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If You’re Not Using Hair Sunscreen, It’s Time to Buy Some—Here Are the Best Ones

Wait a second — you haven’t heard of hair sunscreen? Yep, it’s a real product — and an über-important one too you shouldn’t forget to put on when you go outside. How often do you remember to protect your scalp when you’re lathering up with SPF?  The answer is likely never, but now you know. Not only do the sun’s rays damage your skin, but they can also do a number on your hair and warp your color. No thanks!

Hair sunscreens are UV-filtering products that put a protective barrier between your hair and said rays and protect your scalp against damage. These game-changing and skin-saving hair sunscreen products are as easy to use as a hairspray, gel or detangler—you can choose which type works for your hair. Even powder!

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 best hair sunscreen products out there right now. While you’re at it, treat yourself to one of these cute new swimsuits to complete your summer haul. 

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1. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

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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 3.4 Oz,, 3.4 Fl Oz $29.27 on Buy now

2. Ulta Beauty Mineral Hair & Scalp Power SPF 45

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Ulta Beauty just dropped this SPF 45 scalp powder that makes putting sunscreen on your hair a breeze. It’s oxybenzone-free and blends in seamlessly.

Mineral Hair & Scalp Power SPF 45 $13.99 Buy now

3. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Hairdresser's invisible oil heat/UV protective primer
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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.”

Bb.Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer $28 Buy now

4. Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Defense Reef Friendly Sunscreen Spray

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Banana Boat’s Hair and Scalp sunscreen is super lightweight, non greasy and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It boats SPF 30 and it’s reef-safe.

5. Drybar Hot Toddy

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This spray formula protects hair from heat and UVA/UVB exposure, ensuring it not only prevents damage but also color fading.

Hot Toddy Heat Protectant Mist $27 Buy now

6. Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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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.

7. TRESemmé climate-control finishing Spray

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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.

TRESemme Climate Protection Hair Spray 11 oz $10.86 on Buy now

8. Coola Organic Mist Hair & Scalp Sunscreen

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This is the best option for people who prefer to go as organic as possible with their hair and skin products. Coola’s hair mist provides SPF 30 protection and is made with 70%-sertified organic and it won’t make your hair greasy.

Suncare Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30 $26 Buy now

A version of this article was originally published in July 2014.

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