It’s still hot and I don’t care what the calendar is saying some of us are still looking for surefire ways to cool down. There’s never enough shade when it’s hot and lounging near pools are great to cool down but nothing and I mean nothing is better than going to beach. Yes, black folks love the beach too and we love to have fun in the sun and play in the ocean.
Whether you are there for a bonfire, volleyball tournament or just to take a dip, the beach is made for summer and even fall. Labor Day is just around the corner many families are still planning trips to the beach before school starts and it makes sense to take the necessary precautions so your day has not ruined your skin or your hair.
What to do about sand
Sand, ugh! It gets everywhere and almost takes root! It’s fun at the beach but sand is a loafer that follows you home and finds its way into crevices and crannies you didn’t even realize you had on you and in your clothes! It is invasive and rough and while it’s a great exfoliate for your skin (watch after your shower how soft your skin and especially your feet are) it’s a nuisance that can become a problem if not properly dealt with.
The easy part is shaking out your clothes and shaking it off of you before getting in the shower and dumping your clothes in the hamper but when it comes to our coily, wavy, and curly hair, it’s not so easy. Here a cool and safe trick to rid your hair of the pesky sand before showering and washing your hair.
Vacuum the sand out of your hair. What? Did she say vacuum??? Yup, I totally did! If you were a good curly girl then you had your hair up in a bun, in twists or braids while frolicking on the beach because it’s great for sand removal with the vacuum later that day.
Even if your hair was loose when you left the beach braid it up so your hair won’t keep getting sucked in the hose. Allow your vacuum hose to suck up all the loose sand granules before you even start taking your twist apart. Part the hair and get all the areas you see sand and go down each and every twist and braid to ensure you get sand you can.