Keeping your hair protected in the sun is essential if you want soft, shiny and healthy locks when you return from your tropical and paradisial holiday. Just like SPF for the skin, it's so easy to use on your hair, and there are lots of different sun protection formulas and textures you can use, such as oils, spritzes and creams, depending on your hair type and needs.
Why do I need sun protection for hair?
Just like your skin, your hair can burn and become damaged in the sun. Damaging UVA and UVB rays penetrate the hair-shaft, and although they can cause hair lightening for a short period of time, they inevitably cause dulling, split ends and breakage in the long-term.
Which are the best sun protection hair products?
- Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirène Treatment
- Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
- Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray
- Matrix Bioloage Sunsorials Protective Hair Non-Oil
- Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil
- System Professional Solar Sun Oil
- Kérastase Soleil Masque Après Soleil
- Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Hair Styling Treatment
8 of the best sun protection products for hair
Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirène Treatment
The Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirène Treatment is perfect for dehydrated hair types as it not only helps to offer incredible sun protection for hair, but also nourishes and conditions dry locks. Infused with exotic babassu oil, the spray feels super lightweight in the hair but immediately softens and adds radiance upon application. It also has the most beautiful scent to welcome summer, made up of jasmine and solar tuberose.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
If you love to use natural products in your haircare routine, you'll love Aveda's Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. Made with organic sunflower seed oil, shea butter and coconut oils, the lightweight oil shields the hair against damaging UVA and UVB rays for all-round protection. It also has an incredible scent derived from neroli, ylang-ylang and cistus, for a perfectly tropical head of hair.
Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray
Protect your hair from oxidisation and drying with the Wella Professionals INVIGO Sun UV Hair Color Protection Spray. This high performance leave-in spray protects coloured hair from the damaging effects of UV exposure with Sun-Blend to ensure that the hair stays vibrant and nourished.
Matrix Bioloage Sunsorials Protective Hair Non-Oil
The Sunsorials Protective Hair Non-Oil by Matrix Biolage is designed to protect your hair from the sun, sea and pool whilst adding a natural looking shine. Perfect for taking away, this non greasy mist shields hair from the elements to leave it in perfect condition.
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil
In one of the prettiest bottles for summer, the Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil is a lightweight sun shield that has a natural UV filter to protect hair and enhance colour radiance, all while working against damage and dehydration from chlorine and salt water. It's great if you have dry locks as the spray helps to provide impeccable softness and shine.
System Professional Solar Sun Oil
If you prefer the feel of an oil over a spray, you will love System Professional's offering from their Solar collection. Blended with luxurious oils and UV filters, the lightweight oil helps to shield against the sun's rays, all while keeping the hair soft and hydrated. It also contains Keratin, which improves hair strength for
Color Wow Pop & Lock High Gloss Finish
Weightless and conditioning, the Color WOW Pop and Lock High Gloss Finish Spray adds a glossy shine to your strands as well as keeping it protected from UV rays and environmental aggressors. The multi-benefit spray infuses strands with hydration and seals cuticles to maximise hair strength and health and prevent any colour fading.
Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Hair Styling Treatment
Protect your hair against UV damage and external aggressors with the Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Hair Styling Treatment. Packed with 9 botanical extracts, the fast-absorbing cream helps to reduce the appearance of split ends and dryness, making it your perfect summer staple. It's also rich in vitamin C and Jojoba Oil helping to tame your tresses and minimise styling time.
The best after-sun hair routine
- Matrix Biolage Sunsorials After Sun Shampoo
- Tigi Bed Head Totally Beachin Mellow After-Sun Conditioner
- Aveda Sun Care After Sun Hair Treatment Masque
When you return from a day in the sun, on the beach or by the pool, you'll need to effectively cleanse, condition and treat your locks to keep them super soft and healthy. Rinsing away chlorine, environmental aggressors and salt from the sea will ensure your hair stays in its best condition all holiday long.
Start with the Kérastase Soleil Bain Apres Soleil Shampoo, enriched with Coconut Water and a summery Jasmine and Solar Tuberose fragrance to leave your hair feeling instantly refreshed and smelling amazing. The nourishing Shampoo acts as an after sun treatment for the hair, replenishing hydration levels and removing chlorine, salt and residue that can damage your locks.
Conditioning your hair is an easy way to help add in the lost moisture from a day sunbathing and swimming. The TIGI Totally Beachin' Mellow After-Sun Conditioner feels like a lightweight yet nourishing balm, and contains aloe vera and Vitamin E to soften, hydrate and protect against environmental aggressors. It has a beautifully uplifting scent of mango and tangerine; perfect for summer nights.
Finish your evening routine with the Aveda Sun Care After Sun Hair Treatment Masque, which is made with organic coconut and sunflower oils, alongside green tea, tamanu oil and Vitamin E to seriously nourish and treat sun-drenched hair.
Alternatively, if you have super fine hair which gets easily weighed down by product, you will love the Kérastase Soleil Masque Après Soleil. The gel texture means it feels super lightweight upon application and doesn't cause locks to become greasy or oily. Plus, it helps to replenish hydration post sun exposure and leave locks beautifully softened, shiny and scented.