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Best Hair Products for Summer

Protect Hair From the Sun With These Top Picks


If you spend a lot of money coloring your hair, be careful in summertime, because there are a few summer factors that will cause your hair to fade faster: The sun, chlorine and water. It's not just your skin that needs sun protection, your hair does too. Wear a hat when out in the sun, always put sunscreen on the party in your hair and when you find yourself getting into the pool or the water, make sure to protect your hair with summer's secret weapons. Here, I show you a bevy of the best stuff on the market to protect your hair this summer.

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Rene Furterer Summer Oil

This is a great product to have on hand if you have colored hair that you should protect from the sun, chlorine or salt water (the sun bleaches out colored hair). Rene Furterer's Summer Oil contains sesame oil, which is a natural product that protects the hair's cuticles. This product also contains UV sunscreen. What's more -- it's waterproof. Hooray for that! Make sure to comb enough of this product through hair for best protection.

Bumble and Bumble Leave-In Conditioner

Use a couple drops of this on hair before you head out for the day. Apply drops to hands and palm through damp, freshly-washed hair. Pull hair back in a loose bun and head out to the beach or pool for the day. You'll love the sheen the conditioner gives your hair. At the end of the day, either rinse out conditioner or let hair down into loose waves. This product works best on dry, damaged or processed hair and helps tame frizz. It's not great on oily hair.

L'Oreal Paris Vive-Pro Smooth Intense Shampoo & Conditioner

This is a great summer drugstore buy. The L'Oreal Vive Pro shampoo and conditioners have UV filters so they protect hair against sun damage. What's more, they are super cheap. This is a favorite of hairstylist Garren, who plugged the products in Allure Magazine.

Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray

Spray Phyto's protective beach spray on hair before you hit the beach and afterwards. Not only does it protect hair from summer's harshest elements, it restores hair at the end of the day. Great for fragile, damaged hair.

Terax Finishing Spray

This lightweight hairspray contains UV protectants, so you can spray over hair before heading out into the day. Great for protecting colored hair and highlights. The perfect hairspray for summer.

Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Shampoo

This shampoo works wonders on chlorine-tainted blonde hair. Get the green out by washing with this gentle cleanser which removes oxidized minerals and chloring, found in both your regular tap water AND the pool. If you use this shampoo you won't have to worry about your blonde hair turning green. This shampoo won't strip your hair coloring either, because it contains no peroxide or color. Plus, it's cheap, running you about $7 at drugstores.

V8 Tomato Juice

How's this for a natural way to protect hair in the summer? Any tomato juice works great for getting rid of the "green" chlorine hair that dyed blondes tend to get. Simply rinse hair with tomato juice after you leave the pool. Leave for a couple minutes and then rinse. The red neutralizes the green.

Make Your Own UV Hair Spray Using Sunscreen

You can make your own UV hair product by mixing 2 teaspoons of sunscreen SPF 30 (like Alba sunscreen pictured here) with a cup of water. Put this into a spray bottle and spray damp hair. Run a comb through and you're good to go. Recipe courtesy of Women's Hair Guide Kendra Aarhus. Read more of her hair and UV tips in her article on UV protection.

Redken UV Rescue Brunette Guard & Blonde Guard

To keep your hair color safe from the sun, consider wearing a scarf, cap or a UV-shielding cream. Redken makes a wonderful UV-shielding cream formulated for brunettes and blondes. They are Redken's UV Rescue Brunette Guard and Blonde Guard.



Fekkai SunShine Shield Spray

While sun is bad, water is actually the main cause of hair color fading, according to Christine Hall, a researcher with John Frieda Salon in Allure Magazine. "It penetrates the hair and dissolves the dye, causing it to rinse right out."

To keep your hair safe from the effects of pool water, freshwater lakes or the ocean, you can wear a pool cap while swimming, or rinse hair right away after you leave the water. You can also protect your hair with a sun shield, like Fekkai SunShine Shield Spray.

My Top 10 Summer Beauty Tips

For more information on protecting your hair, skin and face in summer, including how to keep your eyeshadow from melting into your eyelid crease and how to keep hair from frizzing, check out my article, 10 Summer Beauty Tips.

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