By now we all know, even as melanin-infused beauties, we too need a sunscreen at a minimum SPF 30 to protect our gorgeous brown skin from the sun’s harsh glare.

But the truth is, so does our hair!

Loads of products have hit the market for tress sun protection. But how in the hell does it work and why is it necessary?

We get down to the bottom of it!

Ever spend a day in the sun? Maybe at the beach or at a hot day party on someone’s exclusive rooftop, and days later, you notice your hair looks super dull, your hair color is faded and your strands feel dry? There’s a good chance your hair has been damaged by the sun.

“The summer brings wind, chlorination, and salt water produce free radicals which attack hair fiber,” Ric Pipino for Alterna Haircare tells Teen Vogue.

These woes (and not cool rolling in my six with my woes) all put your coveted strands at risk for breakage and major hair damage.

And if you’re thinking sun damage only affects ladies with highlights and hair color, you’re dead wrong! Hair color makes sun damage more noticeable but the sun’s reckless rays comes for everyone’s scalp! If your hair is natural, your strands are even more at risk! 

Sacha Mitic, founder of Sachajuan warns, “The sun’s rays bleach both artificial and natural pigments. It’s important to stay protected when you’re outside for long periods,”

So what can you do about it ahead of Fourth of July weekend?

Look for products infused with UVA (the long waves) and UVB (the short waves). These act as filters preventing the sun from hovering over our heads.

Mitic advises to use the UVA/UVB-packed product by working it from your roots—scalp-included— down to the ends of your hair strands.

Experienced major sun damage on your hair recently? There’s an easy fix!

Use an overnight treatment set with conditioners and natural oils with maximum moisture.

Here’s our fool-proof list of UVA/UVB-infused products you need in your summer beauty arsenal now!

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Aveda ‘Sun Care’ Protective Hair Veil, $28 at Nordstrom

Bumble and Bumble Bb Creme de Coco Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Conditioner, $27 at Sephora

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Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste, $46.59 at Amazon

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