Ashley Blaylock, Badass Beauty
Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Blaylock
In law school, Ashley Blaylock vacationed in Nicaragua and fell head over heels for the Central American country. At 25, she ditched her safe tax attorney career at a Houston law firm to follow her dream, finding a job in real estate law in Nicaragua. It didn't take her long to fall for surfing, but it did take a minute to get the hang of it. “Surfing is one of the hardest sports in the world! The waves are always changing, there are a lot of conditions outside of your control," Blaylock says. "It took me like a year to stand up on my board. I don’t know that I had natural talent, but I had dedication, perseverance, and persistence.”
That persistence paid off, and within two years Blaylock became Nicaragua’s female surf champion, a title she held onto for six years. The win gave her confidence to pursue her next dream: founding the country’s first all-female surf school for women, Chicabrava.
Chicabrava now hosts all-female surf camps, and does outreach in the community. “I do think I've made a difference for girls in Nicaragua, seeing that women can do the things that guys can do.” For Ashley surfing is more than just a sport, “Surfing teaches you to be fierce because you face your fears head on. It can be lifechanging. In addition to having an amazing vacation, I want women to feel empowered, fulfilled, and balanced," Blaylock says. "Ultimately, it’s about self-discovery.” How does Ashley look so amazing while riding the waves? Find out, below.
MAKEUP PHILOSOPHY: If you’re doing a sport like surfing, you can’t wear makeup; it’s not really convenient, lifestyle-wise. I pretty much don’t wear makeup unless I’m going out somewhere. What happens is if you wear makeup all the time, then when you don’t have it on, people notice that you look different. But if you never wear makeup, when you put some on at night, people are like, “Wow you look so nice!” For me it’s NARS Orgasm blush and a coral colored lipstick for that fresh beach look.
SUNSCREEN FOR SURFERS: I always tell the girls at my surf camp: A tan is nice but it lasts for two weeks; wrinkles last forever. Not worth it. The main thing I’ve focused on throughout the years is sunscreen. I wear Banana Boat Baby SPF 50. The baby formulas don’t sting your eyes, and they are all real thick and protective. You want to put it on every time you take a break, about once every one to two hours. A lot of people like fancy sunscreen, but it’s not necessary. It’s also good to use zinc on your face, but it can get pretty expensive for a small tube. Instead, get a huge tube of unscented diaper-rash cream and it works the same. Trick of the trade.
SURFER HAIR: We sell 100-percent edible coconut oil called Brava Butter. You just put it in the palm of your hand and into your hair, right before you paddle, or go to the pool, when your hair is dry. Also, this is the one area where I splurge on salon-quality shampoo, because my hair gets so beat-up from the sun and saltwater. I switch around, but I like Kevin Murphy, Bumble and Bumble, Kérastase Paris and Matrix Biolage.
SKINCARE: I always use a ton of lotion, anything with cocoa butter or shea butter in it. If you get a sunburn, buy the tub of Queen Helene cocoa butter cream, slather it on your shoulders and you will not peel.