During the hottest months of the year – you can find me one of three places 1) by a pool 2) on the beach 3) inside. Recently, I’ve been spending as much time as possible by the beach. The perks of being in Florida is having access to salt water at all times. I thought it would be fun to share an updated what’s in my beach bag – including the book I can’t put down, the bathing suit I’m obsessed with and new hair products from Hair Cuttery to beat the heat. Make sure to read until the end of the post as I’m sharing a tutorial on how to re-create this heatless braided. hairstyle!
What’s In My Beach Bag:
And lots of it! I don’t trust the sun for one second – so I make sure to baby my skin with a lightweight, SPF of 50 or more. The best anti-aging product on the market.
Swimsuit + Cover Up
This year, I’ve been fully embracing the one-piece bathing suit. There are so many cute styles on the market! Click here to see my favorite one-piece bathing suits. I also make sure to carry a swimsuit coverup when I step into a nearby restaurant.
When it comes to the beach, I always bring a cheap (but cute!) pair of sunglasses. I’ve lost plenty of pairs in the ocean waves, so I keep my pricey sunglasses at home.
My lips always get chapped at the beach from the gusts of wind and overexposure to the sun. For this reason, I always have a lip product in my beach bag! I try to grab a product with SPF in it so my lips don’t burn!
Hair Pins + Ties
My hair is always flying all over the place at the beach so I stock up on hair supplies. If I’m not wearing a beach hat, I put my hair up in a bun with a hair tie and secure my flyaways with hair pins.
Hair Anti-Frizz Cream
Speaking of my hair being a disaster at the beach, I always bring an anti-frizz cream to tame my hair! I’ve been using Cibu Curl Amplify Cream as it blocks humidity and gives my hair a natural beachy vibe. It smells delicious, doesn’t grease up your hair and leaves it extra shiny!
My hair always gets dirty/sweaty when on the beach – so I carry a travel size dry shampoo with me to quickly freshen up for the trip home! I’ve been loving the Ka Pow Dry Shampoo) as it applies lightweight and has a great fragrance!
Ladies, remember to bring a pair of sandals you don’t mind losing to the waves! I try to stock up on a few pairs when they go on sale and keep them close by for beach trips!
External Phone Charger
When it comes to the beach, I never know how long I’ll stay. For this reason I bring an external phone charger to make sure my phone is juiced up!
My saving grace. I always bring a hand fan with me to the beach! When it comes to the Florida sun, there’s no messing around!
Don’t forget to bring a waterproof mascara so you avoid raccoon eyes!
A Good Book
Last but not least, I always bring a good book with me! The beach is my favorite place to read. It’s the ultimate relaxation! Right now I’m loving The Most Powerful Women In The Room Is You by Lydia Fenet. It’s the perfect dose of #bossgirl inspiration while staying lighthearted. I’d highly recommend it to all you babes!
Easy 5-Minute Heatless Hairstyle
And now for the hair tutorial! This look is super easy to accomplish and can be dressed up or down!
Step 1: Prime Your Hair
A good hairstyle always begins with great hair products. To tame your hair from this ruthless humidity, it’s important to use hair products geared towards frizz reduction. The new Redken Frizz Dismiss shampoo and conditioner does just that! This dynamic duo provides your hair with the proper amount of moisture to lock in your cuticles and avoid the dreaded frizz. You can pick up both products at your local Hair Cuttery!
Step 2: Divide Hair Into Pigtails
The great thing about this look is you can begin with straight, curled or somewhere-in-between hair. That’s right – no styling ahead of time required. I just so happened to create this look a few days after curling my hair. Another bonus: you can either part your hair to the side or down the middle. I chose to part it down the middle for a more symmetrical look. Then, using clear elastics put your hair into pigtails.
Step 3: Apply Another Elastic & Do The Twist
Apply another clear elastic into your hair 2-3 inches below your first elastic. Then, divide the hair in between elastics – creating a hole. Take the remainder of your hair and bring it up (towards your body) and feed it into the hole. Pull the hair through completely. Your hair should look like the photo above!
Step 4: Repeat Step 3
Depending on your hair length, if you hair allows it repeat step 3! Secure another elastic 2-3 inches below your first elastic. Then, create another hole in your hair and pull your hair through! The rest of your hair should hang underneath.
Step 5: Fluff The Braids
Now it’s time to create some volume! Pull on the outer edges of your hair to exaggerate your braids. The bigger, the better! Don’t be afraid to get messy with it! This look doesn’t have to be polished. In fact, the messier, the better!
Step 6: Extend The Life Of Your Look
To finish off the look, apply your favorite hairspray or finishing spray to lock in your look! For this look, I used AG Tousled Texture Finishing Spray for a light hold. I prefer this look on the messier side, so the medium hold of AG Finishing Spray allowed the perfect hold. Plus, it made it smell super yummy! Bonus hack: For an even better hold, use AG BB Cream to prime your hair! This product is lightweight, smells refreshing and extends the life of your hairstyles. You can pick up both products at your local Hair Cuttery!
The Final Look:
Thank you to Hair Cuttery for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone.