10 Ways To Protect Your Hair From The Sun This Summer

While your hair won't peel or turn an unsightly shade of lobster red like your back and shoulders will, intense heat and UV rays have the ability to sap your strands of moisture, shine, movement, and color. Protecting your hair (and your brand-new summer highlights) from the sun might not be high on your agenda when all you want to do is down daiquiris, but there's an abundance of balms, serums, hairsprays and styling creams that make the task easy.

With the ability to shield your strands from free radicals, minimize damage before you even dip a toe in the water, and work like a beach umbrella for your scalp, ahead are the 10 products you need to save yourself from hair drama this summer.


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Davines SU Hair Mask

Just like your skin, your hair is dehydrated after soaking in the sun. To replenish it of the moisture its lost, consider adding a hair mask into your shower routine. This one is specifically formulated to restore hair that's been exposed to the sun (public enemy number one).
Davines SU Hair Mask$27.50 Buy

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

The bottle might look small and humble, but the ingredients pack a punch. The mix of green tea extract and vitamin E ward off free radicals while smoothing, glossing, and de-frizzing strands. Plus, the shea butter in the formula acts like a shot of moisture for your overworked scalp. Simply mist onto dry or straight hair and let it work its magic.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil$29.00 Buy

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

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 Heat & UV Protective Primer$28.00 Buy

Cuvée Beauty Protective Treatment

If you pack just one heat protectant 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$45.00 Buy

Kérastase Crème UV Sublime Hair Cream

This weightless cream clings onto each and every strand, protecting against sun damage from root to tip. It works with all hair types without just sitting on the surface, so you can style away as usual. A beach bag must-have if we ever saw one.
Kérastase Crème UV Sublime Hair Cream$37.00 Buy

Oribe Crème For Style

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 Crème For Style$42.00 Buy

O&M Maintain The Mane Conditioner

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 fibers for ultimate protection – even after you've rinsed it out. Double up on the defense and team it with the matching shampoo.
O&M Maintain The Mane Conditioner$34.00 Buy

Philip Kingsley Swimcap Cream

This has a cult following for good reason. Whether you color your hair or not, it can take a beating from chlorine, sea salt, and intense UV rays. But thanks to moisture-magnet glycerin as well as 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 Swimcap Cream$28.00 Buy

Sachajuan Hair In The Sun

The UV filters in this hair mask shut out beating rays so you can bid farewell to the parched, straw-like feel that soaking up the sun tends to create. Thanks to the lightweight texture, it's also 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$32.00 Buy

Klorane Sun Radiance Protective Oil

Shield your hair with this protective hair spray that uses ylang-ylang wax to prevent color fading and the damaging effects of the sun, salt, sand, and chlorine. If you were looking for one, this is your answer to having perfect blonde highlights all summer long.
Klorane Sun Radiance Protective Oil with Ylang-Ylang Wax$18.00 Buy
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