Sun Protection For Hair You Need this Summer

By Carly Cochrane - 8 months ago | Updated
lady on beach playing with hair

Although we might not be able to jet off on holiday just yet, it’s important to protect your hair and scalp even in the UK.

Looking after your locks will be the least of your worries as you soak up the summer sun, but we’ve burnt our scalps one too many times to know that you can’t skimp on sun protection for your hair.

That’s right, those damaging UV rays take no prisoners and will sizzle everything from your scalp to your strands if you step out into the sun unprotected.

As experts explain, the skin on your scalp is just as prone to sunburn as the rest of your body and should therefore be treated the same. If not, persistent sun exposure can cause strands to turn dry and brittle, whilst a burnt scalp can damage hair follicles and lead to potential hair loss and skin cancer – yikes!

As we're aware that the idea of slathering factor 50 onto your parting doesn’t sound too pleasant, we’ve rounded up the best sun protection for your hair. With everything from oils to sprays and creams, you're bound to find your new summer essential.

Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protector

Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protector

Wave goodbye to straw-like strands as this spray-in treatment laces locks with a barrier that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays. Ideal for all hair types, this gentle formula provides up to eight hours of protection for both wet and dry locks.

Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair

Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair

If anyone knows how to care for your hair, it’s the French favourite brand, NUXE. This milky oil spray protects your tresses from UV rays, chlorine and salt with its sunscreen, rice protein and coconut oil blend. Better yet, it’s lightly fragranced with a tropical flower scent – perfect for the summer.

Biolage Sunsorials Protective Hair Non Oil

Biolage Sunsorials Protective Hair Non Oil

Before you head out in the sun protect and shield your hair with this formula. It has a weightless, non-greasy texture which provides long-lasting UV defence. Not to mention, it makes your locks feel silky smooth.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil UV & Thermal Defence Multi-tasker

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil UV & Thermal Defence Multi-tasker

Blonde hair can really take a beating when it comes to sun exposure, but it’s nothing a little spritz can’t handle. Providing optimum UV and thermal protection, this spray works to shield strands from the sun, all whilst brightening and nourishing lack-lustre locks.

Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Colour Protection Spray

Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Colour Protection Spray

Whether you're a bleached-blonde babe or dark and mysterious brunette, this UV hair protection spray from Wella ensures that your colour stays fresh and vibrant when out in the sun. A cocktail of advanced technology, new ingredients and vitamins protect strands from the damaging effects of UV exposure, all whilst giving your colour an invigorating recharge.

Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask

Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask

The sun, sea water and chlorine can’t come close to hair cuticles as Philip Kingsley provide an invisible swim cap. It’s a winning formula and a hair care favourite as it guards against dryness, damage and discolouration.

Fudge Salt Spray With All Day Hold & UV Protection

Fudge Salt Spray With All Day Hold & UV Protection

Create gorgeous summer hair styles – all year long – with this unique texturising spray from Fudge Professional. Enriched with sea kelp, red algae and ocean salt minerals, the pro-grade salt spray adds raw texture and body to flat hair. What’s more, it features a UVisiShield technology to strengthen and protect hair against UV damage. Beach waves have never looked (or felt) so good!

Sun Bum Protecting Heat Protector

Sun Bum Protecting Heat Protector

Summer-proofing your hair is made easy with this tropical bottle of goodness. Inspired by the crashing waves of Florida beaches, Sun Bum's Protecting Heat Protector gives your locks splashes of protection whilst strengthening and softening damaged hair strands. Coating each strand with an invisible, water-resistant UV screen, the mist protects your hair from any damage caused by sun exposure, as well as heat styling tools.

Bumble and bumble Surf Styling Leave-In

Bumble and bumble Surf Styling Leave-In

This leave-in cream just what you need for sunny holiday breaks. Utilising a beach protective blend, red seaweed and a flexi-style blend, it provides UV protection and adds a light hold so you can style your hair for beautiful beachy waves.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil UV Protective Dry Oil Finishing Spray

Bumble and bumble are back again and this time they're treating hair to a blend of nourishing oils, including coconut, argan, macadamia, sweet almond and grapeseed, in order to leave strands soft, silky and bursting with radiance. This dry oil is perfect for adding intense but lightweight moisture to straight, curly or wavy hair. Its infusion of UV protection means you can rock your favourite styles with confidence when having fun in the sun.


Now that you're up to scratch with how to keep your hair soft and sumptuous this summer, why not check out the Most Common Sunscreen Myths Unravelled so you can really be on your A-game?

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Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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