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6 Summer Essentials for Black Runners

Summer is here and the temperatures are quickly rising. If you live in the south like me, then you know how disrespectful that summer heat and humidity can be.

As runners, it’s important that we stay cool and protect ourselves from the heat at all costs. As black runners, it’s important that we find the right summer accessories and products that work with our skin, our hair, and our black girl magic.

Check out my top picks and let me know what some of your essentials are!

summer running must-haves for black runners

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1. Water Bottle

Nathan Water Bottle for Runners


Hydration is key!

It’s important to drink water all day but especially before and after you run.

If you are someone that runs in the middle of the day or runs longer distances, you may want to invest in a handheld water bottle so that you can stay hydrated at all times.

Top Water bottles for runners:

  1. Motivational Water bottle – Great for All-Day Hydration
  2. Nathan SpeedDraw–  Handheld Running Water Bottle
  3. Takeya Actives – Insulated, Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Read More: 8 Ways to Drink More Water

2. Water Carrier

Nathan Hydration Running Vest
Nathan Hydration Running Vest


Water carriers are great when you need to keep water nearby. There are several different types of water carriers such as vests, belts, and handhelds.

All of them work great, it just depends on your preference. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like to carry things while you run, you may prefer a hydration vest or belt.

Top Water Carriers for runners:

  1. Camelbak Circuit Running Hydration Vest – holds 50 oz
  2. Fitletic Hydra 16 Hydration Belt, – holds two 8oz water bottles
  3. Nathan Hydration Running Vest – holds 1.8L

3. Sunscreen

Neutrogena Beach defense sunblock
Neutrogena Beach Defense


Our melanin is magical but it does not completely protect us from the sun or prevent us from getting skin cancer. Which is why it’s still important to find and use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF for protection.

It can be hard to find sunblock for black people because it often leaves a white residue. Through trial and error, I’ve found a few sunblocks that protect our skin and let our melanin shine.

Top Sunscreens for black runners:

  1. Black Girl SunscreenBlack Owned
  2. Neutrogena Beach Defense – Great for Any Activity
  3. COOLA Organic Sunscreen Spray – Vegan Friendly

Consumer Reports rank Neutrogena Beach Defense one of the best sunscreens for 2020. This sun protection spray has 70 SPF.

4. Hat/Visor

curl cap
Curl Cap


While this one is a matter of personal preference, I would consider it an essential for many reasons. For one, a hat can help protect your head from the sun and prevent your scalp from burning.

If you have a shaved head, then I highly recommend investing in a hat during these hotter months.

A hat also protects your eyes from other elements like rain, wind, and dust. And it helps keep your sweat from getting into your eyes.

For all my runners that have kinky, coily, and curly hair, a visor might be more helpful. I have two Nike visors that I love because I don’t have to worry about braiding my hair just to wear a hat.

A visor gives you the freedom to wear your hair in a high bun or high puff or any other style you prefer.

Top Hats for Naturally Curly Hair:

  1. Backless Baseball Cap – Great for Any Activity
  2. Curl CapBlack Owned
  3. Nike Aerobill Featherlite Visor – Best for High Buns & Puffs

5. Sweat-Resistant Headbands

Sweat Resistant Headbands for Runners
Sweat Resistant Headbands


Want to look stylish and keep the sweat from trickling into your eyes? Grab a headband.

Headbands will not only keep the sweat from burning your eyes but they are also great for keeping all your hairs from sticking to your face.

Top Sweat-resistant headbands for runners:

  1. Sweaty Bands – Plenty of Designs
  2. Buff Headwear – Great for Any Activity
  3. Nonslip Workout Headbands – Best for Budgets

6. Sunglasses

Goodr sunglasses for runners
Goodr Sunglasses

Sunglasses are crucial if you can’t commit to early morning runs or evening runs.

And depending on where you live and what time you run, the sun might still be visible in the earlier hours of the day so it’s good to invest in a pair of sunglasses.

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun so that you don’t have to worry about squinting or causing strain on your eyes. They can also help to keep out dirt and dust providing comfort and protection on your run.

Top Sunglasses for runners

  1. Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 – High Quality, Polarized
  2. Rayban New Wayfarer Classic – Best for Style
  3. Goodr OG Sunglasses – Best for Budgets

Final Thoughts on Summer Must-Haves for Black Runners

Running in the hotter months can be tough if you aren’t prepared. The key to having safe and successful runs is to stay hydrated and take precautions to keep cool.

What are some of your summer must-haves? Let me know in the comments!

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