13 Pros Weigh in on the Best Beach Hair Products: Mists, Masks, and More

The 12 Best Beach Hair Products According to the Pros
Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, June 2003

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A day at the beach may be the epitome of warm, easy summer living, but there's work to be done when it comes to keeping your hair safe from the elements. To protect strands from the sun's harmful UV rays and counteract the salty ocean water that leaves strands parched, while also optimizing your texture for your desired air-dried results, you've got to have the right beach hair products in tow. Here, 13 pros weigh in the best beach hair products, from protective mists to rich, leave-in conditioning treatments.

Naeemah LaFond

Amika Supernova Moisture and Shine Cream


“We often don’t address coily natural hair when we talk about ‘beach hair,’ but we certainly should since all hair is beach hair. Where straighter and wavy textures tend to embrace the dryness that comes with being exposed to sun and salt water in creating loose wavy tresses, coils need to retain moisture in order to prevent damage. Before hitting the beach, it’s best to pre-treat the hair by saturating it with water and using a conditioning and moisture-rich product like the Amika Supernova Moisture and Shine Cream to lock in the moisture. Just as you would reapply sunscreen, you can reapply the Super Nova throughout the day to combat the drying effects of sun exposure.”

Adam Campbell and Matt Rez

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask


“The K18 leave-in Molecular Repair mask is a great product for beach aftercare and something we regularly use on clients to protect them from the summer elements. It repairs?hair?from the sun, heat, and saltwater, as well as color and styling damage, and restores its shine and elasticity. It’s applied after shampooing in place of a leave-in conditioner, then combed through damp?hair?and allowed to penetrate for four minutes before resuming regular?hair?activities.”

Dhiran Mistry

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Oil


“The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Oil is a beach must-have that has many benefits for all hair types. I always tell my clients that it doesn’t really matter if your hair looks ‘greasy or wet’ as you are on the beach anyways. I like to add this oil and braid the hair—this way the hair doesn’t have a chance to get all knotted with salt and sand, while the leave-in treatment gets to work on your hair. It’s a no brainer! The hair will be softer and silkier. It contains camelia oil, which helps keep the hair moist and supple, and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that can maintain your scalp health, nourish the hair follicles, and keep your hair healthy. Not only that, but it also contains UV protection, which is important because the sun's rays can make the hair weaker, dryer, rougher, and can cause color fading.”

Jillian Halouska

R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner


“Leave-in conditioners and a blow dryer are my weapons to make?beach?waves. I love slightly spritzing the?hair?with R+Co Sun Catcher, adding a diffuser with high heat to add humidity, then removing and adding a shot of cool to replicate the wind to naturally tousle the?hair. The Sun Catcher is such a gem for so many reasons. It helps maintain moisture, wards off frizziness, keeps the structure of your texture intact, can be used for ponytails braids, or buns, aids in detangling the hair, and helps to style and manage?hair?despite the wind, sand, and sea.”

Vernon Fran?ois

Vernon Fran?ois Mist Nourishing Water


SwirlyCurly Satin Head Scarf Set


“My beach hair essential is a silk scarf to cover the hair, hairline, and nape, with a spritz all over first of my Vernon Fran?ois Mist Nourishing Water for all hair textures—kinky, coily, curly, wavy and straight—for added moisture, hydration, and protection from the elements. I like that scarves can be worn in multiple ways, as a turban, head wrap, or bandana, tied at the front, side of back of the head, with the ends loose or tucked in, and come in a print or color that complements or contrasts your swimwear. It’s versatile, practical, protective, and stylish. It also takes up less space in your bag than a full hat! @SwirlyCurlyHair is Black woman-owned and offers really nice protective hair scarves.”

Mara Roszak

RōZ Santa Lucia Styling Oil


“The RōZ Santa Lucia styling oil is the only?hair?product I bring with me to the?beach. While I do like the way my?hair?looks with a bit of ocean humidity, I don’t love the way it feels—dry and crunchy. The salt water enhances my waves and gives them a defined separation, but it can leave me with a dull, matte look and feel. The styling oil adds the smoothing soft shine to the defined salty?beach?texture.?I often re-apply a pump or two on my ends and mid-lengths as my?hair?starts to frizz from the humidity or feels dry from the ocean water and sandy?beach. RōZ’s fresh, herbacious scent is also magic in the breezy?beach?air.”


TRESemmé Flawless Curls Refresher Spray


“I'm such a fan of TRESemme's Flawless Curls Refresh leave-in conditioner because it hydrates, defines, and is lightweight. It revitalizes your texture with nourishing [ingredients like] coconut and avocado. I recommend lightly misting the hair in an upside down position, then right side up. Shake, and then go!”

Jenny Cho

R+Co On a Cloud Baobab Oil Repair Splash on Styler


“There’s nothing I love more than beachy,?wind-blown body and texture, but sometimes the salt water or even the wind can lead to brittle or tangles in the?hair?that cause breakage. To protect the hair, I layer on a hydrating product—anything that has moisture to provide extra softness and hydration to prevent?hair?snapping or breaking. I love the R+Co On a Cloud Baobab Oil Repair Splash on Styler, which is a lightweight cream that can be applied on dry, damp, or towel-dried?hair?all over.?It's also small enough to carry in your?beach?bag. The baobab oil protein helps rebuild?hair?bonds all day, sealing in the cuticle to prevent frizz and add softness all day at the?beach.”

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, June 2003?

Riawna Capri

In Common Magic Myst Universal Hair Elixir


“Top of the top for me is?In Common’s Magic Myst, which is a wonderful spray that [enhances] your natural texture. All you have to do is scrunch and go! It’s also like vitamins for your?hair. It really does everything?you’d want to help combat any damage you’d get from the sun and salt water. It hydrates, strengthens, protects against UV rays, environmental stressors, and heat, and detangles and defrizzes. It also smells like heaven and it comes in a?mini travel, on-the-go size?that’s easy to bring to the?beach.”

Johnnie Sapong

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté


“Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beaute oil is pure magic for the hair—liquid gold in a bottle! It’s a great detangler and gives the?hair?a beautiful shine. It also provides protection from?the harsh effects of sun and salt water. You can use it on wet or dry mid-lengths and ends, as well as your body to hydrate the skin!”

Mischa G

Cult + King Tonik


Baggu Packable Sun Hat


“The Cult & King Tonik is an herbal conditioner and scalp potion that conditions, balances hair and skin pH, and is a gentle exfoliator. It’s perfect for beach days because it has a cooling and tingling effect, and also adds a light conditioning coat to the hair to protect it from salt water and sun. I also always love having a protective sun hat, but they’re usually bulky and can be crushed. The Baggu one folds up neatly?into a zipper pouch and can be stored in your beach bag.?It comes in super fun?colors (my favorites are poppy and adobe!) and has a wide brim and adjustable chin straps.”

Bryce Scarlett

MoroccanOil Treatment


“When I go to the beach, I always bring a nice hair oil, like the Moroccanoil Treatment. I apply some before and after swimming—it gives some protection from the salt water and helps prevent tangling after. The combination of the oil and salt water gives a great textured dry!”