This month, we welcome new columnist Ryan McEnaney, who’ll share his expertise—and that of other local experts—in a holistic approach to self-care and seasonal body and beauty tips.
With the Fourth of July upon us and the humid days of August quickly following, how do we make it through the dewy dog days of summer? I asked a few local experts for their favorite tricks.
“Want to fight the frizz? Wash less, wash with hydrating shampoo and conditioner, or use hair smoothing products to help seal and protect against weather and your hot irons. If all else fails, embrace your natural texture by using a cream-based product like DevaCurl Styling Cream.”
—Emily Woodstrom, owner at Emily Woodstrom Hair
“It’s easy to neglect our skin in the summer months. A sun-kissed glow can make us feel better about the way we look. But the lazy days of summer don’t mean we can be lazy about our skin care routine. Always wear a non-toxic broad spectrum sun screen (my favorite is Phytomer CC Crème), exfoliate your skin once or twice per week, moisturize and drink lots of water.”
—Kara Huelsmann, esthetician at Pinnacle Wellness Spa
“Make a splash with bold color for the summer! Celebrate the Fourth of July with fun nail art or paint your nails Living Coral (the Pantone Color of the Year) for a girls’ cabin weekend. Don’t have a cabin? Send the kids to Wolf Ridge and make it a girls’ staycation with manis, pedis, and lunch in Woodbury.”
—Desiree Abhiram, regional manager at Frenchies Modern Nail Care
Ryan McEnaney was born and raised in Woodbury. He was formerly a celebrity and beauty publicist in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, and now owns Frenchies Modern Nail Care in Woodbury. He also works at his family’s business, Bailey Nurseries.