It's not just your skin that needs protection from the sun's rays.

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Curl Protection Summer
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We all know that wearing at least SPF 30 outdoors is important when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. But many of us often forget about the toll UVA/UVB exposure can also take on our natural hair.

"UV rays can cause major damage to the hair cuticle," says natural hair expert Candace Witherspoon of the Candace Witherspoon Salon in New York City. "When the sun hits the hair for a long period of time, especially curly hair, it absorbs moisture and melanin. The curls react by becoming brittle and [the color can] fade."

This is why it's vital to include products that not only help to lock in moisture, but also protect your strands from the sun's rays in your routine year-round — especially during summer.

"Summer months are usually harsher because temperatures are higher," the stylist explains.

Luckily, you won't have to do too much heavy lifting when it comes to finding the right products for your hair, because Witherspoon has narrowed down her top three picks below.

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner

Briogeo Leave-In

Haircare brand Briogeo has quickly became a cult-favorite for a good reason: it works. This lightweight leave-in conditioning spray will not only keep your curls soft and bouncy, but coconut and argan oil work together to lock in moisture and prevent frizz. Rosehip oil protects against free-radical damage and UV rays.

To shop: $20;

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Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer

Bumble and bumble UV Spray

If you're into blowouts, you'll definitely want to keep this oil handy. This product not only works as a heat protectant, but it also defends the hair against UV rays. A mix of coconut, argan, and macadamia oils boost the formula to simultaneously fight against breakage, frizz, and dryness as well.

To shop: $28;

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+


For anyone that wants an easy-to-use, three-in-one product, look no further than Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection Spray. The SPF 50+ can be spritzed on the body, face, and hair.

To shop: $40;

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