As summer approaches, it’s time to get your body – from your head to your toes – ready. We rounded up the hottest beauty tips and tricks to get you started.
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Give Your Hair Life
Celebrity hairstylist Tym Wallace, who has worked with Taraji P. Henson, Skai Jackson, Kelly Rowland and Zendaya Coleman, urges that you arm yourself with dry shampoo this summer. “It serves multiple uses for the hair. It’s the perfect go-to to get rid of product build up or natural oils in between shampoos and also great to achieve and maintain those sexy summer waves and festive hair styles because it adds texture and a bit of grit to the hair,” he says.
From Bella Thorne to Oprah Winfrey, microblading (a.k.a. eyebrow embroidery, a form of permanent makeup) is the latest beauty trend. “Microblading is my go-to beauty tip for all year round, but especially summer,” says Kendra Bray, owner of Better Brows NYC. “With microblading, you’re able to achieve full and natural brows without worrying about sweating or swimming your brows off.”
When to Wax
Did you know there was an optimal time for hair removal? “Wax or shave your Bikini line at night,” says Dr. Ronald D. Blatt, gynecologist and expert in all things “intimate skin care.” “Night time is a time when your body resets and restores itself. This will help with razor burn, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs.”
Don’t Forget Your Neck
Helga Arminak, owner, and founder of Measurable Difference says, “My ultimate summer skin tip is to apply and gently massage your desired moisturizer on your decollete and neck in an upward motion. This not only keeps your skin feeling hydrated, but also creates a lifted, youthful looking appearance.”
Sun’s harmful rays can fade your hair color or turn your baby blonde brassy. “Before I go to the beach or pool, I moisturize and protect my hair using a sunscreen specifically formulated for this purpose,” says beauty blogger and podcaster Amanda Lauren. “It also creates a barrier between the hair and chlorinated pool or salty ocean water.”
Cool Your Skin
The inevitable summer woe – the sunburn – will rear its ugly head at some point. Sometimes the sun’s harmful rays are impossible to prevent unless you’re applying and reapplying sunscreen like clockwork. Give your skin some sweet relief with after-sun soothing mists and hydrating sprays. Beauty and style blogger Mariana Leung of MsFabulous.com creates a little cooling spritz to carry in her purse. “I combine filtered water with a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint,” she explains. “It gives me a cooling effect and setting spray over sunscreen while minimizing shine and keeping bugs away.”
Gel for Your Feet
That’s right. You’re familiar with gel manis, but have you ever thought about getting a gel pedicure?! Nina Werman, founder and brand director of Valley Nails, says that gel pedicures can withstand being beaten up by sand and water. “It lasts forever,” she adds.