Close your eyes and consider a surfer. More possibly than now not, the image conjured is one in all an impossibly tanned, shaggy towheaded figure emerging from the ocean in bodycon neoprene. “There’s frequently an association among surf lifestyle and blond Australian or Californian seaside bums,” says Yodit Eklund, founding father of Senegal-primarily based Bantu Wax, a lifestyle surf logo with a task to change the stereotypical photograph surrounding surfers. “In Dakar, I surf with youngsters who found out to surf earlier than they might swim; in Morocco, there are guys who’re exquisite religious, but they get out in their djellaba and into a wetsuit and are satisfactory sufficient to permit me to take their waves. There are many beach babes from many one-of-a-kind tribes.”
Growing up in Ghana, Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and California, Yodit is a surfer and swimmer herself and has clocked countless hours on the beach. “I go to the beach at the least five times per week in Dakar,” she says of her current home base. “But I’m now not the type of woman who likes to just lie on the seashore—I need to be active.” But courageous she can be paddling into the waves of the Almadies Peninsula in Senegal or Anchor Point in Morocco, she admits she takes a softer method to skincare. “Salt can be harsh and drying for my skin and hair,” she says, recalling instances she changed into unprotected within the water, leaving her thick curly hair dehydrated and brittle. Here, Eklund walks us thru her summertime essentials that beat the warmth, sun, and sea for surfers—from all around the globe, with an array of skin kinds and hair textures—and non-surfers alike. After all, she says, “At Bantu Wax, we need anybody to experience like they belong.”
Get generous along with your sunscreen.
“Women in Africa underestimate the necessity of wearing sunblock. Everyone needs to shield their skin; Bob Marley died of melanoma, in the end. I like to use this exquisite sunblock I purchase from a spa in Ethiopia called Tilla.”
Turn to braids for added conditioning.
“I might describe my hair as “Scary Spice”—thick and curly. I want to braid my hair into or 3 braids once I’m in and out the water. It avoids the annoyance of hair entering into my face, and you can hold an oil or conditioner in it at some point of the day so it doesn’t get damaged. I honestly love Shu Uemura’s hair products, particularly the Black Cumin, and I additionally like to shop for argan oil at the power from Marrakech to our shop in Taghazout, Morocco from the different ladies’ cooperatives.”
Always concentrate to your skin.
“I love the usage of a spread of various oils earlier than and after solar publicity on each my hair and face. I try to pay attention to what my pores and skin seem to like and what it needs. I certainly like the consistency of this baobab oil that I purchase in Dakar because it’s thick and hydrating but not at all greasy. I buy it right here in Senegal because you could discover it quite a lot anywhere, and it’s not too luxurious. My pores and skin usually experience extremely good tender and nourished once I use it. For [after-sun recovery], my pals make Obal oil, an aggregate of argan, sour cherry, sweet almond oils, and some different vital oils. It’s brilliant for the face, specifically after an extended day at the beach, so I like to apply it within the evenings.”
Hydrate from the interior out.
“What I drink and devour is this sort of large part of my splendor habitual. For an afternoon at the seashore, I drink lots of water to hold my skin and hair hydrated, however, fruit is also extremely good for this too. I honestly love watermelon! And if I manifest to neglect to deliver fruit with me to the seashore, there’s nearly always a person promoting mangos, berries, or a few form of fresh juice for me to grab.”
Forget makeup, double up on fragrance.
“I like to preserve it quite low-key when it comes to makeup, so my skin care recurring virtually is my beauty routine. But if I do put on make-up to the seaside, it’s normally eyeliner. Chanel’s Le Crayon Kôhl in noir stays positioned quite plenty all day. And it if does smudge, it still looks extraordinary and creates a smoky look. And I want to wear fragrance when I’m at the beach, notably! Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady is my favorite. I’ve always been a tomboy but one way or the other this makes me sense like a woman every time I put on it. I spray a touch bit in the morning and I swear it lasts all day!”
Arm yourself with confidence.
“Being at the seashore and chasing waves, you’ve were given to be confident. Confidence [to me] is feeling healthy and glad. I have an instructor in Dakar who I do circuit training at the seashore with a pair instances per week. Dakar has an actual exercise subculture. By 6:00 p.M., the whole town is out at the Corniche or of their neighborhoods playing sports or operating out. It’s actually exquisite due to the fact you’ll see human beings of all shapes, sizes, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds working out aspect by using aspect.”