In 2015, we shared a popular article on dealing with a scalp sunburn and the best scalp sunscreens. Most redheads can all agree: sunburns of any kind are pretty painful. But have you ever experienced a scalp sunburn? Talk about ouch! The redness of the burn may blend in with your red hair, but once the peeling happens, there’s no turning back.
It becomes flaky and itchy –– making it look like you have dandruff. Studies have shown sunburns in adolescence increase your risk of developing melanoma later in life and redheads are more susceptible to melanoma. So it’s no wonder sunscreen and daily protection is extremely important, especially on your scalp. We have to protect our beautiful skin and red hair!
Here are four more scalp sunscreens (broken down by dry/oily/balanced hair types) we’ll carry with us this summer season:
Best for dry red hair:
If your red hair frequently feels brittle to the touch and you struggle with shine, this will be the best option for you.
1. COOLA Organic Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30: An antioxidant-rich, multi-benefit scalp and hair mist that protects from heat, UV rays, and color fading while keeping red hair healthy and moisturized. Simply spray evenly throughout hair and scalp.
Best for oily red hair:
If you feel like you have to frequently wash your hair due to overproduction of oil from the scalp and you do not struggle with shine, these will be the best options for you.
2. SUPERGOOP! Poof 100% Mineral Part and Scalp Powder SPF 45: A 100 percent mineral SPF 45 powder spray that helps you protect your exposed scalp.
3. BRUSH ON BLOCK Translucent Mineral Powder Sunscreen: A natural dry powdered mineral-based SPF 30 sunscreen.
Best for balanced red hair*:
This is another term for normal hair. This also means you have a proper pH balance, it is neither oily or dry. This is the best option for you.
4. Alterna Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray Protective Shine Veil: A leave-in conditioner, frizz-fighting hair mist that adds shine and protects from the sun. Spray onto hands and work throughout your hair.
Rock it like a Redhead!