Seriously, do we you really need sunscreen for your scalp? The answer is YES YES YES! The scalp is the most overlooked place when it comes to applying sunscreen. The truth is…sunburn on your scalp is no joke. It is painful, uncomfortable and unsightly. Like sunburn on other areas of your body, your scalp will peel and become itchy, red and tender. Sunburn can make your scalp very sensitive to water and other products that you would normally apply to your hair. Most importantly, your scalp is still susceptible to cancer so sunscreen is a definite must if you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time.
Here are my top picks for sunscreen for your scalp. Most are made specifically for your scalp so it is perfect in that in won’t leave residue in your hair or make your hair uber oily and unruly.
Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30 $35 – This product is free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. This sunscreen is very versatile and can be used on your hair and body. It is the perfect product to throw in your beach bag. The best thing about this product is that it is lightweight, dry oil and doesn’t leave that greasy after feel.
bareMINERALS SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen $12 – This sunscreen can also be used on your skin or scalp. I like this one because it is a powder. It is great to sweep on the middle of your crown. It is great for those who already have oily hair and is afraid to add more products. This product is also very blendable and the applicator makes it so easy to use on your hairline.
Banana Boat SPF 30 Quik Dry Sport Body & Scalp Sunblock $7 – This product is specifically made for those who play sports and will be outdoors for an extended period of time. It is sweat-proof, waterproof, rub-resistant and leaves no residue. This product also dries quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. This one is uber affordable and can be picked up at your local drug store.
Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16 $30 – I just love Shiseido products. This product is awesome. It is a very lightweight spray that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The formula is very light and doesn’t leave a sticky feel. Best thing about this product is the ease of application. The bottle can be sprayed even when held upside down. How cool is that?
Bosley Healthy Hair Scalp Protect SPF 20 $32 – This product is designed specifically to protect your scalp. It is alcohol-free and the formula is very lightweight. It doesn’t leave your hair oily or leave a white film. It contains and LifeXtend Complex which is great for hair preservation, growth and restoration.
Nioxin System 2 Scalp Treatment $25 – – I love this product because it does wonders for your scalp while also providing sun protection. Nioxin is a brand known for helping those restore their hair and it also promotes hair growth. The scalp treatment is a volumizer meant for fine or thinning hair. It provides vitamins to the scalp while also leaving an SPF 15.
Dermatouch Sun Smart Hair and Scalp Shield $25 – This product is also designed specifically for your hair and scalp. It is natural and paraben-free and protects your scalp and hair from the sun while also making your hair healthier.
Remember your scalp also needs protection from the sun! I hope this list helps in giving you options for sun protection for your scalp.
<3 Krista Theresa