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Braids are the ideal hairstyle for those times when you simply can’t fathom having to go through your entire hair routine on a regular basis. They’re a low-maintenance, protective style, but that doesn’t mean you can totally slack off while wearing them — at least not if you want them to last!

Luckily, keeping your braids on point all summer is a relatively simple task. Here’s what to do.

WRAP IT UP.

Wrapping your hair at night is essential for preventing dryness, which is especially important when you have braids, since you can’t access your natural hair to moisturize it as easily. A silk scarf will also help maintain the sleekness of your style.

MOISTURIZE.

It’s important not to neglect your scalp and exposed hair, especially your roots. Dry, itchy scalp is the mortal enemy of every braid-wearing woman. You may cringe at the idea of putting water on your roots, since it may cause frizzing, but a moisturizing spray of some kind will do wonders for your comfort level. Opt for an all-natural, lightweight leave-in conditioner or braid spray.

AVOID GUNKY PRODUCTS.

By the same token, though, avoid products that contain mineral oil or petroleum, which will build-up on the hair. You’re not thoroughly washing your hair when it’s braided up, so there’s no way to get rid of that build-up. It’s not good for your hair, and it’s kind of gross.

Whenever possible, opt for natural oils like plain old coconut oil or jojoba oil.

CLEANSE YOUR SCALP, NOT YOUR HAIR.

If you find yourself desperately needing to wash your hair, but don’t want to take out your braids yet — don’t fret! You can wash your braids. The only thing is that they absorb water like nobody’s business, and if you have yarn braids, forget about it. Rather than washing all of your hair, head to the sink and wash your scalp only.

You can even avoid water altogether by using a root rinse or dry shampoo to clarify your scalp. Apple cider vinegar is excellent for this purpose.

COMBAT FRIZZ.

Your braids will inevitably start to turn fuzzy, even if you’ve been taking the very best care of them. Use a strong-hold gel to lay down the frizz, but don’t go too heavy. Remember, we’re trying to avoid build-up here.

FRESHEN UP THE FRONT.

Rather than battling all-over frizz, which you will likely never get rid of entirely, focus on the first layer of braids in your hair — the layer that faces the front. The best option here is to take them down and re-braid them entirely. It won’t take too long, and it’ll make your hairstyle look brand new.

LET YOUR BRAIDS REST.

Lastly, to avoid putting too much tension on your hair, make sure to let your braids hang loose regularly. Too many updos and ponytails will pull on your roots, shortening the length of the hairstyle and potentially damaging your hairline.

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Lipstick Colors For Fair Complexions

According to a study by L’Oréal, there is “the actual color and the perceived color of skin” that should be considered when choosing the right makeup colors. If your skin tone is extra fair finding the best lipstick colors for your complexions is a hard thing to do because most colors can be overpowering. Deep, bold lipstick colors can be suitable when drama is needed, like for a date night. Softer shades however, are the most flattering for everyday wear.

Pink lipstick

Pink colored lipstick can help a pale complexion look healthy and vibrant. Care needs to be taken so that the pink color chosen doesn’t have a white undertone, unless you’re going for a 1960s look. The best pink shades to choose range from those that are slightly darker in contrast to skin tone to those that are warmer.

Rose pink can be especially flattering on your skin, and tends to look great on individuals with delicate features and blond to mid brown hair. Women with darker hair may find they need to define their lips a little more, and a dusky rose or deeper plum color lipstick will do the trick.

Red lipstick

Red colored lipstick can be daring next to a pale skin tone. Unless this is the goal, subtle reds that have an orange, rather than blue-based undertone tend to be a better choice with the most appealing result.

A great method for applying red lipstick to achieve a natural looking effect is to use a fingertip to spread color over lips. This results in lips appearing flushed rather than heavily made-up.

Mauve lipstick

Women with very fair skin need to be wary of using purple-based lipstick colors. Subtlety is the key and gentle plum-toned mauve colors, rather than blue-based purple tones, are the most flattering.

Orange lipstick

Just like white-based pink tones, orange lipstick colors can appear old-fashioned and stale. Warm, pink-based orange lipstick colors are best. Neon orange colors however, should be avoided, these can make you look ill of all things!

Brown lipstick

Brown lipstick colors are not generally attractive next to pale-toned skin. Avoid this color if you’re going for drama, it will only appear muddy. If you love brown-based lipstick then maybe try a warm, plum-based brown that is light in tone, or mix subtle brown lipstick with pink.

Burgundy lipstick

Burgundy lipstick can achieve a completely different result to subtle pink. Burgundy is a warm color, although not as severe as red. Used sparingly, it can add color and depth so that lips are more noticeable without makeup looking too obvious.

With your fair complexion, you have plenty of colors to choose from, depending on your mood and where you’re going.

Skin Tone Chart by L’Oréal


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