Best Sunscreen Protection For Your Hair And Scalp

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How to Protect Your Hair and Scalp From the Sun

This is by far the best sunscreen advice I’ve heard;  “The best sunscreen is anything that you will actually use generously and according to label directions.”

I’ll admit, the best sunscreen for your hair and scalp is probably subjective, not unlike that for other parts of your body, but the best sunscreen for your hair and scalp WILL be the one you use! And, when it comes finding one you like it should be affective, easy to use, non-greasy and one that won’t weigh down your hair.

Women are more apt to buy hair products formulated to protect their hair color from fading rather than for sunscreen protection for their hair and scalp. But the scalp is as vulnerable to burning as any other exposed areas of skin.  A sunburned scalp is not only painful but a badly burned scalp can contribute to hair loss.

According to Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, “Too much exposure to both UVA and UVB rays raises your risk of skin tumors, including a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light. SPF stands for sun protection factor. This is a measure of how well the sunscreen deflects UVB rays. Currently, there’s no standard for measuring UVA protection.”

Manufacturers keep coming up with new applications for sunscreens and some are more scalp-friendly than others. Sunscreens come in gels, creams, sticks, sprays and powders. The rule of thumb is to look for broad-spectrum coverage with UVA/UVB protection and a SPF of at least 15.

These sunscreen products for the hair and scalp make our “best of” list because they are the easiest to apply and carry all the protection you need!

Aveda Sun Care Protective Sun Care Sunscreen in hair

This sunscreen for the hair was voted by hundreds of hairdressers as their favorite. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
is lightweight, water-resistant UVA/UVB protectant. Full of certified organic oils and vitamins, the reviews speak for themselves. Although it’s a bit pricier than the others, clients love this for the way it protects hair color and gives shine and body to their hair.

Bare Escentuals SPF 30 mineral powder Sunscreen in Hair

Powder –  What is great about Bare Escentuals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen is that it shields against UVA/UVB rays is easy to use and fit’s nicely in your purse. It’s oil free formulated for use all over your body, but can also be easily swept over a part line or thinning area of the scalp. It’s oil free, so just rub it in to blend.

L'oreal Ever Pure Protect Hair Spray Rosemary Mint Sunscreen in hair


This is a great buy! L’oreal Ever Pure Protect Hair Spray Rosemary Mint is a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protect spray with the added bonus of being sulfate free. That means it’s extra gentle on your hair and helps to reduce fading of hair color. Lot’s of good reviews on this lightweight hair spray!

Bananna Boat Quick Dry Sunscreen in hair

This is a fabulous buy for your buck! Bannana Boat Quick Dry Sport Body and Scalp Sunblock Spray is an SPF 30, broad spectrum protectant with the added bonus of being water resistant. It’s a non-greasy formula that is clear and won’t rub out. Dermatologists tell us not to rely on the idea that “waterproof” means total protection for water babies, so it’s  still a good idea to respray if you’re in and out of the water during the day.

If you’ve ever experienced a sunburned scalp, you know it’s worth your while to protect that from happening again. Along with a sunscreen in hair protectant . . . an adorable wide brimmed hat is my favorite defense against the sun, it’s good for protecting my colored hair as well as my scalp.