Everyone Forgets To Put Sunscreen Here — But It's SO Important

While your hair won't peel or turn an unsightly shade of lobster red like your back and shoulders, intense heat and UV rays have the ability to sap it of moisture, shine, movement, and color in a matter of minutes. Cue lackluster, straw-like strands on your train ride home and at least three frantic phone calls to your hairdresser the day after.
Protecting your locks from the sun might not be high on your agenda when all you want to do is down daiquiris, but there's a new breed of balms, serums, hairsprays and styling creams with the ability to shield those pesky free radicals, minimizing damage instantly and cumulatively throughout the day.
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Ombré, balayage or all-over color, this masque is created specifically for those who dye their hair regularly. A dream team of natural ingredients provides a hit of hydration that leaves lengths satisfyingly soft, while the clever UV+ technology keeps color under lock and key – even if you're a big sun worshipper. (Also: please don't be a sun worshipper.)

Alterna Bamboo UV+ Rehab Deep Hydration Masque, $26, available at Sephora.
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The bottle may look small and humble, but the ingredients sure pack a punch. A mega-mix of green tea extract and vitamin E helps to ward off free radicals all while smoothing, glossing and de-frizzing. Plus, Shea butter acts like a shot of moisture for an overworked scalp. Simply mist onto dry or straight hair and let it work its magic.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $28, available at Nrdstrom.
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Don't let the word 'oil' put you off. This protective primer from the geniuses at Bumble and Bumble combines six lightweight oils that cocoon the hair shaft so each strand is safeguarded — not singed. It's basically an umbrella in a spray bottle and you shouldn't hit the beach without it.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, $28, available at Sephora.
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If you pack just one hair product in your overnight bag, make it this. It harnesses vitamins that strengthen hair from the inside out, while antioxidants and UV shields make the intense rays bounce right off the hair. Expect an impressive mirror shine, too.

Cuvée Beauty Protective Treatment, $45, available at Cuvée Beauty.
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This weightless mist clings onto each and every strand, protecting against sun damage from root to tip. It has the knack of adjusting to all hair types (even thick and coarse) and evaporates in next to no time at all, so you can style away as usual. A beach bag must-have if ever we saw one.

Kérastase Micro-Voile Protecteur, $36, available at Walmart.
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Pulled through damp or dry hair, this milky crème is sturdy enough to keep your style in place all day, without the weighty feel. Thanks to the added filter, it acts like an apron against penetrative UV rays which so often drain the hair of moisture and shine.

Oribe Creme For Style, $42, available at Birchbox.
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Not only does a single dollop of Original & Mineral's conditioner banish the halo of frizz that is synonymous with humid weather, it also shuttles antioxidant ingredients and added UV guards into the hair fibre for ultimate protection – even after you've rinsed it out. Double up on defense and team it with the matching shampoo.

Original & Mineral Maintain The Mane Conditioner, $30.95, available at Original & Mineral.
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This has a cult following for good reason. Whether you color it or not, hair can take a beating from chlorine, sea salt, and intense UV rays but thanks to moisture-magnet glycerin and special ingredient dimethicone, which wraps itself like armor around fragile strands, this combats both the dreaded fade and the frazzled feel. Worth its weight in gold, if you ask us.

Philip Kingsley Citrus Sunshine Swimcap, $11, available at Philip Kingsley.
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Intelligent UV filters in Sachajuan's Hair In The Sun shut out beating rays so you can say "See ya" to the parched, straw-like feel that lapping up the sun tends to lend your locks. Thanks to the lighter-than-light texture, it's an amazing styling cream – and if you're staying indoors this summer? Well, the stunning orange blossom scent makes it the beauty equivalent of a holiday on the Amalfi coast.

Sachajuan Hair In The Sun, $32, available at Net-a-Porter..
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A cloud of Wella's Solar Helio Spray maintains moisture in every single lock of hair without weighing it down or making it feel uncomfortably greasy. The best part? The nourishing vitamin complex helps to keep color vivid, even when the sun is beating down.

Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray available at Wella salons.
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