From preventing smudged foundation to effectively washing your weave after a swim, we pulled together 10 important beauty hacks Black women should know about for summer.
Get rid of chlorine and other grime from your weave with an astringent
There’s nothing more annoying than going swimming with your weave in, and then having to wash it afterwards. So here’s the deal: buy the Sea Breeze astringent from you local Sally’s or Wal-Mart along with a hair applicator. Fill up your applicator with the solution, and go in-between braids to apply directly to the scalp. Message in and rinse, then proceed with your normal shampoo routine. It’ll lift the dirt off of your braided hair and scalp, easily.
Store your favorite nail polish in the refrigerator
Keep your nail polish away from the sun or direct heat to prevent bubbles from forming. You can do this by putting the in the fridge (NOT the freezer).
Ditch the foundation, and roll with a tinted moisturizer
Foundation has the tendency to smudge and transfer in the heat, no matter what. To save yourself the stress, just go for a tinted moisturizer. If you want something a tad heavier, find your best BB crème. Just do anything to ditch the foundation for summer.
Use baking soda and water to remove excess tanner
Yes, Black women use tanners. Don’t get it twisted. But, excess tanner is gross. Just create a paste-like formula with the two ingredients and massage it into your body. Rinse off once complete.
Get rid of dark spots with lemon juice
We’ve talked about this one before. We all want to show off our legs! But, sometimes dark spots prevent us from doing so. Summer just began, so you have time. Cut a lemon in half, apply the juice to your spots, let it dry for about 20 minutes and then rinse off. Do it once a day.
Add water to your hair before swimming
This can help prevent your hair from absorbing too much salt or chlorine water, which can lead to damage and dryness. Just adding a coat of water to your hair can lessen the damage.
Just got your hair colored? Add a coat of olive oil to your hair before swimming
To go alongside the aforementioned, women with freshly dyed hair also have to be careful of protection from water and sun damage. Before you take a dip, add a layer of olive oil to your hair to protect your color. Be sure to rinse the minute you’re out of the pool or beach with filtered water.
Freeze aloe vera gel to treat sunburns
Pour aloe vera gel into an ice tray and keep stored for those unexpected sunburn moments. Apply when you have a burn and feel the relief almost instantly.
Coat your razor in between shaves with olive oil
You may have hopped off the shaving bandwagon. But, if you haven’t be sure to coat your razor with olive oil to prevent rust, thus saving you money spent on new razors.
Treat bikini line rashes with chilled chamomile tea
It will help soothe the area in the most natural way possible. Seep the tea in boiling water for about 2 minutes, then let it chill in the refrigerator for about 10-20 minutes. Apply and relax.
Rub dryer sheets over your body to repel bugs
It’s sounds absolutely insane, but bug repellent smells gross. This is a more “natural” route you can take to keep the bugs away at your BFF’s cookout this weekend.
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