As temperatures heat up, we can look forward to hours of fun in the sun. But if your spring and summer plans involve music festivals, trips to the pool or sunny beach vacations, you may be overexposing your strands to the sun's potent rays.
We use sunscreen to protect our skin from aging and hyperpigmentation, but did you know that our hair needs protection as well? The sun can actually cause your hair to dry out and your color to fade.
Luckily, shielding your strands from the sun is easier than you think: Many amazing hair care products these days contain chemical and botanical ingredients that offer environmental (including UV) protection. It's like a two-in-one — because in addition to the usual cleansing or styling benefits, you also get an added line of defense against the sun. Ahead, these are some of our favorite UV protectant hair products. Pick some up and start protecting your scalp and strands in the months to come.
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Featuring Drybar's luscious signature scent (jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla), this lightweight lotion combines the benefits of a smoothing blowout cream and a heat protectant. Apply a small amount to lengths and ends prior to blow drying to add a layer of heat and UVA/UVB protection — and bonus: It leaves your locks smooth, shiny, and frizz-free.
Looking to get that beachy, mermaid hair, minus the stiff, gritty texture? This UV protective gel-cream fights frizz and contains just the right amount of hold and softness. It's made with aloe vera and seaweed extracts to nourish your hair and help protect against color fade-out, as well as any potential dry-out from the sun and salt water.
Sun Bum Revitalizing Dry Shampoo, $14.99
We just love the banana scent of this dry conditioner that makes it a breeze to stretch out the days between washes (we won't tell anyone). The residue-free formula dries clear and soaks up sweat, oil, and odors, leaving your your hair smelling like a tropical cocktail. You wouldn't expect it, but this dry shampoo offers UV protection in addition to the delightful burst of volume and texture it gives your hair.
Protect your strands from the sun and the heat of your styling tools, while adding shine and a flexible hold. Scented like watermelon jelly beans, this lightweight spray is formulated with keratin to strengthen your hair, along with ingredients like chamomile extract, jojoba oil and vitamin E soothe and protect against environmental aggressors. Spray all over your hair before heat styling and enjoy longer-lasting curls with a glossy sheen.