Hair Products to Protect Your Tresses This Summer: Save Your Strands From Heat, Humidity, and Dehydration

Say goodbye to frizz, UV damage, faded color, and more seasonal hair struggles.

By Marenah Dobin Jul 31, 2022 2:00 PMTags
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For a lot of us, the summer season means a lot more time outdoors. While time in the sun can be fun, it's important to make sure we take care of ourselves. Of course, it's vital to apply sunblock to our skin, but what about our hair? Yes, you need to protect your tresses from the sun as well. In the summer, our hair and scalp can suffer from UV damage, frizz, dry ends, greasy roots, faded color, and other issues that are specific to the season. Swimming in pools and oceans in addition to sweating in the sun can really throw your hair for a loop, which is why you need the right beauty products.

We all have some summer hair struggles, but don't worry because we've found some game-changing solutions. Check out our go-to products, get your Shop Girl Summer on, and click "add to cart."

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Hair Products to Protect Your Tresses From Heat, Humidity, and Chlorine

Supergoop! Poof Part Powder SPF45

No one wants red, peeling, or flaky skin on their scalp after a beach day. When you're outside, it makes sense to put your hair back (without a part) to prevent your part from getting burned from the sun. However, if you don't want to brush your hair back, you need to protect your skin.

Spray this 1-2 inches away from your hair right at the part. Just blend it in a bit with your fingertips or a brush and you're ready to enjoy your time outside. The mineral-based formula is infused with SPF 45. This product has 3.2K+ "Loves" from Sephora customers

Amika The Shield Style Anti-Humidity Spray

You need this in your life! This heat-activated spray protects your hair against frizz-inducing humidity for over 24 hours, per the brand. Shake up the can and then lightly spray it on damp or dry hair before heat styling. And, yes, it's safe for color-treated hair.

This spray has 1,400+ 5-star Amazon reviews and 20.5K+ "Loves" from Sephora shoppers.

Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask

This product was originally formulated for the US Olympic synchronized swim team. It's a water-resistant, protective cream that shields the hair against the damaging effects of chlorine, salt water and UV rays, according to the brand. It prevents discoloration and dryness that can result from chlorinated water, salt water, and sun exposure. The formula is also infused with sunscreen and, as the name states, it basically acts like swim cap to protect your tresses.

Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque

You need to have this hair mask in your arsenal this summer to restore the look of sun-exposed hair. It restores weakened hair and moisturizes, according to Aveda. After shampooing your hair, apply this to your hair. Leave it on for 2-5 minutes and then rinse it out. Use this weekly or whenever your hair is exposed to sun, salt and chlorine.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

No one wants sweaty hair, but sometimes you can't hop in the shower as quickly as you'd like. That's why dry shampoo is a summer essential. Get those oils and grease out of your hair with this classic Batiste dry shampoo, which has 12,200+ 5-star reviews on Amazon and 15,300+ 5-star Ulta reviews.

Sun Bum Sunscreen Scalp Spray SPF 30

Yes, there is a sunscreen that's specially formulated for your hair. It's lightweight, yet nourishing. It protects your hair without weighing it down. And for now, Sun Bum products are buy one, get one half off at Ulta.

Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier

This spray is the antidote to multiple summer hair struggles. It blocks humidity, detangles, softens, reduces frizz, and prevents damage, as claimed by the brand. It also has a UV defense prior, which provides photoprotection for your hair. Yes, that includes color-treated hair too.

Rita Hazan Lock + Block Protective Spray

Protect your hair against humidity, block UV rays, and lock in your style with this weightless spray from Rita Hazan. It's a must-have for anyone with color-treated hair.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

Lock in your style with this anti-humidity hair spray from Oribe. It provides a flexible hold while combating frizz, humidity, and free radicals, according to Oribe. It's what you need to maintain your look whether you're rocking a sleek blowout or some natural curls.

This spray has 3.7K+ "Loves" from Sephora shoppers.

Vitabrid Hair Tonic Professional Intensive Scalp Tonic

This award-winning two-piece system is essential to promote scalp health and increase collagen production. Your hair can use all the TLC it can get in the summer months. It has antioxidant protection, minimizes UV damage, and prolongs the life of hair color, the brand claims.

If you want to get the most out of your beauty products, multi-tasking items are the way to go. Check out our list of reliable products that have multiple uses (and they're great for travel).

—Originally published June 10, 2021 at 11:16 AM PT.