curly girls in the pool

With summer just around the corner, we are all a little excited to spend more time out in the sun. It’s time to get our hair and skin ready-- preventing sun damage to our skin with SPF products.

But did you know, hair is just as vulnerable to UVA and UVB damage?

Expert hairstylist Jeffrey Lyle describes “the harsh aggressions of sun, wind, and chlorinated or salt water produce free radicals which attack the hair fiber, leaving it dry, dull, and weakened. Using products that have UVA and UVB filters will help protect hair from the sun’s harmful rays.”

The next time you plan on spending a long time outside at the beach, pool, a family outing, or a stroll in the park, it’s always a smart idea to protect your hair from sun damage first. Use one of these hair products to provide protection without drying out your tresses.

Beauty Protector & Detangle

This leave-in mist is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and acts as a detangler that seals the cuticles of each strand for smoothing frizzy hair. It also moisturizes after a dip in the pool. Beauty Protector provides protection against UV rays and heat, safeguards hair color, and adds shine. Plus, it’s a vegan product too!

Aveda Sun Care Protective Veil

A lightweight, water-resistant UV-defense mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours. It minimizes color fading, damage and dryness. The veil also contains a three-part defense and recovery system and UVA/UVB filters derived from wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils help protect hair from sun damage. This product is an anti-oxidizing blend of green tea extract, certified-organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E.

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray

This refresher is a lightweight, dry oil spray formulated with organic Indonesian Nyamplung Oil, which protects skin and hair from the drying effects of sun, saltwater, and chlorine. Defends from damaging UVA/UVB rays with Senna extract. Soothes and softens with Aloe Vera. Water-resistant, non-greasy formula promotes a healthy-looking tan and beautiful hair.

Ouidad Sun Shield Sun & Sport Leave-In Spray

This leave-in conditioner spray has UV ray blockers that form an invisible shield over the hair shaft to protect hair from sun, wind, salt and chlorine.

Sunflower Suncoat SPF

Although this product is recommended for horses, some curlies use it for their hair before of its effectiveness. It contains maximum UV-A and UV-B protection for shiny manes, protecting from sun bleaching and burning. Sunflower Suncoat SPF maintains the natural true color of hair with a formula that contains a quality blend of conditioners that make hair more manageable and easier to detangle and comb, too.