Lourdes Avila Uribe
July 13, 2017 12:33 pm
Anna Buckley / Hello Giggles

Did you know that it’s not just your skin that you need to protect from the summer sun, but your hair as well? Regardless of whether you have color-treated hair, the sun can sap it of its healthy oils and leave it looking and feeling like a bale of hay. Luckily, there are plenty of products that will protect your hair from the sun’s rays this summer season.

And while hats are a great way to protect your hair from damage, sometimes they’re not an option and you need another solution. UV rays erode the hair’s cuticle, which means that the outer layer of the hair that protects the inner layers is compromised. Since that’s where color comes from, sun bleaching breaks down the melanin in your hair, drying it out and weakening it, making it stiff, brittle, and breakable.

We talked to hairstylist Clyde Haygood about keeping our hair healthy — he’s worked with the Kardashian/Jenner ladies, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Shirley Manson — so you can trust that he definitely knows his stuff. You’ve probably seen his work in W, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, and Esquire, to name a few. He’s one of the busiest stylists out there, and for good reason, his innovative looks and enthusiasm for his job make him a dream to work with.

We asked Clyde what his favorite hair protectant was and hands down he tells us it’s Phytoplage Protective Sun Oil. Clyde says to HelloGiggles,

Clyde is also a fan of natural remedies, like using coconut oil and vinegar rinses to clarify hair and give it shine. He also tells us that, while there are lots of different kinds of hair protectants, his favorite are the kind that spray so that it’s evenly distributed from scalp to tips for ultimate protection from the sun. Makes sense to us!

In light of all this information, we’ve got 15 products that will protect your hair from the summer sun.

1Baiser Beauty Formula N.6 Natural Hair Treatment, $30


This multipurpose treatment moisturizes and restores your hair with Vitamins A, B12, and E. It absorbs excess oil, protects from the sun and gives it a refresher.

2Phytoplage Protective Sun Oil, $30


This luxurious sun-protection oil is perfect for anyone with dry or damaged hair that’s been exposed to chlorine. The oil forms an anti-dehydration screen and UV filter, protecting your hair and color while nourishing it.

3Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray, $34


Thanks to its blend of six oils, this finishing spray hydrates, smooths, detangles, and protects hair. Its lightweight UV-shielding formula delivers softness and radiance, and won’t mess with your hairstyle.

4Alterna Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray, $22


This hair mist not only adds shine, but it creates a veil that protects it from UVA rays while combating the damaging effects of the sun, pool, and saltwater.

5Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $36


This water-resistant, non-greasy dry oil can be used on both your skin and hair — genius! It’s lightweight and won’t leave you feeling oily.

6Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant, $30


This hair lotion is super lightweight and protects hair from heat and UVA/UVB exposure — preventing damage and color degradation.

7Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $29


This light, water-resistant UV-defense mist forms an invisible shield to protect hair from sun exposure up to 16 hours while minimizing color fading, damage, and dryness.

8Living Proof Timeless Pre-Shampoo Treatment, $26

Living Proof

As opposed to a hairspray, this treatment protects and enhances your color thanks to a color-seal technology and UV absorbers. It strengthens hair by protecting it from the sun and is ideal for color-treated hair.

9Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo, $24


Thanks to green tea catechins, the active antioxidant compound in green tea, this shampoo makes your hair more resistant to UV radiation, prevents premature hair aging, and damage from free-radicals.

10Keratin Complex Thermo-Shine Thermal Protectant Mist, $21

Keratin Complex

This spray strengthens, protects, and gives you a shiny finish, all while protecting your locks from the elements, and that includes heat-styling.

11Shu Uemura Essence Absolute Nourishing Protective Oil, $69

Shu Uemura

This multi-use hair oil moisturizes and protects hair thanks to nutrient rich oils that balance moisture level and provide all-day UV protection without weighing it down.

12L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment, $41.50


Not only does this treatment increase shine and reduce drying time, but it features triple UV protection and thermal protection.

13It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, $27.42


This product does just about everything: It repairs dry, damaged hair, adds shine, smooths and controls frizz, protects hair color, detangles, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, and leaves your hair silky and soft.

14Kerabotanica Shore To Please Beach Girl, $22


This hair refresher is designed with all-natural UV protection from Red Raspberry Seeds and infuses your hair with a fresh scent while boosting hydration and softness.

15American Wave Hair Collection ReHab Shampoo by Arrojo, $26


This entire line was specifically developed to protect your hair from all the harsh elements. Aside from shampoo, it includes conditioner, styling cream, and finishing products that were all specially formulated to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.

You don’t have to sacrifice your hair come summer time, keep it healthy and feeling like its very best self with the help of just a few of these handy-dandy products. Your hair and scalp will thank you for it!