It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, we know it’s not the holiday season, we’re talking about summer! Longer days, warmer weather, summer festivities…what more could you ask for? Summer is perfect for revamping your personal style—put away the drab and dark and break out the white pants and colorful tanks. The beginning of summer is the perfect time to lighten and brighten your look, including your hair and beauty routine. Not ready for a major change? Try these three, simple summer trends we’re seeing to update your vibe. These little changes can make a big impact on your summer style:
Summer Festival Boho Braid
The half-up braid is the fun and carefree look we’re seeing at all the summer music festivals. This look can easily translate from the music scene to the work place or social hour with friends. Here’s how to get the look: Apply a curl cream and blow-dry your hair with a diffuser. We love Aveda’s Be Curly Curl Enhancer. Work dry shampoo into your hair with your fingers for added texture. Begin with a three-stand braid just above the ear and clip the rest of your hair so it’s out of the way. Using the brow as a guideline, take a two inch section of hair above the ear. Begin braiding the hair away from the face, pulling the hair tight as you braid. Once you reach the end of the braid, repeat the same technique on the other side. Bring the first braid to the back of your head and pin. Pin the second braid into the first so it looks like a continuous braid, unbraid the hair that’s hanging down. Finish with your favorite hairspray to give a light hold. (P.S.: Visit the Braid Bar at Ivy Salon if you need some help styling from a pro!)
Bright and Fun Summer Nails
We love bright nails in the summertime season! With so many nail polish colors out there, it’s hard to decide on one. The three most popular colors we’re seeing are O.P.I.’s Chic From Ears To Tail, Grapely Admired, and Gelato on My Mind. If you’re a fan of a more subdued wardrobe, bright nails are the perfect accessory to transition your look to summer. Pro Tip: Always apply at least two coats of color to each nail. This will help the color to truly pop and last longer. Nail biters fear not, instead, opt for a gel polish that lasts about two weeks. Brighten your days this summer by trying out these trending colors.
Glow All Summer Long
How could we talk about summer without addressing everyone’s go-to beauty hack: the perfect summer glow! Finish your summer look with a tasteful tan to help make you look and feel great. While self-tanning can seem extremely intimidating, it’s the safest way to get that bronzed, beach goddess look everyone wants. Using a tanning bed is known to triple the risk of Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and baking all day in the sun causes premature aging of skin. Self-tanning products actually help avoid premature wrinkling and aging of your skin. Here’s how you can get the glow the safe way. Those of you with dry skin and women over 40 should use a lotion so they can boost hydration and absorption for an even, natural looking tan. We love Jergen’s Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer for this. A gradual tan lotion is great for your face because it lets you build color over time. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan is one of our favorite gradual, full body self-tanners. Mousse and gel formulas work well for those with normal skin as they easily glide over the skin. Try L’Oréal’s Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel if you’re searching for a great gel. Get flawless, tan skin by using these products and following safe sun practices. Stay tan (and healthy), friends!