Posts Tagged ‘pool’




Some days I wonder if there’s anyone out there who’s more pale and more sensitive-skinned than moi. I take cover the instant the sun comes out because I start to sunburn within minutes. So– I’ll forever be the girl in all black sipping a margarita under an umbrella while everyone else is out surfing or trying to recreate the opening scene of Baywatch. In addition to my obnoxiously flowy, billowy caftan collection, I lightly hoard hats. Whether you have sensitive skin or not, it’s important to have some hat options for your days in the soleil! Here are some current faves…

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straw hat urban free people UO the beauty department


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and for those FULL, full coverage days…


photos + post KRISTIN ESS

photos + post KRISTIN ESS

I’m way into uneven rows of braids right now and I had a good idea (or at least I think it is) and wanted to share. I’m heading out for vacation in a week or so and I really needed some kind of rad pool hair situation since I plan on being in it most of the time I’m away. So I decided to combine my normal pool strategy with a cool girl hair look. Here’s how I’ll be keeping my red hair fresh while I’m maxing + relaxing…

the beauty department pool girl braids


As we know, it’s best to get in the pool with hair that’s been wet from a shower vs letting the hair soak up salt water or chlorinated water!

  • first I’ll wet my hair in the shower and ring out the excess water.
  • next, I’ll add in MY FAVORITE DEEP CONDITIONER that I talk about on the regs. Also available in this GIANT TUB which is what I get.
  • towel dry out of the shower with the conditioner still in it.
  • once it’s towel dried, I’ll create my uneven rows of braids (pretty much exactly the way you see it in the photo above). I like inside-out french braids best (aka: dutch braids) because they appear fuller and tend to have more texture but you can also do these the regular way.
  • I’ll tie them off with small clear elastics and submerge myself into the pool with a cocktail in hand.

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And let’s not forget my APRES SWIM hair routine! Later fishes!!!


Post/photos: Kristin Ess, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Are you a big swimmer? What if we told you that for around $75-100 you could save your hair from that dry, brittle feeling you get from swimming (and/or an unnecessary haircut)? Save up those dollars and make it a priority to build a swim kit for yourself! (more…)


photos/graphic design/post: Kristin Ess

Many of you have been so helpful with sharing your own tips + tricks. So what do you do to avoid chlorine green? There are so many methods out there! Here’s our favorite:

  • Wet your hair in the shower before jumping in the pool. Make sure your shower water isn’t chlorinated. If the chlorine level in your shower water is high you should be using a water filtration system like THIS ONE.
  • Wring out the water and apply regular conditioner to the middle + ends of your hair. You don’t need a ton- the size of a quarter will do the trick. Don’t rinse it out.
  • Now put your hair in a low tight bun before jumping in to the pool.

Hair is just like a sponge. Whatever it soaks up first will likely sit on the inside allowing very little chlorinated water to make its way to the middle. By soaking the hair with unchlorinated water + conditioner first, you’re protecting the majority of your hair and avoiding a very harsh removal process later on. After a chlorinated swim, always wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo like THIS ONE or THIS ONE. Even when the chlorine only hits the surface, it can still greatly effect the shine of your hair because it roughs up the cuticle (outer layer). Rough cuticles = brittle hair. Condition well with a moisture rich mask after using a clarifying shampoo.

So spill it! What’s your best trick for avoiding green, brittle, dull chlorinated hair?