The Best Sunscreens for Preventing Scalp Burns

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When we say you should be applying sunscreen head to toe, we mean it. There are a few spots that are often forgotten when applying sun protection, like the ears and scalp. Scalp protection is especially important for those with thinning hair or bald heads, but it’s essential for everyone. It might surprise you to learn that 13 percent of all skin cancers are on the scalp. Keep your scalp skin safe from burns and apply these products to your part or any other sparse hair areas on your head.

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COOLA Scalp and Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF ($28)

This water-resistant ocean-scented SPF mist is lightweight, so it won’t mess with your hair. It also features color-protecting ingredients to help prevent UV-related fading.

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Supergoop Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF 35 ($34)

This broad-spectrum 100-percent mineral sunscreen is specifically meant for the part in your hair. Reviewers say it also adds volume to your hair, and we love a multitasker.

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Sun Bum Scalp & Hair Mist SPF 30 ($18)

Lightweight and fast-drying, this sunscreen looks and feels invisible while keeping the scalp and hair safe from the sun.

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Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($40)

This spray might be made to protect strands, but it can also keep your scalp safe at the same time. The water-resistant UV defense mist forms an invisible veil to protect hair from sun exposure. The UVA/UVB filters derived from wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils help protect hair from the drying effects of the sun.

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HeadBlade HeadLube SPF 50+ Sunscreen For Your Head ($13)

For our bald friends, we recommend slathering this sunscreen-moisturizer hybrid on your head. HeadBlade knows bald heads, so they know how to create a sunscreen tailored to them. Reviewers say it blends nicely, and they haven’t experienced a burn at all while using it.

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Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($69)

This brush-on powder sunscreen is super easy to apply anywhere. It’s also the only powder sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for active use.

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Award Photo: Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
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Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30 ($17)

Hawaiian Tropic’s translucent powder is great to have handy for applying and reapplying to both the scalp and face. It also absorbs excess oil, so it’s a great option for those on the oilier side.


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