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It’s officially summer—and that means a whole lot of sunshine and outdoor activities. Your skin might be protected, but how’s your hair feeling? From soaking up the sun to swimming in salt water (or your neighbor’s pool), there’s a good chance all that warm weather fun is stressing your tresses.
Don’t let longer days damage your locks! Restore the health of your hair with seven stylish products that will keep you looking good (and hydrated) all summer long.
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak
Kiehl’s deep conditioning reparative hair mask is about to become your summer savior. Perfect for all hair types that are overexposed to sun, heat, and processing, this product will find a permanent place in your shower.
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Detangler
Keep your hair free (and clear) of tangles with this vegan spray. Blended with aloe extract and Vitamin E, nourish your locks while restoring smoothness, softness and shine instantly–no matter how dirty your hair might be.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Why wash your hair when you have Amika’s dry shampoo? Free of all the bad stuff (sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial colors), this product is all about natural, easy-to-use glam. It’s a must-have in any beauty bag!
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
Prepare your hair for a little taste of paradise. Though Bumble and Bumble’s product is technically an oil, it won’t
leave your hair feeling greasy—just super soft and ultra smooth, while keeping those humid frizzies away.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Literally beach in a bottle (without the sand), this spray is the solution for dry or coarse hair. Made with Dead Sea Salt and Sea Kelp extract, achieve soft, tousled and carefree waves in no time at all.
Philip Kingsley Sunshine Swim Cap
Consider this product your go-to hair protector. Infused with the citrus and rose scents, Swim Cap is geared to guard your strands against damage from the sun, chlorine and salt water while continually conditioning your locks.
Aim Hi After Beach Leave-In Hair Mist
Searching for a little slice of smell-good heaven for your hair? Make this mist part of your morning routine! With a lightweight essential oil blend and vitamins that promote healthy skin, scalp, and hair, Aim Hi is a bottle of soothing serum that you’ll use all summer (and year) long.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.