It’s easy to forget that our hair is just as susceptible to damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays as our skin. Venturing out with unprotected tresses during spring and summer can wreak havoc on your hair’s texture, robbing it of moisture, natural oils and luster, as well as causing brassiness or washout if your hair is color-treated. It’s also important to protect your scalp from sun damage, as well.
The following five sprays all offer excellent protection, as well as add shine, lovely scents, and additional ingredients to keep hair nourished and healthy during the sun-filled months ahead.
Phyto Plage Sun Veil Spray : In addition to sun-blocking UV filters, Phyto’s spray is infused with sunflower extract, an antioxidant that protects hair fibers, sweet almond proteins, which enhance softness and shine, and white lotus extract to help maintain moisture. Beautybar.com, Phyto Plage Sun Veil Spray, $22
B. the Product “Sun Out” Protective Spray: This spray is a great scalp saver, as well as an effective hair protectant. It contains a variety of nourishing ingredients, including aloe vera, wheat protein, and oak bark extract, to soothe your strands while shielding them from outdoor damage. Nordstrom.com, B. the Product “Sun Out” Protective Spray, $21
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil: We love the tropical scent of this sun-shielding spray—one spritz immediately brings vacation memories to your mind. And it’s packed with highly protective, nourishing ingredients, such as wintergreen and cinnamon bark, antioxidant-rich green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E. Aveda.com, Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $27
Ouidad Sun Shield Sun & Sport Leave-In Conditioner: In addition to major UV blockers, Ouidad’s leave-in conditioner contains a blend of proteins and amino acids to keep hair soft, smooth and frizz-free. This is the perfect purchase for curly-haired girls—Ouidad is one of the best brands for naturally curly locks. Ouidad.com, Ouidad Sun Shield Sun & Sport Leave-In Conditioner, $21
Kiehl’s Color-Protect Shine Infusing Hair Oil Treatment: This spray from Kiehl’s uses light reflectors to enhance your hair color while protecting it from those rays. It’s extremely lightweight (which is perfect for people who already use a substantial amount of product), and is infused with moisturizing, antioxidant-rich ingredients like apricot kernel and sun seed oil. With an SPF of 10, it’s one of the best buys for color-treated hair. Kiehls.com, Kiehl’s Color-Protect Shine Infusing Hair Oil Treatment, $25
And of course, you should always make sure you have a stunning sun hat on hand. Nothing protects your scalp (and adds style to your summer look) better than floppy, wide-brimmed beach hat.
by Susan Linney