Saves of This Summer Hair Product Are Up 52%, According to Pinterest

Updated 07/02/18
Best SPF Hair Mist: Woman with blonde hair and gold earrings

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.

Best SPF Hair Mist: Institut Esthederm Sun Care Oil
Institut Esthederm Sun Care Oil $43

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.

Best SPF Hair Mist: Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil $19

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. 

Best SPF Hair Mist: Paul Mitchell Color Care Color Protect Locking Spray
Paul Mitchell Color Care Color Protect Locking Spray $16

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.

Best SPF Hair Mist: Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protector
Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protector $24

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.

Best SPF Hair Mist: Aussie Miracle Leave In Spray UV Spritz Filter
Aussie Miracle Leave-In Spray UV Spritz Filter $12

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.

Best SPF Hair Mist: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer $21

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. 

Best SPF Hair Mist: Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil $15

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.

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