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Guest Editor: 6 Products for Sexy Effortless Summer Hair

Hi all! I’m so excited to be here, but let me first introduce myself. My name is Ashley and I am the creator of Curls Fo’ The Girls, which is a natural hair/beauty blog. I definitely want to thank Jair for inviting me to share some of my beauty insight with you all. I think this post is just in time to help you prep your tresses for the summer! 😉

As temperatures warm up, there is very little want to be inside especially doing one’s hair. There are so many different products and tools to be utilized to help you maintain sexy hair, but spend very little time doing so. With that being said, let’s begin!

neutrogenaleavein A Good Leave-In Conditioner with UV Protection

I think it is extremely important to find a leave-in conditioner with UV protection especially if your hair is color-treated or you plan on being outside for long periods of time. This will ensure that your strands are well protected as well as your color job. My favorite leave-in conditioners with UV protection are the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In and the Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner. Both leave-in treatments aid in maintaining soft, moisturized hair as well as protecting delicate strands from the damaging effects of the sun.

KCCCCurling Custard

I am a big fan of Wash & Gos in the summertime because they are super easy to do—you simply wash your hair & go! They are summertime friendly and they require very little manipulation, which is great for curls. I recommend using some kind of curling custard in warmer weather because they are extremely lightweight and very concentrated, which means a little product goes a long way! My favorite CC is the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard. This product helps to maintain frizz, boosts shine, helps curls clump together (enhances curl definition), and it has an amazing smell. Curling custards are also easy to “refresh” in the morning. You can either let the steam from your shower loosen up your hair or you can spritz your hair with a little bit of water, fluff, and go!

EcoStylerA Good Gel or Edge Control

I am definitely a fan of laying my edges down in the summer, especially if I want a sleek style. This is quite easy to do, but you must understand your hair. For example, I have fine hair, but gel will definitely do the trick. For those that cannot use gel, there are other products on the market like pomades, beeswax, or jelly like products that will get the job done. I am a BIG fan of the Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel because it is alcohol free, provides a maximum hold (10), and it doesn’t flake. This is also a very inexpensive option. I’ve also used this in place of the curling custard when I wanted more hold on my curls. However, I definitely use this on my edges with a small brush or toothbrush and my edges will be laid all day! I am also a fan of the Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste. I honestly don’t know how to describe the consistency, but it kind of reminds me of beeswax. It smells incredible and it will also lay edges in an instant!

hairelasticsHair Elastics

Hair elastics are definitely a favorite of mine. They are an easy way to get hair off your neck and face. They can also help style hair into a bun, puff, or high puff, which sits at the top of your head. I like them because they are extremely flexible and hold more hair than a regular hair elastic. These elastics make hairstyling so much easier as you can style your hair before leaving home, or throw one in your bag in case you need a mid-day style adjustment!

bobby-pinsBobby Pins

Bobby Pins are also a favorite of mine and I truly believe that you can never have too many! Bobby pins are great for holding down hairs that may pop out of place during the day, they can be used to secure buns and puffs for a sleeker look, and sometimes, you need them to get those loose hairs out of the way. They are super easy to throw in your bag (I never leave the house without a few during the summer for those ‘just in case’ moments). *Sidenote—the ridged side should be placed against your scalp because they hold the hair in place! 😉

 water bottleBonus Tip: Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!

Moisture is a key part of maintaining healthy, hydrated hair in the summer. I think everyone needs to drink a ton of water anyway to help your body function properly. However, proper hydration inside can help the outside! 😉 Aside from drinking water, I recommend keeping a spray bottle handy to help mist strands. Water is the key hydrator so applying water before any other product is the best way to ensure well-moisturized hair!

If you have any other questions, be sure to send me an email at curlsfothegirls@gmail.com. Also, check out my blog at curlsfothegirls.blogspot.com!

Xo,

Ashley

Beauty Haul

ImageI am so excited to share with you my first beauty haul. As a college student it’s pretty hard for me to indulge and purchase all of the hair and beauty products I want to. Typically my money goes to school related things, makeup, and clothes. Recently, I noticed I was low on hair products and thought it was the perfect time to indulge in some new products to try. I wanted to share with you several things I brought. I purchased hair products from Sally’s and a face wash from Walmart.

ImageEden Body Works: Coconut Shea All Natural Cleansing CoWash, 16 oz., $8.99

I’m so excited to share with you is this amazing product. My hair is natural and sometimes gives me a hard time. I have curly hair that tends to be very dry. When it comes to cleansing my hair, I stay away washing my hair with a basic shampoo maybe once a month, because they tend to dry out my hair even more. The Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash is sulfate free (doesn’t dry out hair) and is paraben free. This product is a “gentle cleansing conditioner cream that removes residue and buildup between washings to promote a healthy hair environment for growth.” I can honestly say I love this product. After I wash it out I notice that my hair is not super dry and it has the right amount of slip. I personally don’t mind that it doesn’t create suds. After every wash I can see that my hair is no longer dirty or oily. This product was super cheap and delivered great results. Also, if you purchase from Sally’s it’s a litter cheaper with a Sally’s card.

ImageEden Body Works: Coconut Shea All Natural Pudding Soufflé, 16 oz., $8.99

Since I’ve been wearing my hair natural a little more, due to my gym schedule, I thought it was important to purchase a type of styling cream. As said before my hair is very dry and frizzy, however I didn’t want a product that would weigh down my hair. The Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé “adds moisture to dry, thirsty tresses using an exotic blend of all natural ingredients formulated to reduce frizz, enhance textured styles, and provide a soft, shiny finish.” I’m sure this will be a great product. However, today is the first time I’ve used the product so I will definitely do a review a few weeks into using this pudding.

ImageBiotera: Ultra Moisturizing Reconstructing Conditioner, 1 L, $13.99

I’ve used Biotera products a few times and I am not disappointed. After purchasing this reconstructing conditioner I’ve noticed a difference in my hair. After using, my hair is always soft and moisturized. I straighten my hair pretty often, so it’s important to do it in the safest say and to take care of my tresses while doing so. I love to make sure my hair is hydrated to promote hair growth and because NO ONE wants dry ass hair. The Biotera Ultra Moisturizing Reconstructing Conditioner deeply conditions, strengthens and repairs hair leaving it healthy, strong & lustrous. So like I said, if you have super dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair this product is for you! Remember, if you have a Sally’s card you can get for $11.99!

ImageSt. Ives: Nourished And Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask, 6 oz., $4.59

So, ever since I was in high school I have always used St. Ives products. My skin is super dry and tends to peel a lot. In search of a new face wash to take care of those products, I didn’t think twice before purchasing this product. The St. Ives Nourished And Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask is fantastic! It’s gentle enough to use every day, yet it gets the job done in one try. I’m all about natural products and this scrub combines oatmeal extract with 100% natural exfoliates. This scrub/face wash will be perfect for the summer when your skin is dry and peeling. I couldn’t find this product on Walmart’s website, so here’s an alternative. You can purchase it at Target for the same price!

I really hope you enjoyed my first haul. It was fun sharing the products I decide to spend my money on and if they’re worth it or not. If you purchase any of these products or recommend anything, comment below! Don’t forget to follow on Twitter: FPR_Royalty, like on facebook and follow on Instagram: _Jairx3