Your Scalp Needs Sunscreen, Too: Here Are Our Top Picks

Taylor Post

Our scalps are very sensitive by nature, so when harsh UV rays burn us, it can be very painful (not to mention damaging). Once you’ve been burned, you know that you’ll do anything in your power to never be burned again. Luckily, we don’t have to go to lengthy measures to protect the skin, thanks to scalp sunscreen. Designed to shield your scalp from the sun and also add moisture to your hair, this wonderful product is a must-have for summer. Below are our favorite scalp protecting products. From sprays to leave-in conditioners, you’ll be able to find a scalp sunscreen that suits your needs. 

Spray this sunscreen into damp hair to protect and nourish your hair and scalp. Your hair will appear shiner and your scalp is sure to be sunburn free!
Dermatouch Sun Smart Hair and Scalp Shield, $15.99,

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Banana Boat

Get head to toe protection with this SPF 30 sunscreen. The non-greasy formula works great for your scalp and works on the rest of your body, too.
Banana Boat Quik Dry Sport Body & Scalp Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $6.47,



Stay protected from harmful UV rays all day with this 2-in-1 (body and head!) sunscreen. The formula is water-resistant so your hair and scalp won’t feel weighed down.
Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray for Body & Hair, $30,

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Refresh and protect your scalp with this SPF 15 treatment. It locks in moisture starting at the root to give you with healthy hair and a protected scalp.
Nioxin System 2 Treatment, $25,



With this mineral sunscreen powder, say goodbye to oily and sticky residue being left behind. Your scalp will be protected from sunburn, skin damage, and discoloration.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder, $30,



Save your scalp from harmful UV rays while eliminating frizz and static, plus add some moisture into your hair.
Tela Beauty Organics ‘Guardian’ SPF 18 Sun Protection for Hair and Scalp, $32,

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Never worry about burning your scalp again with this Redken sunscreen. It works to protect hair against UV rays, chlorine, and other drying minerals.
Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen, $49.99,





Moroccan argan oil, vitamin E, and vitamin B5, work together to hydrate hair and tame frizz while the SPF protects the scalp against sunburn.
Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner, $26, 

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