined with UPF apparel and proper sunscreen application, you can virtually eliminate your exposure to UV damage. The key, however, is knowing when and how to protect yourself. Fortunately, when it comes to sun protection hats, the answer is simple: wear a sun hat as often as you can.

Not the answer you were looking for? Hear us out, and we’ll explain why you really should wear a sun protection hat all the time. Of course, we’re realistic and understand that you can’t always wear a hat. That being said, let’s identify when a sun protection hat is MOST important.

Most Important Day to Wear a Sun Hat

Before venturing out in the sun, be sure to check the Ultraviolet (UV) Index for the day. The UV Index measures the strength of the sun’s UV radiation on any particular day. UV Index values range from 0-12, with the higher number indicating a higher risk of UV damage. On days with a UV Index of 3-7, you have a “moderate to high” risk of UV damage and should wear a hat while also limiting your sun exposure, especially during midday hours. A UV Index of 8 or greater indicates a “very high to extreme” UV risk with the potential for skin damage in less than 15 minutes! In the U.S., many days fall within this highest risk range, and not only during the summer. Any time the UV Index is 8 or higher, sunscreen, UPF apparel and sun protection hats for women and men are essential.

To track the UV Index, we suggest bookmarking this site for easy access. You can also use the tool below to quickly lookup the UV index for a particular location. Try it now:

Most Important Time to Wear Your Sun Hat

The sun’s UV radiation varies throughout the day, with midday being the most intense. Depending on your location (and daylight savings), this midday “solar noon” window occurs between 10 AM and 4 PM. If you’re going to be outside for even 10 minutes during this window, it’s time to put hats on heads, in addition to broad spectrum sunscreen. During this midday period, the sun is at its strongest, and sun protection hats for men and women are non-negotiable. Choose one that’s lightweight and breathable and you’ll actually feel cooler, even when the day is hottest.

Sun Protection Hat for Golf

Most Important Activities for a Sun Protection Hat

The activities that most require sun protection hats for women and men are the activities that might require you to be outside on a day with a higher UV Index, or in the sun during the intense midday solar noon. Of course, this includes a huge range of activities, including sporting events, gardening, yardwork, fishing, running, concerts, festivals, barbecues, pool parties and so forth, but you get the idea.

It’s because this range of activities is so broad that Rayward Apparel is launching our first UPF sun protection hats for men and women. Made of UPF 50+ rated fabrics, our sun protection hats will keep you cool, comfortable and protected. Keep in mind that all sun protection hats must still be paired with broad spectrum sunscreen to ensure protection against indirect UV rays. Indirect sun damage can happen when the sun’s radiation bounces off of reflective surfaces, such as water, sand, cement, ice and snow.

Before you go, be sure to subscribe to Rayward Apparel’s newsletter to be notified about the launch of our new UPF sun protection hats for men and women.

Bonus: To learn more about the UV Index, check out this informative video:

Why Bucket Hats Are Back for Good

UV Bucket Hat for Hiking

If you’ve spent any time observing hat trends at the beach, the great outdoors, music festivals, sporting events or even just on the street, you’ve probably seen our beloved bucket hat making a comeback. This is great news for several reasons, not the least of which being that a UV bucket hat offers excellent sun protection. If you’re ready to join the bucket bandwagon, but are concerned about bucket hats falling out of fashion, we’re here to share a few reasons why we don’t see that happening anytime soon. So let’s face it, and embrace it: bucket hats are back for good!

A New Breed of Bucket Hat Fans

When you imagine a UV bucket hat, if you’re still picturing something big, yellow and made exclusively for fishermen, then it’s time to look again! From NFL stars and world-famous celebrities, to rising musicians and music festival veterans, everyone is getting in on the bucket hat revolution. So whether you consider yourself a weekend warrior, outdoor enthusiast or extreme adventure junky, or if you prefer to shrug off labels and just do “you,” then you’ll appreciate the benefits of UV bucket hats.

Style and Substance Working Together with UV Bucket Hats

There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing form, fit and function all coming together. With our UPF bucket hats, we took lightweight, sun-blocking fabrics and designed a UV bucket hat that adjusts to fit you via drawcord pulls. Gone are the seldom-used but always bulky zipper storage compartments, and good riddance to the over-hyped eyelets which do little to actually vent heat when the fabric itself is breathable. Of course, the real beauty in the melding of style and substance is in knowing that our UV bucket hat blocks over 98% of the sun’s UV rays.

Rayward Apparel's UV Bucket Hat

An Emphasis on Health and Wellness Means Bucket Hats Are Here to Stay

Never before has personal health and well-being been so prominent. Like most things, this brings with it both good and bad. First, the bad. The vast amount of research and information on healthy living sometimes makes it seem more difficult to know what’s actually healthy. Everyone is a self-appointed expert, and every minute brings new advice about what constitutes healthy living. Worse yet, we’ll hear that what was healthy last year is no longer as good as we thought! Case in point, look at sunscreen and the confusion surrounding what is and isn’t good for you and/or coral reefs. 

While there is a lot of noise in the world of health and wellness, we believe the need is real and the intention is right. The good news, then? Sometimes being healthy is actually simple. Take our UV bucket hat, for instance. It’s part of an obvious solution to a major problem that is skin cancer. Where baseball hats and porous straw hats allow UV rays to reach your scalp, ears, face and neck, a UPF-rated bucket hat actually shields you from the sun. Given the choice between A) suffering UV damage, B) staying inside or C) wearing a UV bucket hat, the answer is clear. It’s time you prioritize your own health and wellness by protecting your head with a UV bucket hat that fits your lifestyle.

Remember, Bucket Hats are One Part of Sun Safety

It’s still essential that you follow sun safety guidelines and pair your UV bucket hat with broad spectrum sunscreen lotion for your face and neck. As UV protective as bucket hats are, they can still leave your lower face and neck exposed, so don’t take any chances. Of course, mistakes happen. If you find yourself suffering from an accidental sunburn, here are a few ways to relieve the pain and discomfort of too much UV exposure:

If you’re like us and reveling in the resurgence of bucket hats, then we hope you’ll also join us in celebrating Rayward Apparel’s first UPF bucket hat (coming soon!!!). To be the first to know when our UV bucket hat is available for sale, subscribe to our e-newsletter today.

Why We Love Our Bucket Hats (And Why You Should Too)

Rayward Apparel's UV Bucket Hat

Call us biased, but we absolutely love our UPF bucket hat! It’s comfortable, lightweight and looks great, plus it provides UPF 50+ sun protection! Of course, it makes sense for us to love our new bucket sun hat—we designed it, after all. What might be of more interest to you, however, is hearing why YOU should love it too! Keep reading to find out what makes our UPF bucket hats so special.

Like every product from Rayward Apparel, our UPF bucket hats had to first meet our own needs, satisfying our team’s particularly high standards in terms of form, fit and function. You’ll see more on the importance of each of these below, along with evidence for how our UPF bucket hat nails it.

Form: UPF Bucket Hats with Style

We know you’ve seen them; bucket hats with tacky patterns, oversized brims, pointless eyelets and gimmicky features that serve the marketing, not the user. For Rayward Apparel’s UPF bucket hat, we started from scratch, asking what does a sun protection hat need? Well, it needs to be lightweight to keep you comfortable. Check. It needs to be moisture-wicking to keep you dry. Check! It needs to be made of a machine-washable fabric. Check! It needs to be packable so you always have it on hand, it needs a timeless look that won’t suffer the fate of trendy misfires, and it needs to last so you can wear it every day. Check, check, check!

Wear Your UPF Bucket Hat Under a Sunny Sky with Clouds

Fit: Our UPF Bucket Hat Adjusts to You

Let’s be honest, one size never fits all. With that in mind, we knew our UPF bucket hat needed to be adjustable. We love the fact that you have TWO ways to adjust the fit of our UPF bucket hat. The first is with a drawcord on the back that tightens the circumference for a perfect fit around the head. The second is with the adjustable chin strap that can be tightened to keep your bucket hat exactly where it belongs.

Function: UPF 50+ UV Protection, First and Foremost

From day one of designing Rayward Apparel’s UPF bucket hat, we knew it had to be UPF 50+. This is the highest possible UV protection rating for fabrics, and we weren’t going to settle for anything less. We also love that our hat maintains its UPF 50+ rating even when wet, so sweat and water won’t prevent you from getting the sun protection you need. Plus, with our UPF bucket hat’s not-too-big, and not-too-small, 360-degree brim, you’re protected on all sides. Lastly, we love that you can (and should) wear this hat all year, and for a wide range of activities. What makes this hat work in the garden, also helps it work for fishing. Likewise, for the reasons it works at the beach, it also works at a sporting event. In short, we love our UPF bucket hat, and we can’t wait for you to fall in love too!

Rayward Apparel’s new UPF bucket hat will be on sale soon! Subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to know when our UPF 50+ sun hats are available.

Bonus: Our UPF apparel is just one part of smart sun safety. Still think you don’t need to protect your face with a UPF hat and broad spectrum sunscreen? Check out this video to see your skin the way the sun sees it:

Bucket Hat or Baseball Cap for Sun Protection?

UPF Bucket Hat in Black

We are often asked whether bucket hats or baseball hats offer better UV protection from the sun. While both offer sun protection, we recommend a UPF bucket instead of a baseball cap for a few reasons. Continue below as we compare the advantages of bucket hats and baseball hats. We’ll look specifically at style, comfort, convenience and UV protection. By the end, we’re confident you’ll agree that the UV protection of sun protection bucket hats just can’t be beat!

Runway Face-off: Sun Protection Bucket Hats vs Baseball Hats

Much of style is subjective, but we’ll highlight a few key differences and let you draw your own conclusion. Bucket hats feature a 360-degree brim, which turned upside down gives them a bucket shape, hence the name. Baseball hats, meanwhile, feature a single visor extending out in one direction. Both come in fitted or adjustable varieties, with bucket hats usually accomplishing this with a more discrete rear drawcord. Both types of hats actually come in a number of sub-styles and materials. When buying a hat for sun protection, look for styles that feature as few holes and mesh as possible. This is because every hole creates a way for UV rays to reach your head.

Rest assured that neither hat type is likely to ever go out of style. If either is trending, however, it’s bucket hats making a resurgence as part of the athleisure and outdoorsy fashion movements.

Which Is More Comfortable, a Bucket Hat or Baseball Cap?

The individual comfort of a bucket hat or baseball hat depends largely upon the specific fabric. Baseball hats typically feature a stiff visor, which might be less comfortable against your head. This would be especially uncomfortable when pressed against another surface, such as a car headrest or beach blanket. As far as fit, both style hats come in fitted and adjustable varieties, as mentioned above. Ultimately, the main comfort differences will be determined by the material used. At Rayward Apparel, we only use lightweight, outdoor-friendly fabrics to keep you cool even on the hottest of days. As a result, you know you’ll be comfortable in our sun protection bucket hat.

Baseball Hat Exposes Ears to the Sun

A Matter of Convenience: Sun Protection Hats

We would never describe baseball hats as “inconvenient,” but there are certain conveniences afforded specifically to lightweight UV bucket hats. For instance, the soft and shapeable brim of a bucket hat is easier to wash and pack. With baseball hats, you have to worry about protecting the shape of your visor. Additionally, bucket hats are typically made with breathable, moisture-wicking materials. This is opposed to the plastics and foams sometimes used in ball caps. Lastly, any bucket hat worth its weight (light as it may be) will also feature an adjustable neck strap to keep your hat securely in place. Consider how inconvenient it would be for your sun protection to blow away because it wasn’t properly secured. If this sounds far-fetched, just watch this video below:

The Main Event: Which Offers Better Sun Protection?

If the other categories are close (and subject to personal preference), this is where our undisputed sun protection champion emerges. In terms of sun protection, a bucket hat is far better than a baseball hat. Since bucket hats feature a 360-degree brim, the wider of which the better, bucket hats offer protection for all sides of your head. Most critically, this includes UV protection for your ears, which are probably the biggest vulnerability exposed by only wearing baseball caps.

Wearing either a sun protection bucket hat or a baseball cap is better than wearing no hat. However, based on its especially strong performance in the categories of comfort and, most importantly, UV protection, the UPF bucket hat is our winner for best sun protection hat. If for some reason a bucket hat isn’t for you, or circumstances find you without one, at least wear a baseball hat. If that be the case, just make sure you pair your baseball hat with our UPF 50+ hooded shirt to protect your ears and neck. Alternatively, you could lather on a bunch of sunscreen, but sunscreen has its own downsides and will probably cost you more money in the long run.

Rayward Apparel will soon launch its first sun protection hat, and it should come as no surprise that UV protection was our highest priority. With that in mind, we created the best sun protection bucket hat which, like everything else we design, doesn’t compromise style, comfort or performance to achieve the best in UV protection.

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Best Sun Hat for the Beach

Beach sunset in California

What’s a beach day without some pleasant sunshine? To make sure you’re enjoying that sun, and not feeling its wrath, be sure to protect yourself with a UPF beach hat. With so many options to choose from, how do you find the best sun hat for the beach? The answer is simple: trust UPF 50+ bucket sun hats from Rayward Apparel. Keep reading to find out why our bucket sun hat is your best sun hat for the beach!

Bucket Sun Hats Keep You Cool

The busiest beach seasons are when the weather is warmest, so it’s important that your beach hat keeps you cool. The lightweight, breathable fabric of Rayward Apparel’s bucket sun hat actually helps your body stay cool. By blocking the sun’s UV radiation, a bucket beach hat helps your body maintain a safe core temperature. Plus, since our hat’s fabric maintains its UPF 50+ rating even when wet, you can soak your bucket sun hat in cool water for instant relief, or even wear it out into the waves!

Practical Style = A Practically Perfect Beach Hat

Rayward Apparel’s UPF beach hats are practically perfect in every way (Mary Poppins would be proud!), combining beach-going performance with practical features. For instance, the adjustable chin strap ensures a secure fit even under high beach winds. And if you take the boat out, you won’t lose your bucket sun hat in the wake! You can also adjust our favorite beach hat’s width using the discrete drawcord located on the back. This provides as snug a fit as you’d like with a circumference fit for you! What’s more, the entire hat is safely machine-washable, so you can easily wash off that ocean smell, sea salt and beach sand. When you’re done, just wring it out and put it back on or fold it up for compact, easy transport!

Walking on Beach without UPF Hat

All-day UV Protection with a Bucket Sun Hat

A good beach day is full of fun in the sun, but that comes at a cost of hours of exposure to damaging UV rays. The first step for any successful beach trip is planning for sun protection. Rather than hiding in the miserly shade of a few palm trees, or constantly shifting to stay beneath an umbrella’s moving shade, why not wear your shade? A bucket sun hat provides just that—wearable shade that you never have to chase!

The large, shapeable brim provides 360-degrees of protection from the sun. This means our bucket sun hat provides more protection than a baseball hat, which exposes your ears to the sun. Plus, with your brim angled properly, your bucket sun hat will help protect your nose, mouth and neck. Even still, protect against indirect UV rays reflecting off sand and water, and remember to watch your shadow. When in doubt, use this quick shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, then the sun’s UV rays are strongest. This is the most critical time to have your hat on. Fortunately, this is also when your bucket beach hat protects your face and neck the most.

For your next beach trip, we can’t guarantee good weather, cool breezes and that perfect spot in the sand, but we can guarantee the UV protection of our UPF 50+ bucket sun hat. Just remember, UPF hats and apparel should still always be worn with broad spectrum sunscreen because it’s nearly impossible to protect every part of your body with clothing alone. Nevertheless, for areas that can be protected with UPF fabrics, like your head, arms and torso, choose UPF 50+ rated protection from Rayward Apparel.

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