Follow these tips to keep your natural hair fly during your trip!
When it comes to traveling, hair is just as important as prepping and packing for a trip. Really, who wants to frolic on the beach in a cute bathing suit, but have jacked up hair?! Even though natural hair on vacation can be a bit more freeing than relaxed hair at times, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own set of travel challenges. Whether you’re rocking a frohawk or a head full of curls, follow these tips to keep your natural hair fly during your globe-trotting adventures.
Different climates can do different things to your hair. Since you wouldn’t want to travel to some great destination and not have any cute pics of yourself to prove it, make sure you stock up on products to counter humidity, dry air, hard shower water and any other elements that can ruin your vacation locks. Be sure to buy travel-sized containers at your local beauty supply store so that you can bring along your must-have products in case they aren’t sold where you’re going.
Protect Your Hair
It would be a disaster for you to spend hours creating a cute style, only to have it smashed to smithereens against the plane window while you sleep. Instead, try wearing a protective style like twists or braids while on the plane, then take it down and style before you land. This way, your hair will look as refreshed as you do. Also, be sure to pack a satin bonnet or scarf to sleep in at the hotel, wouldn’t want those cotton pillows ruining your hair.
Stick With Your Tried & True Style
As tempting as it may be, going on vacation is not the time to try out that new hairstyle you saw on your favorite blog. Just like with relaxed hair, it can take a few days to get a new style laying just the way you want it. Besides, who has time to fuss with hair when in paradise! Instead, stick with what you know works for you so you can spend less time in the mirror and more time having fun.
Have A Back Up Plan
Let’s face it, sometimes in the battle between Mother Nature, hair products and your hair…your hair loses. Just because your hair won’t cooperate the way you want it doesn’t mean your vacation has to be ruined. Stock your suitcase with back up accessories that can turn your hair don’t into a hair do. Make sure you have a few headbands, fancy headscarves, hair ties and a cute hat or two for hair emergencies.
When all else fails remember this: You’re on vacation….not the red carpet! If your hair won’t lay a certain way…so what! If frizz is making your hair look more messy than sleek…so what! Let go of the hair perfection and embrace the moment! Stop worrying about your hair and focus on having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Featured photograph is from The Coiffure Project
Loved this article ! Wish I had this two months ago when I visited the Dominican Republic. I followed most of these tips but just learned about few more I could've followed. The salt water definitely took a toll on my hair. Nonetheless, I can't wait to travel again ! And your right, traveling with natural hair is so freeing.
Yes, yes, and yes! I do not experiment on the road, I stick with what I know because it saves valuable time. :D
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Take Note of Peak vs. Off Peak Travel Times
Sure it sounds great to travel to Europe in July, but unless you’ve got about $1000 for the flight alone, budget travel in the summer is a going to be a tough one. Try traveling during off peak seasons like fall and winter. The weather might not be warm enough to get your tan on, but it may still be just as lovely…just like the prices. Keep your eye on sites like Airfarewatchdog, Kayak Buzz and Skyscanner so you don’t miss deals when they pop up.
Packages Are Your Friend
"Give a man your points, he'll travel cheap for a day.
Teach a man to earn his own points, he'll travel cheap for a lifetime"
--Unknown Travel Guru
The picture above was taken in Lima, Peru from the runway of the Jorge Chavez International Airport.