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The warm months are slowly arriving and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to stock up on those summer necessities to protect your fair, freckled skin. It may seem like one day you’re wearing a winter hat because of the blistering cold, and the next, you’re comfortably wearing a t-shirt under sunny skies. During this season transition, it can be  overwhelming to figure out exactly what you need to say extra sun protected (when the temperatures finally stay consistent) while, of course, letting your red hair shine.

Here’s our top 10 must-have ‘redhead friendly’ essentials to rock this spring and summer:

1. Sunscreen for your body + face: This is a must (and#1) for any redhead’s skin, no matter the season. Apply throughout the day, and don’t forget your hands, back of your ears and legs and toes.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Yes To Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

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2. Sunscreen for your hair: Don’t forget that the sun can damage your red hair and cause fading. Using a product with SPF will not only protect your hair, but it’ll protect your scalp from getting burned too. Spray onto red locks before, during and after the sun.

Read more on How Redheads Should Deal with a Scalp Sunburn

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray for Body/Hair SPF 16

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3. Stylish hat: It must do two things 1) Keep your red hair protected 2) Keep your red hair looking oh-so-fabulous.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Target Women’s Floppy Hat with Colorblocking – Black Combo

sun_hat_for_redheads_summertime_how_to_be_a_redhead4. Brightly colored headscarf: Just like sunscreen, a head scarf is essential for protecting your red hair from the sun.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Marc Jacobs – Arrow Head Scarf (Kiss Multi) Scarf

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5. Sunglasses: The lighter your eyes are, the more sensitive you are the light. That’s why it’s very important to protect your eyes while outside by wearing sunglasses.

Read more on why it’s important for redheads to wear sunglasses

And, if you didn’t know already: red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Ray-Ban – RB3025 Original Aviator Polarized 58mm
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6. Bathing Suit: Make sure the one you choose gives you the most confidence. Let your bathing suit represent your style!

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: J.Crew Womens V-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit

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7. The How to be a Redhead Tank: I mean, why not? [wink face emoji]

redhead_tank_top8. SPF Makeup: Make sure your foundation and creams contain SPF. This will guarantee even more sun protection.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30

spf_makeup_for_redheads_colorscience_how_to_be_a_redhead9. UPF Dress : UPF Clothing simply means it contains SPF. Why not rock a pretty dress with built-in sunscreen in the actual clothing?! Sign us up.

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: Athleta Aqualuxe Print Swim Dress

upf_dress_for_redheads_summer_how_to_be_a_redhead10. Beach Bag: To keep all these essentials in!

Our ‘Redhead Friendly’ favorite: H&M Shopper

hmprodWhich items will you be rockin’ this spring/summer season ahead? Share below. Rock it like a Redhead!