7 Products That Will Protect Your Hair From Summer Fun

Don’t let salt and sun wreak havoc on those lovely locks

Sweltering temps are on their way, and being a Valley girl, not only am I stuck figuring out which SPF will actually stay matte and which liquid eyeliner will stay put, but I’m also taking a second look at my arsenal of hair products. Most women don’t realize how the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage unprotected hair as easily as it damages skin. Also, while we rarely experience humidity here in L.A., there’s still one thing keeping me from bouncy beach-hair perfection: weekly dips in chlorine-rich and salted waters that fry my locks.

Split ends suck. Sure, the tattered wisps I can handle with a quick trim, but when I spend into the triple digits for my painstakingly blended caramel highlights every six weeks, the last thing I want to see is the color fade immediately under the scorching sun. And because I’m really not the type of girl who gets into the science behind follicular chemistry and cuticle control, I don’t have a serious edge when it comes to picking out good hair-care products from the shelves of Sephora.

Celeb stylist Jessica Pierce—a 15-year industry veteran who has styled the tresses of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Mark Wahlberg—says we should definitely change up the routine: “In the summer, our own scalp will increase its natural oils from our body due to warmer weather. Hair tends to be grow faster in summer as well because of the oils, and that heavy conditioner that our hair and scalp needed to keep our locks from being dry and brittle in the winter will only make your hair more oily and flat.”

UV damage is one thing, but add to it pool and ocean water? “Salt becomes hard water in your hair, leaving unwanted mineral deposits onto your locks,” says Pierce. “And chlorine is a chemical harsh enough to turn blonde hair into muddy green strands.”

It’s already June, so don’t dillydally. Here are seven different ways to crank up the moisture in your hair-care routine without weighing it down. All of these deliver on their promise of getting rid of unwanted frizziness, damage, and tangles.

A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.