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Sun, chlorine, and salt water can be brutal on your hair when it's hot out, in turn causing your hair color to fade way faster. To avoid this, we recommend wearing a hat when out in the sun, using UV protectant, and always putting sunscreen on the part in your hair—which some products on this list can help with. Whatever kind of hair sunscreen or scalp sunscreen you're looking for, you'll find it here.
When you find yourself getting into the pool, wet your hair thoroughly in fresh water, as the chlorinated water won't soak into already wet hair.
Best Overall: Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 In 1 Leave In Conditioner
There definitely is some product on Amazon more universally high-rated, but Sun Bum's formula ($15) is coming for their title. Almost all of the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. The most cited reasons? It keeps hair smelling amazing and feeling genuinely soft after swimming in the ocean, or even chlorinated pools. A conditioner, detangler, and UV protectant, this spray will keep hair looking beautiful all summer.
Best for Texture: SACHAJUAN Hair In The Sun
For the days in which you want sun protection and to add a little bit of hair texture, Swedish brand Sachajuan has you covered. It has the requisite UV-resistance, which actually stays in your hair long past the time you get out of the water. Even still, unlike many other items on this list, it has a few ingredients that facilitate styling as well, holding just enough in place give you the piecey, beachy hair of your dreams. The cream is actually part of a duo, and is most popularly used with a repair product called Hair After the Sun ($32.)
Best Moisturizer: Verb Ghost Prep
Verb ($18), the cult-favorite haircare brand that has a price point of less than $20 for every single one of its items, made a welcome addition to their "Ghost" line with their Ghost Prep leave-in treatment. Like the Ghost Oil, it moisturizes, but it also primes hair for heat styling and sun exposure. If you can't give up heat styling, or just want an all-in-one product that tames frizz, moisturizes, and provides protection from heat and UV rays, look no further.
Best for Travel: COOLA Scalp & Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30
It should come as no surprise that Coola, a fan-favorite sunscreen brand, have made a Scalp and Hair Mist ($26) that's garnered its own cult following. Not only is it made to work with all hair types, but its SPF 30 helps protect your hair and scalp from UV rays for up to 80 minutes in water. It's small enough to fit through TSA, but big enough you feel you're getting value out of it. Formulated with products like monoi oil and Vitamin B5, Coola's mist is also specifically designed to keep your color fully intact.
Best for Swimming: IGK Blocked Water-Resistant Hair Shield
Formulated with the idea you'll be spending some time in the water, this product ($20) lives up to its name: it blocks out everything. UV rays, chlorine, salt, wind; nothing is getting through this hair shield until you wash it out. It's perfect for any beach bum.
Best for Dry Hair: R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Creme
There are a million-and-one leave-in conditioners out there, and each certainly has their own merit. But you might want to look past the official leave-in category, and look into R+Co's super nourishing High Dive cream ($29). Useful for all hair types, its formula actually wicks moisture out of the air and delivers it into the hair, thanks to Sodium PCA. The shine and antioxidant effects it also gives the hair make it a must-have for anyone with eternally dry hair. It's also UV-resistant, so you don't have to put any products over it.
Best for Colored Hair: Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze
For people with dyed hair, spending time outside in the summer can feel like a terrifying prospect sometimes—largely because the sun has the potential to turn even the most well-toned hair brassy. The absolute last thing you want coming back from vacation is to drop even more money on an emergency trip to the stylist. But fear no more. Living Proof made a color care product just for sun styling ($29). It tones, is water resistant, and UV-resistant; basically all you need is a ticket to a beach destination.
Best Dry Shampoo: Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part and Scalp Powder SPF 45
Part dry shampoo, part UV protectant, Supergoop's long-awaited Poof Part Powder ($34) is perfect for vacations. This is largely because you don't have to worry about your hair looking greasy if you don't wash it. Because sun can be so hard on the hair, it's even more important to stick to your regular washing schedule, even if the possibility of a cute picture makes it seem like you need to wash every night.