You might think you have your summer skincare routine down by now, thanks to years of trial and error. There's the sunscreen you've tested in at least three different countries, as well as the commute-friendly primer that's saved your foundation. But we have one more addition you might have overlooked: SPF for your hair.
Yes, your hair. UV rays are just as damaging for your scalp as they are on the rest of your body, so you need to protect it, especially if you have lighter-colored hair. Grey and lighter hair have less melanin to block harmful rays; coloured and fine hair are also more susceptible to sun damage. Some hair types just require more attention.
If you don't want to break up with your signature middle parting, it's important to protect your exposed scalp. Likewise, cornrows and tight braids (which are close to the scalp) also need more protection. As your scalp is usually covered by hair, it can take longer to recognise if you have any sunburn or damage, so a mist that protects from UV rays is essential.
It's not only your scalp you have to pay attention to. You've probably already noticed the changes in your hair texture when you've spent a few too many hours soaking up the sun on holiday. UVA and UVB rays can cause moisture loss and brittle ends which can get further damaged by chlorine.
It's not all dreary, as we've found the best SPF hair mists so you can protect yourself without any fuss. Get spritzing.
We get it: Baggage allowances just don't want us to live our best beauty lives. Fear not; Institut Esthederm's oil that protects against UVA and UVB works on both skin and hair without weighing it down. It also includes nourishing vitamin E to fight against dry strands. Pack it immediately.
With 16 hours' worth of protection from the sun, this is a summer must-have. It also protects against pesky free radicals, and as it's water resistant, you can go for as many dips as you like.
To keep hair colour in perfect condition, spritz Paul Mitchell's spray on before heading out into the sun. It adds strength and moisture so your hair will be easier to manage.
Triple protection here against UV, chlorine and salt water. Once you see how well your skin drinks this up, you'll be using it every single day.
UV protecting qualities aside, Aussie's hair spritz is all you need to get that much lusted after effortless summer hair. With nourishing sunflower seed oil, it'll give your hair all of the smoothness it might lose in the sun.
This is your new haircare essential, as it also protects against heat damage. Spray this on before heat styling as well as ahead of a trip to the beach.
Acting like a parasol for your hair, Phyto's mist will give you an invisible layer of protection so you can enjoy all of the joys of summer (like eating a Solero in the park) without worrying about sun damage. ■
Trust us, when you try these gems, you'll be excited to pack one in your suitcase this summer.