Wait a second — you haven’t heard of hair sunscreen? Yep, it’s a real product — and an über-important one too. Not only do the sun’s rays damage your skin, but they can also do a number on your hair and warp your color.
Hair sunscreens are UV-filtering products that put a protective barrier between your hair and said rays and protect your scalp against damage.
Because a sunburned scalp is about as much fun as a bag of rocks, make sure you arm yourself with hair sunscreen this summer. Here are the eight best products out there right now.
1. Bare Republic UV-protecting hair care collection
Sunscreen brand Bare Republic has a whole line of hair care products that provide UV protection. From shampoo and conditioner to a serum and back to a dry shampoo, Bare Republic pretty much has you covered this summer.
UV-protecting hair care collection, $14.99 – $17.99 at Bare Republic
2. Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray is a waterproof, nongreasy dry oil that shields both skin and hair from the sun. It’s lightweight and leaves your hair feeling silky.
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $36 at Sephora
3. Phyto Plage Protective Sun Oil
Phyto Plage Protective Sun Oil prevents your hair from being weakened by the sun and preserves that shine you love so much. Simply spray on dry or wet hair before heading outside and reapply after swimming.
Protective Sun Oil, $30 at Phyto Plage
4. TRESemmé climate-control finishing spray
TRESemmé Climate Control Spray isn’t just budget-friendly — it’s everything-friendly. This formula fights humidity, static, wind and UV rays. Seriously, I’m surprised it doesn’t come with a cape.
TRESemmé climate-control spray, $4.89 at Target
5. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
Bumble and bumble is famous for their beach waves spray, so it’s only natural they offer some UV protection too. Their invisible oil truly is a “mist of many wonders.”
Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, $28 at Bumble and bumble
6. Drybar Hot Toddy
This lightweight formula protects hair from heat and UVA/UVB exposure, ensuring it not only prevents damage but also color fading.
Hot Toddy, $30 at Drybar
7. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
It doesn’t get much easier than this lightweight, waterproof mist that protects your hair from UV rays for up to 16 hours. It helps to minimize color fading, damage and dehydrated strands — and it smells amazing!
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $29 at Aveda
8. Banana Boat Sport Quik Dri scalp spray sunscreen
Banana Boat Sport Quik Dri scalp spray sunscreen is for both your body and scalp and has the added bonus of being waterproof. It’s a clear, nongreasy formula that dries über-fast.
Banana Boat Sport Quik Dri scalp spray sunscreen, $6.44 at Walmart
A version of this article was originally published in July 2014.