We all know that the sun can have harmful effects on our skin, so we take the necessary precautions to protect it like wearing sunscreen and large hats when we’re outdoors. But it’s easy to forget about your hair during the carefree summer months. UV rays can make your hair brittle and prone to breakage, while also making appear frayed. It also lightens your hair color, which if you spend a lot of time and money perfecting the hue can be extremely frustrating. And it’s not just your hair that needs consideration—the skin underneath your hair is also very vulnerable to sunburn and damage from long-term exposure. Spots of skin cancer are very common along the scalp and hairline, especially if you part your hair in the same spot everyday as that particular area sees a lot of sunlight.
Obviously the thought of applying sunscreen to your entire scalp and each strand of hair seems unrealistic, but luckily there are a ton of product options that take care of this for you (without making your hair and scalp greasy). To protect the scalp, you’ll want to look for ingredients like avobenzone, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide, which block UV rays. Antioxidants and plant-derived oils like sunflower seed oil also help protect the scalp and hair from harmful rays by blocking free radicals. Below are a few products that minimize the negative effects UV rays have on your hair and scalp, and some even help detangle and absorb excess grease as well.
Ouai Heat Protection Spray— This spray protects hair from heat damage using a blend of prickly pear extract, jojoba oil, glycerin, and castor oil.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil— A lightweight, non-greasy formula filled with nourishing ingredients and UV filters to help minimize the drying effects of the sun.
Coola Organic Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30— The avobenzone protects your strands and scalp from UV rays while ingredients like palm and soybean extracts condition and hydrate.
Moroccanoil Protect and Prevent Spray— This lightweight formula helps protect and prevent color fading, and can also be used as a detangler post-beach.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer— Packed with grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and safflower oil, this heat protectant minimizes both UV and heat damage.
Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part and Scalp Powder SPF 45— This powder protects your scalp around your part and soaks up excess oil at the same time, leaving your hair grease-free.
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