5 Ways to Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Hair & Beauty
Protect Your Wedding Hair from Sun Damage

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Sun-kissed strands may sound gorgeous and goddess-like, but that UV exposure can create dry, damaged hair, too. (Not exactly what you want for your wedding!) "The sun acts like a bleach, causing discoloration, and making hair weak, hard to manage, frizzy, and brittle," says New York hair stylist Marc Mena. That's why, just like with your skin, your hair needs UV protection, too. Here are five ways to shield it this summer.

1. Prep
We love Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer. This UV-protective combo of six featherlight oils — including coconut and argan — goes on damp hair to soften and moisturize, while it defends against sun exposure. ($27, available at Bumble and Bumble)

2. Protect.
Before styling, apply a heat protectant like Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter, to help keep hair from getting fried. ($30, available at Drybar)

See More: 5 Hair Mistakes to Stop Making Before Your Wedding Day

3. Re-apply
Going for a quick dip in the pool? Don't forget to put on more hair product afterwards, just as you would reapply sunscreen. One of our faves: PHYTO Paris Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil, a light, easy-to-apply spray which adds shine to your locks while it protects hair from sun and chlorine. ($30, available at Sephora)

4. Restore
After a day in the sun, revive your dehydrated, weather-ravaged locks with an after-sun cream like Fekkai Après Soleil Crème, which smooths, repairs, and hydrates. ($20, available at Fekkai)

5. Treat
Deep conditioning does wonders for transforming dry, brittle hair! Once or twice a week, massage on a super-rich mask like Oribe Signature Moisture Masque and let it sit for five to 30 minutes. ($59, available at Oribe)

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