Sunscreen: We know we need it—although we tend to neglect it—otherwise we pay the price of burns and premature aging. By this point, we’ve all been ingrained to slather our bodies in sunscreen and reapply with spray (and powdered?) versions of our favorite UV ray protectors, but how about our hair? Do we really need to protect our strands of already-dead proteins? Yes, we absolutely do.
According to Andrew Fitzsimons, celebrity hairstylist that’s beloved by the whole KarJenner clan, UV protection for your locks is dire to keeping damage at bay. “You want to protect the outermost layer of your hair’s cuticle so the inside stays healthy and strong,” he tells COOLS. “The sun can cause a wide range of damage from color fade to drying out your strands—which increases frizziness, damage, and breakage.”
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So, should we be slathering our sunscreen lotion into our tresses and scalps too? Of course not: Fitzsimons notes that there’s a vast array of UV-protection products formulated for your delicate hair, so you can keep your perfectly-imperfect beachy waves guarded without ruining your hairstyle. Below, take a look at some of our favorites.
Supergoop! Part Powder SPF 45
Yes, even that small silver of scalp where your hair parts needs some SPF protection. This powder formula will give you all of the coverage you need, without leaving a dusty mess.
Joico Defy Damage Protective Shield
A personal favorite of mine, this pre-styling shield guards your hair from harsh sun rays and heated tools.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
We all love a multitasker: This SPF 50 spritzer can be used on your body, face, and hair.
COOLA Organic Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30
This mist keeps your strands calm and tamed as it protects your freshly dyed hair with SPF 30.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer
Fights frizz, smoothens kinks, and protects your hair from harsh UV rays in one instant? We’ll sign up for that.