8 Summer Trends to Get Beach Ready

Spa and wellnessStaying cool and protecting the skin you’re in is all the rage this season with these latest summer trends. Hair: Every once in a while, experimenting with new styles is allowed. Here are five summer trends for African-American hair to try this year:

• Soft colors such as soft chestnut or golden bronze are making a splash! • Short and sassy styles like pixie cuts, coil twists and Bantu knots help with long hair and summer heat. • Natural hair allows a variety of styles to choose from likes braids, twists and even the classic afro. • Waves work best in humid climates, although a wash-and-go never looked better! • Ponytails are a great alternative to beat the heat.

Senegalese and Havana twists, box braids, singles and even high buns remain a big trend for ladies with both relaxed and natural hair textures.

• These popular hairstyles also serve as protective styles to ward off heat styling, harsh elements, and other damage to the hair.

Makeup: Black, blue, coral, teal, silver, pink and white have “Must Have” written across them! This is the season’s go-to colors, from the catwalk all the way down to sandy beaches.

Keep waterproof mascara on hand at all times.

Skin: A not-so-new trick to looking effortless this summer is an all-in-one tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.

• Products such as BB Cream and oil-free moisturizers work great to add a nice, healthy glow without drying out your skin.

Invest in a good hat. Wide-brimmed hats help to protect areas of the body, such as the back of the neck, your décolletage, and parts of the shoulders from harmful sunrays.

Nails: What girl doesn’t love getting pampered with a manicure and pedicure? These fun and fresh colors will have you ready to hit the boardwalk in no time.

• The latest collections available from the Essie nail polish line is the Summer 2014 shopping inspired collection, which features bold, intense shades of green, red, blue and nude. Another fierce collection is the Neon 2014, which features bold, eye catching shades. • Soft pastels, Day-Glo Neons and classic nudes are a hit this summer!