Whether due to the heated temperatures of spring and summer or a planned trip, going to the beach is a favorite activity of many around the globe. Swimming pools, lakes and rivers are similarly inviting for fun and relaxation when the weather permits.
However, even in the more relaxed environment, most women still want their hair to look good. But this is certainly not the time to pull out the flat iron and styling products. Instead, you need to find flattering looks that are easy to maintain. Otherwise, you may end up with an unflattering knotted mess.
The fastest and easiest solution is the ponytail. All you need is a strong stretchy band to hold your locks in place. Make sure that you avoid any ponytail holders with damage or metal attachments as these can damage your hair. A soft, loose ponytail will keep your hair out of your face and only takes a minute to do, including fix-ups throughout the day. Consider using a scrunchie that coordinates with your bathing suit.
Another option is to put your hair up in a bun. Though buns were once primarily used by conservative women as a way to secure long hair, celebrities have made these a popular hairstyle today. You can find bun designs that sit close to the top of your head down to the nape of your neck.
As with the ponytail, you do not want to pull your hair super tight when creating a bun to wear at the beach or swimming pool. A loose bun will look and feel better. If you are not experienced with making buns, you can find tutorials online and accessories designed to help you create a flawless bun every time. For those adventurous sci-fi fans, a bun on either side of your head is a fun choice.
Similarly, top knots are a popular choice for girls and women headed out for some summer fun. Similar to buns, top knots can be designed for a youthful feel or a more mature, polished presentation. Your hair needs to be shoulder length, and preferably longer for this look to work. If you have bangs, sweep them to one side of your face rather than attempting to hide them within the rest of your hair. The elements and your activities will cause them to fall out and can look awkward. Think of the classic photos of Audrey Hepburn with her hair up and bangs framing the top of her face. You can create something akin to her style, only modernized and more relaxed for the beach.
One timeless design with innumerable choices is the french braid. You can create one braid that includes all of your hair, one running down each side of your face or a combination of the two. The third option involves french braiding each side until you reach the back and then incorporating them into a new french braid using the rest of your hair.
Corn rows are traditionally an African-American hairstyle that is all the rage with celebrities. Somewhat like multiple small french braids, the style will remain in place for several days when secured properly. Bo Derek brought this style to the big screen and you can take it to your local beach!
For those who have shorter hair or little interest in style, a floppy hat is the way to go. Not only will it help protect your hair, it will shield your face and parts of your upper body from the sun. Because wind is common at the beach, use a hat with a scarf or other means of securing it to your head to be sure it does not fly away.
While celebrating summer fun, use one of these hairstyle choices so you will look as great as you feel!
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About the author: Eve Salomon is a successful business owner and fashion enthusiast. She operates the website, AfricanAmericanHairStyleVideos.com which provides helpful and up-to-date videos straight from black natural hairstyle aficionados.
Outdoor reading, a very popular activity with most of people when it comes to spring and summer, when the weather becomes warm and pleasant, flowers start blooming all over the garden. Today for house with open garden, the reading corner is one very important part which is indispensable for patio designer.
Let’s check out those reading corner design idea below and get some inspires for your future outdoor reading space.
Delphinium is a stately, elegant perennial that is a standard in English cottage gardens. Mounds of dark green, glossy foliage are adorned with huge spikes of showy, spurred flowers in early summer. Another common name is larkspur, although this name usually refers to annual varieties.
About This Plant
Delphiniums thrive in regions with relatively cool and moist summers, and often struggle in hot, dry summer weather. However, some new varieties are more tolerant of heat. Delphiniums are available in a range of sizes, from dwarf varieties less than 2 feet tall to those with towering, 6-foot blooms. Flower color includes blue, red, white, and yellow; however, the rich, clear blues are especially prized by many gardeners. The plants bloom in late spring to early summer, and the flowers are suitable for cutting.
Good for cut flowers
Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Choose an area protected from strong winds to keep tall, top-heavy varieties from blowing over.
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Soil should never dry out. Stake tall varieties to prevent hollow flower stalks from snapping in the wind, and deadhead after flowering to encourage rebloom. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every three to four years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
- 2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane (or minced)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup porter or stout beer
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tbs olive oil
- ¼ cup chopped shallots (about 1 medium shallot)
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into cubes
- oil for the grill
- Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
- In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, honey, porter, red pepper flakes, mustard, soy sauce and pepper. Add the chicken cubes, refrigerate for 1 hour and up to overnight.
- Remove the chicken from marinade (reserve the marinade) thread the chicken through wooden skewers.
- In a pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and shallots. Sautee until shallots have softened, about 5 minutes. Add marinade and boil, stirring frequently, until reduced and thickened, about 8 minutes.
- Preheat grill to medium high.
- Brush the grill lightly with oil.
- Brush the chicken with the glaze, place on the grill. Brush with glaze and turn every 2-4 minutes until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.
- Preheat the oven to 400. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Brush liberally with glaze. Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes, brushing with glaze every 8-10 minutes until cooked through.
- Sprinkle with chopped cilantro prior to serving.
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