Summer days spent taking a dip in the pool or soaking up some sun at the beach are perfect for showing off those new swimsuits, drinking piña coladas, and catching a tan—but not so much for our hair. Whether it’s the chlorine or saltwater, our locks can become just as reckless as the waves we may crash into. I know firsthand how tangled and trying out-of-water hair can be, especially if you have a lion’s mane like mine. I’ve had my fair share of bad hair moments after a beautiful sunny day, but with plenty of visits to the beach and pool comes experience with how to beat any water blues. Here are my go-to out-of-water hair tips to make sure that there won’t be any clouds raining on your parades anytime soon.
Holy Grail Hair Products Apply a small amount of any of these hair products into your locks for magical results. And if you decide to brush through them, remember that a wet brush or wide tooth comb is your hair’s ultimate BFF.
Must-do Hairstyles No one has time for tangles and knots, so when it comes to rocking your hair after a full day of swimming, you may feel like your locks are limited. Fear not, though! These hairstyles have become my go-to options, no matter how much chlorine there is in a pool. Just spritz one of the amazing hair products in, gently brush it through, and style it for an easy, breezy hairdo.
Steaming cups of your favorite latte and snuggling down inside cozy blankets in front of a roaring fireplace are perfect remedies to beating the cold on a winter’s day, but when it comes to protecting your hair, they don’t do very much. Despite the oversized blanket scarves, knitted headbands, and slouchy beanies that we wear, the cold always seems to find its way right to our hair. Instead of luxurious locks like we see on commercials, we’re left with dry ends, tangled messes, and more bad hair days than we can count. Luckily, Cliché is right here at your rescue—keep your hair protected throughout the winter with hair care tips that will help your hair feel and look refreshed at all times. Featuring two beauty brands, Davines OI and Tara Smith Haircare, that have kept my own locks safe this winter; this post will leave you ready to take on any snow storm with fabulous hair on your head. Hair Care Tip Number One:Conditioner is your best friend. The winter season is a time when your hair is stripped most from moisture and nutrition that it needs; in order to keep it hydrated, conditioner is a must-have product. Lather a creamy conditioner made with natural, moisturizing ingredients with vitamins into your hair, focusing more so on your ends. Davines OI Conditioner works wonders for all kinds of hair, while Tara Smith’s Working Curls Conditioner is a savior for all my fellow curly cues out there. Try adding a deep conditioning mask into your routine once a week as well for extra safety.
Hair Care Tip Number Two:Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be washing your hair as often as you may think. Set it to a maximum of three times a week to keep locks from drying out. When you do give your hair a wash, massage a matching natural shampoo into your scalp that doesn’t strip your hair so much. Davines OI Shampoo, which offers a delicate and creamy consistency, works for all types just as its conditioning companion does. Tara Smith’s Working Curls Shampoo is a perfect first step before using the matching conditioner—I for one know how much shampoo can affect curls. Smith’s formula is made with curls in mind, being free from harsh chemicals and nourishing your hair’s texture.
Hair Care Tip Number Three:Leave-in spray treatments and oils are the extra boost your hair needs. Add shine and softness to your hair with an enriching spray product like Davines OI All In One Milk. Not only does it help detangle any kind of hair you may have, but it smells phenomenal. Once spritzed and disbursed throughout, your hair instantly feels refreshed. When it’s dry, follow up with Davines OI Oil or Tara Smith’s Shining Moment Glosser to really show off your locks in all their healthy, beautiful glory.
Want glorious hair all throughout winter? Get your hands on these products and more from Davines OI and Tara Smith Haircare. Available for purchase at us.davines.comand www.tarasmith.com.
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Among the many endearing nicknames given to us by our friends, family, or ourselves, our curls have been called lion manes, mermaid waves, frizzy fros, and jungle hair. When it comes down to it though, they are simply our curls that we love in their natural state. However, our curls can have a mind of their own, which goes perfectly with how much life they appear to have (on the really good hair days, of course). They can be magnets to humidity during the summer season, which of course equals frizz, the total enemy when it comes to wanting our curls to look and feel just right. Thankfully, there are summer hair care products discovered and tested, by yours truly, that will keep your curls bouncy, frizz-free, and feeling like Sasha Fierce all throughout the season! Grab your favorite pen and notebook to take down these must-have notes on how to rock your curls this summer. Say goodbye to any bad hair day, and hello to the good days with these fun and easy-to-use curlycue essentials.
Over my summer days spent outside basking in the warmth or relaxing on the beach, I’ve come by hair brands that are holy grails in my book. OGX is one such brand that I have been using for years on my curls with no complaints or worries. OGX is all about elevating and helping your natural hair shine in all its glory. It’s made with ingredients that nourish your hair, so there is no going wrong when choosing one of their glorious hair products.
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum has been my all-time favorite ever since my days in elementary school. When it comes to curls, handling them with care is a must, especially when combing because breakage can happen often since hair cuticles face different directions. To help strengthen my curls, stop any hair breakage, and keep frizz at bay, I add a dime-size of this product everyday to my ends. It’s the answer to keeping your curls intact and shining without having to worry about too many strands falling out throughout the day. If you’re also a lover of coconut scents, then you’re sure to love this product even more; it’s coconut heaven for your curls and will easily fit into any hair care routine.
(OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray $7.99, Ulta.com)
OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray is ready to be tossed into any tote for a day spent at the beach. I especially love spritzing this into my curls when I’m basking in the sun to protect them from the heat.Another option you can use to protect your hair from the sun’s rays are any hair care products you may have that are heat protectors; they do the same job just as well! This product not only helps protect your curls, but gives them some more life that the beach atmosphere can easily take away. Saltwater can dry out our curls super quickly, but with a couple of spritz of this you can help hydrate them easily. Personally, I always make sure to pack a bottle of this and a comb into my beach tote before heading off. After I’m done enjoying a dip in the ocean I shake out my curls, working through them softly with my fingers first to get rid of any tangles. Then I spritz some OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray in and comb through my curls until everything is tangle-free. All you have to do after that is scrunch your curls a bit for shape and let them air dry. You’ll have mermaid curls in no time!
During the week for an everyday look I am obsessed with using the L’ORÉAL Evercurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream. On hair washing days (curls shouldn’t be washed everyday, but rather every two or three days) after I comb out my tangles, I add a small amount of this product, scrunch it throughout my curls, and let them air dry. In no time, your curls will begin to shape beautifully and be more defined than normally. This product truly works wonders and leaves your curls feeling bouncy with natural shine. It’s a quick way to create your curls perfectly too when you’re on the go. Just scrunch and let air dry — the magic will happen all on its own.
(TRESEMME Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray $4.99, Ulta.com)
Now, I know hairspray can be a hit or miss when it comes to curls — some make them frizzy, other make them hard, but TRESemmé has never let me down when it comes down to it. The TRESemmé Climate Control Climate Protection Finishing Spray keeps curls frizz-free, intact, and protected from any climate worries. I’ve sprayed this throughout my curls even on rainy days, and they’ve remained fresh and moisturized even against the humidity. Talk about a game changer!
(Simbi Graphic Print Hair Ties $24, www.shop.nordstrom.com)
On days when the heat is just too much, I opt for hair accessories to save the day. Work that up-do, girl! I find fabric hairbands to be the most delicate for curls unlike rubber bands that can snag easily and deconstruct them. Hairbands with fabric textures are much softer on curls, allowing them to still keep their bounce if you let them be free. The best part is that they don’t get lost in our manes either and come in a variety of designs to rock as well. You can accessorize these even more if you tie your curls up into a top bun or ponytail and pair it with a head wrap. Head wraps slick back any frizz, bumps, or fly-aways, making it look like you spent a lot longer on your up-do than you really did. Curlycue trick? I think so!