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Keeping it fresh

Written by Neph


Let’s be real ladies, we are all preparing to channel our inner Meg Thee Stallion and do “real hot girl shit” or join the City Girls from the 305 in “acting up” all summer. But before we start wilding out, here are some tips to make sure we feel like we’re “worth a Benz truck”- Nicki Minaj.


Let’s start at the top!


Hair and Face


We all know washing hair for women of color differs for every hair type. However, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Our hair needs to have moisturer or else it dries out. Shampooing your hair too often can lead to dryness for both your hair and your scalp. Try limiting your shampooing to once a week in the summertime.

  2. Try blending in some oils to encourage growth and nourishment. Some of my favorites are Castor and Lavender oil.

  3. I know I get scissor happy, but its getting your hair trimmed regularly helps with hair growth and preventing split ends. Getting a trim right before summer starts heating up could work in your favor.

  4. Not all styles are protective. Braids and twists can cause damage if done too tight or left in for too long.

Want more tips on hair care? Check out Bustle’s article https://www.bustle.com/p/13-natural-hair-dos-donts-for-women-of-color-with-curly-manes-47785


Boy does it get annoying when you have your face beat and the sun makes it feel like it’s melting off. My best advice would be to try to keep it light.

  1. Usually someone may use a primer instead of moisturizer when doing their makeup, but primers can sometimes be to thick. Try using a moisturizer as a base instead.

  2. Another trick t is to use a spray sunscreen to add some protection. Just because you have on makeup, doesn't mean you're protecting yourself from sunburn.

  3. Instead of using foundation possibly switch it out for a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. If you need more coverage, try switching out your usual foundation to a matte foundation. This way if you sweat or begin to get oily, you’ll have more of a dewy finish.

  4. If its waterproof, it’s for you! Think about it if you’re gonna be sweating, having your eyebrows leak down your face aint cute. Using a waterproof mascara, eyebrow pencil, or eyeliner makes a huge difference.

  5. Finishing spray helps lock everything in so don't be afraid hit that thang twice! I usually will apply a coat of finishing spray after laying down my foundation and then another coat after I apply blush and highlighter.

Want tips of products to buy? Try checking out this article by Essence they name drop a few items that are summer must haves. https://www.essence.com/beauty/beauty-products-tools/best-blushes-brown-skin/#41374


Body


Keeping cool could be super hard especially at outdoor events. So what can you do to stay cool?

  1. As women of color, we know not to leave the house ashy, so you know we’re not skipping out on moisturizer. Instead of your usual moisturizer, try switching to a lighter moisturizer. Like other products you use, moisturizer is going to change seasonally.

  2. Powder or deodorant is known as throwback hack for reducing sweat and staying dry. So if it aint broke, why fix it?

  3. Shaving

  4. Regardless what part of your body you’re shaving, you should always use a shaving cream or moisturizer to prevent cuts, razor burn, or ingrown hairs.

  5. Trying to get beach ready? Try shaving towards the end of your shower, your pores will open up which will allow for an easier shave.

Feet


Summer is the one season where you know you can let those toes out! So you have to make sure you take care of them.

  1. Your toes are hidden away for most of the year, so you could imagine there’s a lot of dead skin. Using a foot scrub or skin exfoliant once a week will help get rid of some of that dead skin.

  2. Get some serious moisturizer going! The heels of your feet get super dry because the tick skin on your heels. Making sure to apply moisturizer after a shower is the best way to lock in moister. Rumor has it, if you apply a helping amount of moisturizer before bed with cotton socks, it will help soften your feet.

  3. Your feet can be sunburnt, so make sure you hit them thangs with sunscreen sis.


Clothing


Suns out, buns out! But if your thighs touch like mine, you may dread having them rub.

  1. Your fabric matters. Try wearing as much cotton as possible. Its breathable and keeps you dry. Cotton panties are always a great choice during the summer.

  2. Sweating in your clothes? Went for a swim? Make sure to change out of them asap. Wet clothes can irritate your skin but also cause yeast infections.

  3. Just like everything else, your feet sweat. Bringing and extra pair of shoes with you like flip flops will help your feet to breath.


Until next time,

Neph

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