The Best Products to Help Repair Your Hair from Sun Damage

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It’s hard not to luxuriate in the sunshine all summer, especially if you live in a place that’s covered with snow half of the year. Unfortunately, UV rays can wreak havoc on all hair types no matter where you live.

Too much exposure to sunlight demolishes hair proteins and weakens follicles. Fine locks and light-colored strands are more susceptible than thick or dark hair because the sun attacks from the outside and works its way in. On the other hand, ever wonder why darker strands look sun-kissed come September? That’s pigment damage from your hair working overtime to retain as much protein as possible.

Ergo, no matter what your hair type, sun exposure leads to dry, brittle, dull locks. Not fun to see. Even less fun to style. That’s why you need to invest in products designed specifically to rebuild those proteins, nourish damaged strands and bring your luscious locks back to their original splendor. Here are the top products, starting with cleansers, for a solid routine that will have you loving your hair again in no time.


Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo

Seaweed extract is the secret ingredient here. It infuses locks with proteins, vitamins and minerals to strengthen and naturally hydrate.


OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo

If you see a lot of flyaways, chances are your hair is experiencing breakage. This shampoo targets weak points with keratin proteins.


L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner

L’Oréal promises two times more nourishment with this formula that features camellia and sunflower oils.


Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner

Oil-based products should gently soften hair, not weigh it down, and this does the trick.


Pantene Pro-V Nutrient Boost Heat Primer

It’s important not to skip this step, as a heat protectant prepares your hair and prevents future damage or frizz.


It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Enter keratin. Spraying dry or damp strands with this product instantly works to rebuild protein levels.


Unite 7Seconds Leave-In Detangler

After washing, conditioning and (gently) towel drying, spritz on a detangler with leave-in conditioner.


TRESemmé Expert Selection Heat Protection Spray

Now for the double whammy: Set up a good defense with heat protection plus keratin.


Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Originale Hair Oil

Now that your hair is detangled, run a serum or oil through damp strands for further protection and added luster.


OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Penetrating Oil

This oil will make your hair shine like it’s never even seen the sun.


BioSilk Silk Therapy Trio

This trio works together to cleanse, remove buildup (without stripping the good oils) and repair any damage moving forward.


John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum

For those heads full of wildly unruly or coarse hair, this serum is calling your name.


Living Proof Restore Hair Mask Treatment

Now for the masks. Some masks can be left in overnight, but this one should only stay on hair for a few minutes.


SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

Antioxidant-rich fig keeps curly, coily hair looking vibrant and lustrous with vitamin C.


Maui Moisture Coconut Hair Oil Curl Smoothie

Leave this mask on for a few minutes or watch a movie and paint your toes while this stuff works its magic.

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