As the weather starts getting warmer and we all look forward to spending more time outside in the sun, you’ve probably started thinking about how to protect your skin from the sun. But it’s important that you also think about your hair, as well. All of us ladies with dark hair know that it can be painful to endure overheated strands during the warmer months, but did you know that extra sweating isn’t the only side effect of sun in your hair? You also have to consider any potential sun damage you might be getting on both your hair and scalp when you enjoy your time out and about. Be sure to protect against this damage and repair any existing damage with these tips and tricks.

Try covering it up

A surefire way to keep your hair out of the sun is to protect it physically. Try sticking on a scarf or hat on to keep the rays from hitting your head. This is especially important if you have a part that is prone to getting burned!

Banana Republic Large Square Silk Scarf, $44

A New Day Women’s Floppy Hat, $13

Protect with product

If you’re wanting to show off your locks without covering up, try using a spray-on mask that will help add moisture and also provide UV protection.

Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Thermal Styling Sauce, $6

Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Detangling Spray, $14

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray, $22

  • Repair with a mask

If the damage has already been done, it’s important to do some repairing with a mask that’s targeted to deep conditioning and moisturizing to deal with the dryness.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, $10

Sun Bum Beach Formula Conditioning Masque, $17

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, $25