Summer has officially begun and this calls for lighter, brighter hair. One of our favorite ways to amp up our strands is with some good ol’ hair lightening spray. They’re not for everyone, but we certainly can’t get enough of them during the season. That being said, we’ve made our fair share of mistakes when opting for lightening sprays (i.e. not using ones that were expert-recommended—oops). We’ve since learned the error in our ways and understand the value of listening to the experts. This is our very long-winded way of saying we want you to learn from our past blunders, so we reached out to the experts to discover their top picks when it comes to the best (and safest) hair lightening sprays. Scroll through the list now to find the perfect lightening spray for your needs. We promise there’s one for everyone on this list!
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It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In for Blondes: $19.99
Boho Locs founder Lulu Pierre loves this lightening spray because it offers a little something extra. “It actually doubles as a leave-in conditioner,” she says. “The product will subtly lighten your hair while also preventing frizz, promoting shine, detangling, and leaving your hair incredibly soft.” As its name suggests, it is a miracle.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray: $11.99
“The John Frieda spray is heat-activated, so it’s best to apply it on wet hair and then use a blow dryer to activate the product,” Lulu says. With this lightening spray, it’s al ittle more natural than the others. “The active ingredients are a blend of citrus and chamomile so it offers a more gentle, natural approach to lightening your hair,” Lulu points out.
Oribe Bright Blonde Sun Lightening Hair Mist: $38
Naturally Drenched founder and Maggie Rose Salon owner Jamila Powell recommends this mist for its ability to give you sun-kissed highlights, but also for how well it protects your strands. “If you’re looking for sun-kissed highlights, this is the perfect hair lightening spray for summer,” she raves. “Not only does the mist gradually brighten and lighten your hair, it provides protection from heat damage and the sun’s UV rays. The product also uses a plant-extract blend that will keep your hair hydrated and nourished.”
dpHue Sun & City Mist: $28
Jamila also enjoys this mist, because it’s great for everyday use and incredibly protective. “It’s a lightweight mist that gives your hair protection from damaging UV rays and other environmental pollutants. If your hair is in need of an instant pick-me-up, I would recommend this product because it puts a little bit of life and shine back into your hair,” she says.
dpHue Blonding Brush: $28
New York City-based hairstylist Lauren Grummel‘s favorite lightening spray is actually a lightening brush. “I love dpHUE’s blonding brush,” she exclaims. “It’s super easy to use and offers a controlled application. It’s best used to touch up highlights around your hairline. However, I don’t recommend it for brunettes.”
dpHue Brightening Powder: $30
Lauren shares that this powder is “great for all hair types to remove buildup and pollutants from the hair This will give the hair a ‘brighter,’ refreshed look. It’s especially great for blondes whose hair has picked up any mineral buildup.”