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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)


 
Photos courtesy of:
Newlook.com
www.shop.nordstrom.com
Ulta.com

 

Favorite London Stores

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While studying in London, I did my fair share of shopping. There were some stores I fell in love with, but were devastatingly too expensive for a broke American college student trying to live in London; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t splurge every now and then. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites that I’ll be missing until my next visit.
1. Topshop
Alright, so there are four Topshop stores in the US, but that’s a far cry from the 300+ stores in the UK. And Topshop just so happens to be one of the more expensive stores on my list. The bright, often eclectic, style is beloved by celebrities and Duchess Kate Middleton herself. Taking the latest trends and creating pieces for everybody, Topshop has earned it’s place in the fashion world.
2. New Look
New Look earned it’s place as my favorite store in London as soon as I discovered it. I purchased my dress for the BRIT Awards there, and I have never loved a dress more. New Look is a fashionable store complete with items you’d find at Forever 21, and is one of the less expensive stores I found.
3. Miss Selfridge
So, we’re back to the more expensive clothing option. The store started as the young fashion section of the highly popular Selfridges department store and has emerged as a popular fashion staple. I cringed with sadness every time I walked past the windows with gorgeous displays and price tags out of my wallet range; however, the sales are brilliant, and there are plenty of items to splurge on.
4. ASOS
Here’s the thing about ASOS–it’s only online. It is one of the UK’s largest online-only fashion and beauty stores, and they even launched an ASOS website for the US in 2010. ASOS always has the latest trends and some of the best sales. I regularly check the site to see if there is anything I want to order, and I have to struggle to keep myself from ordering everything. The joys of online shopping.
So there you have it, some amazingly wonderful UK fashion stores that are bound to give you a bang for your buck. If you’re worried about shipping fees, they often aren’t as bad as you think they might be. Also, the sites regularly have specials for international shipping, so go ahead and get shopping.