POST: KRISTIN ESS
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…
and for those FULL, full coverage days…
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…
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.
And let’s not forget my APRES SWIM hair routine! Later fishes!!!
TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Over the last few years I’ve shared my favorite ways to get soft and smooth lips (revisit the Winter Lip Fix, The Brush Off and the Chapped Lip Undo). Today I’m giving you an all-natural alternative that tastes and smells amazing! This DIY is especially brilliant because it has not one but two benefits: the sugar exfoliates while the coconut oil moisturizes. My dear friend Angelique Cabral took time from shooting her CBS pilot Life in Pieces to show us how:
- Any Sugar You Have On Hand — I happened to have a white all-purpose sugar in my kitchen cabinet, but I also love an organic raw sugar too. You’ll only need a 1/2 teaspoon but I made a full teaspoon for photographic purposes.
- Coconut Oil — I used this one because I also use it to remove my most stubborn eye makeup and I use it for oil pulling! You’ll also only need a 1/2 teaspoon!
- Your Favorite Lip Serum or Lip Balm (optional)
- Pour the Sugar into the Coconut Oil.
- Mix it together with your finger by swirling it around until it becomes a paste. Coconut oil melts into a liquid when it’s heated up but you’ll be working fast enough that you’ll be ok.
- Cover your entire lip area with the paste and start scrubbing back and forth with your finger.
- Stretch your smile so it’s taut and continue scrubbing.
- Let it sit for a minute for extra moisture if you wish.
- Wipe it off with a tissue. If you made a bit of a mess, you might opt for a wet washcloth instead!
- This step is optional because they’ll already be really moisturized from the coconut oil, but you’re welcome to seal the deal and finish with a lip serum or balm.
PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS
If I had a dime for everyone who asked me about post-workout wet hair styling, I would be the ricccccccccchest. Like, THE richest. And because I like you guys (gals) so much, I’m giving you what you’ve asked for– hair ideas that you can do when you’re leaving the gym, or even home, with wet hair. There are a million reasons to head out with wet or damp locks but zero reasons that it shouldn’t still look cute after I show you these ideas. So from now on, when it’s just too hot or you’re just too late or straight up TOO tired to blowdry after you shower, try this…
Before doing these, we shampooed with LIVING PROOF RESTORE SHAMPOO, conditioned for 3 minutes with WELLA ENRICH, detangled out of the shower using SEXY HAIR SOY TRI-WHEAT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, and then added a little ORIBE GRANDIOSE MOUSSE for hold and fullness once the hair dries. All of these links are for travel size and/or smallest containers available, which is what I keep in my gym bag.
THE BRAIDED BUN
Seems easy enough and we’ve all done it on dry hair. But braiding on wet hair is SO much easier in my opionion because it doesn’t tend to slip.
- Create a simple ponytail around the occipital bone (that bone in the back of your head).
- Make a regular 3-strand braid out of that ponytail.
- Wrap the braid around the ponytail and pin into a bun shape. The mousse will help create volume in the braided bun as it air dries. Gently pull it apart for texture if desired.
THE WAVY PONY
- Create a ponytail above the occipital bone.
- Divide the ponytail into two sections and twist them into each other.
- Unwrap the twists and scrunch until the curls break up. Don’t shake it up or break it up too much as you don’t want it to get frizzy.
THE TIED UP TOPKNOT
- Create a high ponytail about where you like your topknot to sit.
- Split the high pony into two secitons.
- Tie the hair in a half knot above the ponytail holder.
- Now tie it in another half knot behind the ponytail holder. It’s easy to do this on wet hair. Much easier than it is on dry hair.
- Take the ends that are left out and wrap them around front. Tuck and pin them underneath the bun in front.
Are you guys feeling these gym/wet hair looks? I’m also going to do one for short hair, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!