Dry season is a season where there is little to no rainfall and low humidity. It’s mostly comfortable for people as they can enjoy outdoor events. However, the prevalence of global warming has brought about intense heat waves that has made the days and nights a lot hotter than usual.
I know you must wonder what to wear and how to maintain a fresh look. For starters, this is not the time for a lot of clothing to avoid sweating too much and messing up your slay.
Here are key tips to help you maintain your glam in this dry/hot season
It is imperative that you own a body lotion, body oils, and or Shea butter. This is to help lock in moisture in your body and avoid dryness/”ashiness”. You don’t want to go around looking like a “white walker”. It’s also important to own a lip balm to keep your lips moisturized and soft. It isn’t pleasant talking to someone and you can see the drought and cracks on their lips. For the champions of toxic masculinity, it isn’t gay to use lip balm, get one today.
Avoid thick and heavy garments
Invest in outfits made with fabrics such as chambray (similar to denim but lighter), bamboo (softer than cotton, hypoallergenic and Eco-friendly), rayon, linen, cotton and chiffon. They are softer and heat friendly. This way, much needed air can pass through to your body. Be comfortable while you slay!
Ditch the dark colors
Did you know? Dark colored clothes absorb light thereby increasing the level of heat. This therefore makes you hot and sweat. Light colored outfits like white, yellow, pink, sky blue, beige, and the others reflect light. This makes it way cooler, and the best option for dry/hot weather.
Bright/ light colors keep the heat and discomfort at bay but make sure you are wearing the right colors.
Keep your hair protected always
Seeing that as Africans, we are blessed with thick and curly hair, we have to constantly oil and moisturize them. This will bring forth healthier and more beautiful hair.
It’s not easy to maintain this type of hair this dry season as the weather dries up the natural oils produced by your hair. So it’s advisable to lock your hair in a protective style like a weave, braids or crotchet. If you don’t do this, you’ll have to moisturize and condition your hair all the time and that is counterproductive.
When do you drink water? Studies have shown people often reach for water when we are thirsty. If this applies to you, we would like you know for free that it’s not enough. The last thing you want is to be parched and dehydrated this dry season. You have to constantly drink water to help regulate fluid round your body and replace the one’s lost through sweating. Water will also keep your skin fresh, help you avoid kidney stone and the likes. Don’t substitute water for alcoholic beverages or carbonated drinks. Start with at least 2 liters of water every day.
Your body needs to function at its peak and having fluids is just the fuel you need.
Stay moisturized, stay hydrated and watch your slay soar!