In Beauty Lifestyle

7 Ways to Take Care of Your Hair This Summer

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Weekend. My amazing boyfriend and I went to the beach and it was so fun. As always, he tried to teach me how to surf but I was playing the victim and couldn't fight the waves. I ended up sitting in the sand, reading a book, eating oreos, and watching him surf. That's my vibe... 

But all that sun and wind and salt got me wondering if there is any way to minimize hair damage. After an extensive search, I put together the best tips for ending the semester with healthy, strong, and shiny hair.

Water, water, water
Being exposed to the sun and humidity all day will end up dehydrating the body and hair. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. If you want something more fun, try lemonade or coconut water (my favorite). But, at the same time, make sure to refresh your hair with water. Depending on your hair, spray water daily or multiple times a day.

Skip the Shampoo
Even though sometimes you may need to get the chlorine out of your hair, try to not shampoo your hair as much as you will usually do. Shampoo can dry your hair and make it brittle and dull. If you have to use shampoo, make sure to use a moisturizing masque or treatment after.

Condition all the time
Another way of moisturizing your hair is to find a conditioner that will quench your hair thirst. Also, make sure to choose a paraben and sulfate free conditioner. Something I like, if I am not feeling like doing a masque or treatment, I will leave the conditioner for a little longer than I would usually do.

Add some Sunscreen
There are some hair products out there that will protect your hair from the UV rays. Some of them are Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave-In and Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray. This last one is hair and skin sunscreen in one. If you are not able to find any hair product with SPF, you can run your hands through your hair after you have applied sunscreen on your body.

Trim your Ends
As your hair confronts sun and wind and possibly salt, you will end up with split ends. But don't panic, it is completely normal. Just make sure to trim them constantly so the damage doesn't spread. And if you are feeling a little wild, you might as well just change hairstyles right?

Stay Away from Chemicals
Even though you may be dyeing to lighten your hair color, don't! (Did you see what I did? I think I am so funny sometimes... ugh) Applying chemicals to your hair, like hair color treatments and bleaching, will cause some trauma to your hair. Combine this with Summer weather and you end up will end up with breakage. If you want to change your look using chemicals, try to do it a moth before the sun hits hard.

Protect your Hair
The best way to reduce sun damage to your hair is to not expose it! Wear hats or caps, braid your hair or rock a top bun. Try out hairstyles that will protect your hair from the wind, but make sure to not expose much of your scalp... Scalp sun burns are a thing. If you are going to the pool, a swim cap is the best option to prevent chlorine (green) hair. Ikr... Swim caps eeewww. 

As a bonus... 
I wanted to share my favorite hair mask to revive dull hair and moisturize hair. 

1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Even though many people just mach this together and apply it to the hair, I had found that blending it together is the way to go. It will not only prevent you from finding bananas pieces in your hair a week after, but it will also mix the coconut oil better. After blending all the ingredients together, I divide my hair in sections and apply it little by little. Tie it up in a high bun and wait for 15 minutes. Jump in the shower and rinse it out. Shampoo (Since you applied oil beforehand, the shampoo won't be too harsh on your hair) and condition as usual. You will feel your hair softer and it will look shinier.


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In Fitness Lifestyle

Getting Healthier and Fitter this Summer



Hello everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer and having an amazing time at home or at internships or at school. I have been having a crazy busy, but lovely time in Summer classes. I am taking my favorite class yet and makes studying instead of sun bathing worth it. In honor of warm, long days and cool, sweet night I bring you the ultimate list of ideas on how to get ripped this Summer.

Go Surfing
When I was a kid, I remember begging my mom to let me go on a 3 months surf camp one Summer. She obviously said no and my dream of becoming a surfer died right there. Fast forward a couple years and I meet this amazing guy, my boyfriend now, who loves surfing. Coincidence? I don't think so... Even though he had tried a couple times to teach me the basics of surfing, I have given up... I just can't keep my balance... when paddling! 

But according to my amazing boyfriend, all that paddling gives you a good looking back and shoulders. I don't want to be one of those girls that are saying "my boyfriend is hot" all the time, but his surfer body is fine. 

Walk on the Beach
This is what I have come to do since I can't surf for my life. I walk on the beach and look out for my boyfriend and take pictures of him. If you want to boost your calorie burning session, I would recommend to run on the beach. I haven't done this in a hot minute. I still have PTSD from the last time! 

Get Some Vitamin D
Did you know Vitamin D deficiency is a thing? I was diagnosed with it last Fall. Since then, you will find me out in the sun as much as I can. Cause who wants to swallow a vitamin when you can get a tan. 

But Grab Sunscreen
Skin problems are not pretty. So, even though getting some sun is great for your health, don't burn your skin aka do not become a lobster. Reapply sunscreen periodically, specially if you start to notice your skin turning pink. At the same time, apply moisturizing lotion after a day at the beach or the pool, your skin is craving moisture, trust me...

Stay Hydrated
It is all fun and games until you are nauseous, light headed, and moody. This are all symptoms of dehydration and they are no fun, so make sure to carry a bottle with you at all times. You can always eat all the fruit to stay hydrated. Pineapples, watermelon, and oranges have a high percentage of juice on them. At the same time, coconut water has electrolytes and it tastes way better than your good old Gatorade.

Get Wild
Summer is the perfect time to go out and explore. Hiking and camping are always fun ways to enjoy the Summer if the beach is not your scene. But if you love the beach, snorkeling is a most. Other ideas (that are part of my bucket list) are sailing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Treat Yourself
I always include this in my posts, and it is because I believe health is about balance. No one wants to go on vacation and drink wheatgrass shots only (is that still a thing?) or spend hours in a gym. Go out and have fun, try new things and new foods. Live your life to the fullest!



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How to make the most of Summer


Hello everyone! I am sorry I have been away for so long, finals were hard and I was so tired. I had been sleeping a little too long and hitting the beach with my amazing boyfriend. The good news is I am back and with a thousand of blog post ideas. At the same time, I have some personal projects that will be starting soon, so get excited!

Apply to Internships
If you are one of the thousand college students who applied to hundreds of internships and didn't get any, welcome to the club. But don't you dare give up! This Summer is the perfect time to apply for Fall internships and co-ops. It is always a great time to apply for internships.

Start a Healthy Journey
I personally have decided to try the BBG workout plan, I always start it but hopefully this time I will finish it. At the same time, I will be taking a Cycling class for school, so the fitness aspect is on check. On the other hand, I will take care of my emotional health by implementing journaling in my daily activities.

Start a Business
As you may know, I started an Etsy shop a month ago. I haven't really have much time to promote it or work on it cause finals. This Summer, I am planning on working on it and grow my audience. I have heard from many girls that they are afraid of opening an Etsy shop or start a business. My advice here is: If it is your calling, pursue it!

Check out my Etsy shop: That Sweet Smile by Clau

Take Classes
Just like I mentioned, I will be taking a PE class this Summer. In addition, I will take three other classes cause why not... When choosing if I wanted to take classes or just sit all day at home doing nothing, the second one sounded too good. But, I would have to take 18 credits every semester til I graduate and well, I really don't feel like destroying myself that way.

Learn a Language
A language will always look great in a resume and it is always fun to be able to talk with locals when travelling. My amazing boyfriend is going to learn Spanish this Summer so he can talk to my grandma when he comes home with me. Isn't he the sweetest?!

Do a Reading Challenge
I know a lot of girls out there have the same problem as me, love reading but can't find time to read during the semester. During Summer, you will be traveling or commuting a lot and you will be able to read a couple pages per day. I really enjoy laying in bed and reading a little before going to bed.

Learn to Cook
Either you are going back to college or starting it next semester, cooking is always a good skill to have. I don't mean you need to become a chef, but you need to be able to prepare at least 3 meals for you to survive.

Get Creative
Start a Youtube channel, learn to code, take your drawing to a new level, create a photography portfolio... This are some of the few thing I could come up. Summer, when school is not stressful and taking most of your time, is a great time to explode your creativity. You not only have more time, but your mind is in a better, more relaxed place.


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In College

How to Survive Finals Week

Hello everyone! It has been a looong and busy and exciting semester, and it is almost over! Next week is my last week of classes and then *insert scary movie music* the most stressful week of the semester... Finals week! 

Even though I am all about productivity and have learned, the hard way, that you should start studying for finals the first day of class, I am only a 20-years-old girl. I do not, by all means, have my sh*t together. I sincerely don't think anyone does... so embrace your disaster and be happy. But well, that is not the topic of this post, is about surviving finals. 

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