6 Products to Protect Your Hair From the Sun This Summer

You locks need SPF too

6 Products to Protect Your Hair From the Sun This Summer


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You know how important sunscreen is for your skin, but guess what? Protecting your hair from the sun is just as important too. We get it. Adding another step to your beauty routine might make you groan, however the sun and its UVA/UVB rays can seriously mess with your tresses by drying them out, leaving them brittle and lifeless. Couple that with chlorine and salt water, and your hair suffers major damage throughout the warmer months.

Of course you want gorgeous locks no matter what the temperature is, so here are six hair products to keep your hair smooth and shiny all summer long.


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1. Go Sulfate-Free

You should consider sudsing up your hair with sulfate-free shampoo throughout the summer months. Sulfate-free formulas, like Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo, don’t contain harsh color-stripping detergents that are found in other shampoos. Instead it helps to restore your hair’s balance by leaving it moisturized and shiny. Available at Amazon.com, $11 (pack of 2).


2. Protect Your Locks While Styling

As much as you say you’ll air dry your mane during the summer, chances are you’ll still want to use your blow dyer and/or straightener because humidity is also the worst. So you’ll definitely want to ensure double protection for your hair by using a heat-styling spray like Kenra Professional’s Thermal Styling Spray. Available at Ultra, $15.


3. Wear a Sun Veil

After you’ve washed and styled your hair, consider using Aveda’s Sun Care Veil Protection, a lightweight, UV-resistant mist spray that forms an invisible screen to protect your hair from the sun’s drying rays. The best part? It’s perf for all hair types. Available at Aveda, $29.


4. Wear SPF for Your Strands

Don’t forget that the sun can seriously damage your perf dye job. Whether you’re running errands, playing soccer outside or at the beach, you def need to protect your hair from the sun’s harmful rays. Which is why a leave-in conditioner spray like Sun Bum’s 3-in-1 Leave In is amazing. It protects your hair and color from the sun, while also leaving strands silky and tangled-free. Available at Amazon, $7.50.


5. Hydrate Your Hair

After a long day sunning yourself or swimming in your bestie’s pool — or both — you’ll need an after-sun mask that hydrates your parched locks. Combining Tahitian coconut, sunflower seed oil, and organic bamboo extract, the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach deeply restorative one-minute rinse-off mask nourishes and strengthens your hair. Available at Sephora, $20.


6. Spray on the Go

You’ll want to carry Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray in your beach bag along with the rest of your summer essentials. It not only protects your hair from the sun’s harsh rays, but it also nourishes your tresses from roots to tip. Bonus? It’s perf for both normal and fine hair. Available at FeelUnique.com, $22.24.