The good weather is amazing for our social lives, but less so for our hair. Protecting both your scalp and your locks with a hat in this weather is essential. Stay safe – and stylish – in these fashion-forward hat styles.

Although we are loving this Irish summer, constant direct sunlight isn't doing our hair any favours. We all know that sunlight is great for our hair; it helps it to grow and provides Vitamin D which keeps it healthy and strong. But at the same time – just like with our skin – UV rays in the sun are not your BFF.

Preen hair salon artistic director Aoife Bradley advises the best way to protect hair during the summer is to simply keep it covered with a hat. So whether you're into a laid-back baseball cap or a French beret is more your fancy, we have the hat that will add that extra kick to your outfit while keeping your roots away from harm. 

Bucket Hats

Long gone are the days where bucket hats were only for children on holidays or teenagers at festivals. Bucket hats are now a fashion statement. This vintage one from Urban Outfitters will keep your hair away from the sun as well as your eyes shielded from it. 

Bucket hat, €25, Urban Outfitters

Bucket hat, €25, Urban Outfitters

Panama Hats

Big hats are a must-have accessory all summer long, and this ASOS black one will keep your hair protected and help conceal any bad hair days. Win-Win.

Panama hat, €9.68, ASOS

Panama hat, €9.68, ASOS

Straw Hats

If you plan on hitting the beach this summer, a straw hat is a must-have. This straw hat from H&M has some elegant embroidery and is a perfect last-minute item to fling into your suitcase before jetting away. 

Straw hat, €12.99, H&M

Straw hat, €12.99, H&M

Baseball Caps

If it's a laidback look you're going for this summer, a cap is a great choice. These Champion hats are available at Topshop and are a quick option to throw on right as you run out the door. 

Cap hat, €16, Champion at Topshop

Cap hat, €16, Champion at Topshop

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