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Sunscreen is a serious necessity come sunny weather—we wouldn’t even dream of heading outside without it—but just as important as protecting our skin from damaging UV rays is protecting our hair from sun damage, too. Exposure to sunlight isn’t just the enemy of color-treated hair; it’s also responsible for dryness and breakage on already damaged hair. Rather than leave the condition of your hair up to chance this summer, be proactive with these tried-and-true sun protection treatments.
Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20, fekkai.com)
Ideal for preventing faded highlights, this mist combines two layers—one part shine-enhancing oil, one part UV filter—which, when shaken to blend, offer both sun protection and glossy, better-moisturized strands. The smell is citrusy and refreshing, which is sometimes exactly what our hair needs after a long day poolside.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sun-Kissed Smooth ($22, alternahaircare.com)
This smoothing cream is intended for use on damp, towel-dried hair before styling (or not styling), but you can also use a dab on dry hair to tame flyaways and add shine. Packed with coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, honey extract, and more, our favorite thing about this cream (besides its protective features, of course) is the subtle shimmer it imparts, so your hair will feel good and look great.
Rene Furterer Sun Care Protective Summer Fluid ($24, renefurtererusa.com)
If you have fine hair and are concerned about UV protective formulas weighing it down, turn to this lightweight, non-oily leave-in treatment in place of the typical oils and sprays. Hydrating and, yes, protective, with a soft, natural-looking finish, this product is a win all-around for fine and thin hair—and it smells like a summer dream, to boot.
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer ($27, bumbleandbumble.com)
If you’re dubious about just how necessary hair primer might be, let this unique product be the catalyst that makes you a believer. It’s the first thing we spritz on our dry, damaged hair 365 days a year, but it’s especially appropriate in the summer, as it protects against not just UV damage but heat-styling damage and breakage as well.
Kérastase Soleil Huile Céleste ($40, kerastase-usa.com)
Should you be in the market for UV protection and major luxury, we’ve got you covered. This lightweight spray-on oil imparts seriously brilliant shine—and if you couldn’t tell from the way it looks in the bottle, it’s packed with highly reflective gold micro-particles, which leave a sun-kissed, beach-ready finish behind.
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