Wearing our natural tresses is definitely becoming a bit of a trend, especially as more people are finding healthy ways to preserve their mane. Whether you have beachy waves, spunky curls, or spiraled coils, there are plenty of products for hydration, styling, and to ensure your ‘do’s longevity. More importantly, it can be done without stripping your hair of moisture, using excessive heat, or constantly washing your hair which would not only waste time but also remove many necessary natural hair oils.

Wavy hair beauties

For those with a tendency to have wavy hair, nearly any product can be your friend. But the key point is to maintain moisture to prevent your hair from getting frizzy and dehydrated. A concoction of DevaCurl products will truly keep you happy. After washing your hair, completely coat your hair in the SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler, then apply the B’Leave-In Curl Boost and Volumizer to define your locks, and finish with the Ultra Defining Gel to lock in the moisture ($28, $19.95, $8.95 at devacurl.com). Make sure to scrunch your hair upwards after each step, and you’re good to go! You can either air-dry or use a diffuser (on cool or cold!) if you’re pressed for time.

Curly hair cuties

If you have the opportunity to be spunky with your curly hair, definitely take it especially with Miss Jessie’s products! Wash your hair like normal, and quickly use the Leave In Condish to hold moisture and hair oils ($11 at missjessies.com). Follow with Pillow Soft Curls for additional conditioning and definition ($22). Secure your curls with Multicultural Clear for even more definition and to seal the deal ($16). Following each step, you can either scrunch your hair, use a wide-tooth comb, or simply spiral each curl with your fingers to ensure your curls will keep their spunk.

Coily hair divas

First, before washing, make sure to detangle your hair. Begin with Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee ($22 at qhemetbiologics.com). Part your hair in sections and use a wide-tooth comb to help detangle before washing. Cleanse with the Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea ($16). It’s sulfate-free, so it cleans while it conditions as well as strengthens follicles, prevents shedding, and seals moisture. After towel drying and to finish your regimen, apply the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream as a conditioner and styler ($21). It can be used on dry or damp hair for twist-outs, as scalp butter, or simply to soften hair.

 

Brooke L. Howard
Though year-round access to world-class arts are definitely one of the perks of living in New York, capsule most of us forget to take advantage of the opportunity. After all, bronchi
Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House aren’t just gorgeous buildings. This summer, make time in your schedule to experience the breathtaking performances these prestigious arts institutions have to offer.

Andrey Dementyev

Andrey Dementyev

Carnegie Hall | Carnegie Hall is always worth a visit. Between the exceptional musical offerings and the opulent, historic setting, there’s hardly a classier way to spend a summer evening. To mix things up this season, switch out music for poetry at Andrey Dementyev’s reading of Love is Where It All Begins. The famed Russian poet has won accolades for his way with words. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for a romantic and divinely literary evening on June 22nd.

Florencia En El Amazonas

Florencia En El Amazonas

Jazz at Lincoln Center | Lincoln Center is always teeming with exceptional artistry, and this summer’s lineup proves to uphold that tradition. From June 22nd-26th, the New York City Opera brings a fan favorite to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Florencia en el Amazonas is the debut performance of the City Opera’s new Spanish-language program. Florencia is based on none other than the unforgettably entrancing work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 Tango Fado Project

Tango Fado Project

Lincoln Center Out of Doors | The Out of Doors program is one of the absolute best things about spending the summer in New York City. It brings the performing arts right out into the open, so you can experience incredible performances without buying a ticket or making any commitment at all, really. One of this year’s highlights will be a dose of sensual flamenco with Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, preceded by the electrifying Tango Fado Project. Look for it on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Metropolitan Opera | Is there anything more beautiful than seeing some of the world’s greatest dancers shine on one of the world’s most beloved stages? This summer is about to get seriously romantic because the American Ballet Theater’s Romeo and Juliet is coming back to the Met Opera House. From June 20th-25th, the classic Sergei Prokofiev tragedy will enrapture audiences once again. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see Misty Copeland as Juliet.

– Naakai Addy