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Protecting Your Hair From Summer: 5 Essential Tips for Healthy Beach Hair

I don’t know about everyone else, but my hair at the beach is tragic. It gets matted and frizzy at the same time. Is that possible? Yes. Yes it is.

For all of you in the same boat. Here are my top 5 tips that have helped me get my hair under control.

1. Braid your hair. Nothing crazy, just a simple braid that you can recreate easily. I have tried cute sassy braids and a few powerful waves will leave you wishing you could restyle and the last thing you want to do at the beach all day is fuss with your hair.

2. Wear a hat. This is especially important when protecting hair color. It’s easy and if your hair looks horrible, just shove it the hat and no one will be the wiser.

3. Use a wide tooth comb. One of the biggest mistakes I see when at the beach is people that bring brushes or fine tooth combs. Not only is a wide tooth comb much less painful, it’s less damaging to your hair and takes up less space in your bag.

4. Use the right product. You use sunscreen for your body, using the right product for your hair is just as important. I prefer to use Aveda Protective Hair Veil or  Bumble and Bumble Leave In.

5. Wet your hair before getting in the water. Use a spray bottle or the beach shower and get your hair wet with tap water before going into the ocean (or pool). I like to get mine wet, add my leave in conditioner and then get in. It makes you hair much more manageable.

 

My Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Bargains

I love to go to Sephora and walk around. I usually start with a few things in my hand and very slowly start to put them back on the shelves. This whole process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and I walk out with nothing. There are somethings I will never give up, things like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Nars bronzer, but some things are also so expensive! It’s not even the amount of money, it’s that I know I could get the same for less, while that’s not true with every product out there, I think there are suitable substitutions at any local drugstore. Here are my top five drugstore beauty products that I can’t live without!

1. Sinful Colors Nail Polish – I love to get these and really trendy colors. For the classics, I suggest paying a little more, but you can’t beat $1.99 for neon!

2. Olay Pro X - I have had my eye on a Clarisonic forever. My skin is super temperamental, so I didn’t want to spend $100+ on a product I wasn’t 100% on. I bought the Olay Pro X with the intention of upgrading to a Clarisonic. But, wow, my skin is completely different. I have used it for a little over a month now, twice a day. I did break out for a week or so after I started using it, but my skin has cleared up and is glowing. I don’t see the point of paying more, so I’m going to stick with it. I don’t use the cleanser, I found it too abrasive so I switched out for my Cetafil cleanser.

3. L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Caring Coral - I was so sad to find my favorite lip gloss (don’t laugh) Wet N’ Wild’s AmazeMint was discontinued. I picked this up, thinking it would just have to do. Well, I am obsessed. I like lip color, but I hate feeling like I have too much on. This is perfect, it’s like a tinted chapstick only better, and it has SPF 15. I’m sold!

4. Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara - I had been back and forth through different higher end brands and it seemed pointless. It’s kind of hard for me to tell the difference between mascaras, so I grabbed this because it was a little more heavy-duty than the Maybelline Great Lash and haven’t looked back.

5. Cetafil Daily Facial Cleanser - Cetafil and I have a long history. I used it in high school and then as I got older migrated to more high-end brands. After buying a $65 face wash, that somehow managed to make my skin look worse than it already was, I decided to go back to the basics. I had to ask myself, what was I doing when my skin was at it’s best? What am I doing differently. So, I recreated my high school routine and adjusted from there. Every once in a while I get a little ballsy and try something new, but it never lives up to expectations (or the price tag) so I just go back. I’ve used both the Daily Facial Cleanser and the Gentle Cleanser and both are great!

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