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How to Rock Your Curls This Summer

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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 Coconut

(OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum $7.99, Ulta.com)

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

(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!

LOREAL Evercurl

(L’ORÉAL Evercurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream $8.99, Ulta.com)


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 hairspray

(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!
Hair Ties

(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!
Head Wrap

(Grey Snake Wire Headband $3.99, www.newlook.com)


 
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DIY Highlights

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DIY Highlights

 Are you dying to shed your winter hair color for something much lighter? Our beautiful locks tend to turn naturally lighter in the summer anyway, but there is no harm in rushing the process. Just by adding highlights to your hair you can easily change your look, which will have you looking fabulous all summer long. The only problem is that having your hair highlighted at a salon can cost you a pretty penny. The price can start at 250 dollars and quickly work its way up depending on the length of your hair. So why spend all that money when you can achieve this look all on your own, with the help of a few products that I recommend?

Sun In: Two great features about this product is that you do not have to put that much work into it and there is no way you can mess it up. All you have to do is spray onto damp hair and comb it through evenly right before you head outside. The sun does the rest of the work for you. I suggest using this product if you are going for a more natural look.

Garnier® Nutrisse® Nourishing Multi-Lights Highlighting Kit: I choose this as the second product because it does not contain a frost cap anywhere in the box. Yes! The kit comes with an applicator brush which you can use to easily apply the formula to your locks. The great plus about this product is that you can choose how bold or subtle you want to go.

L’oreal® Feria® Multi-Faceted Shimmering Highlight Kit: This kit from L’oreal® comes with an Easy-Glide applicator and tons of shimmery solutions not only to give you great highlights but also to boost the glow of your natural hair. One thing that I love about this is that unlike some other products out there this product will not have your hair feeling dry or looking brassy.


Revlon Frost&Glow™
: This kit does come with a cap but I advise to totally trash that frost cap and grab yourself a toothbrush. With the toothbrush you can easily apply the formula to different sections of your hair. This formula is great if you want to put dimension into your hair. Also, just as with the Garnier® kit you can choose if you want to go bold or not.

So here are a few tips to keep in mind while applying the highlighting formula. One, check strands of hair while formula is applied until strand reaches desired color. Two, make sure to trash the frost caps that come in some of the kits, really they are no help. Last, a toothbrush can be really useful to apply the formula to hair. With all that in mind you will be looking fabulous in no time.

Featured photo courtesy of Emily Lewis on Flickr

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