Summer hair heroes

Beachy waves and sunnier pool days can sometimes mean chaos for your hair and scalp.

Heated wavers and crimpers can play havoc with your colour and the sun itself is a major colour fader. Apart from wearing a wide brimmed hat and sitting under a brolly, is there anything else you can do? Of course, there is! Here are the top poolside products for all hair types.


Aveda has 3 stellar products for sun protection and even has hair after sun.

Its Sun Care Protective Hair Veil (€28.50, 100ml) is a lightweight, water-resistant UV defence mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, to minimise colour fading, damage and dryness. It is lovely to use while sitting by the pool and will definitely offer you protection from fade and scorching. It smells so nice and isn’t too heavy. Aveda’s Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser (€25.50, 250ml) is a colour-safe formula with corn-derived chelator that will gently remove chlorine, salt and product residue. Tamanu oil and organic coconut oil help maintain moisture balance. It also has green tea, certified organic sunflower oil and vitamin E. For all hair types, it will remove grease and grime from your hair and body and is suitable for the whole family.

Aveda After Sun Treatment Masque (€32, 125ml) is an intensive cream masque that restores sun-exposed hair, moisturises, and helps defend against free radicals. It’s an after-sun formula with morikue protein and also has tamanu oil and certified organic coconut oil that moisturise sun-exposed hair. I found this left my hair feeling healthy even post-holiday so I didn’t waste any. It’s for all hair types.


As our scalp is one of the areas most exposed to the sun on a day-to-day basis, take it 1 step further than just protecting the top of your head with your wide brimmed straw sun hat, and apply the Voduz Sun Scalp SPF 50 Sun Cream (€18.95).

It is enriched with active ingredients that will protect the scalp and hairline as you take a dip in the pool or relax poolside. The creamy formula’s summer scent will transport you to a balmy oasis surrounded by sun, sea and palm trees, making sure you are ready with no sunburnt scalp on the horizon. Simply apply a small amount of product to the hairline and scalp, making sure to massage all of the product in - an added relaxing bonus!

For the ultimate haircare defence, try the Voduz Sun Saviour UV Conditioning Oil (RRP €17.95). Working to keep the scalp and hair hydrated and protect against UV rays, chlorine, minerals and salts, this oil is enriched with argan, baobab, and jojoba oils for maximum hydration and moisture as you bask in the sunshine. Sun Saviour can be applied to both wet and dry hair, every 2-3 hours when in the sun.

If you prefer to add a little glitter to your life, the Voduz Conditioning Oil is also available with added glimmer and glow! The Voduz Sun Shine UV Conditioning Oil (€17.95) has an ultrafine shimmer that will leave you ready to party into the sunset! I love this product because if you apply a little it tames flyaways and is gorgeous on blonde hair, which is always parched in the sun, but can be too fine for a lot of leave in oils and treatments

Luna Hair Care by Lisa Jordan

The Luna Miracle Hair Treatment (€18, 200ml) is a leave-in conditioner that nourishes the hair and repairs damage. Just spray 2-4 times on damp hair and there's no need to rinse. Just leave it to dry naturally or style as desired. It has UVA & UVB protection that nourishes and protects for a radiant shine. It’s a non sticky application that contains vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants.

Eleven Australia

Suited to all hair types, the lightweight leave-in Miracle Hair Treatment and Miracle Spray Hair Treatment (€22, 125ml) delivers 11 benefits your hair will love. This all-in-one hair treatment works to strengthen fragile hair, adds shine, smoothness and softness, protects hair colour with UVA and UVB filters, and protects hair against chlorine and sun damage.