So you're going on vacation? Or studying abroad, mission trip, road trip, or just planning to vacate? What are you going to do to your hair?!? Have no fear, Hay Queen is here! I personally, have traveled domestically and out of the country, most times with natural hair. Here are my hair tips for traveling!
1. Pack your favorite moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
Even if you don't plan on swimming, or doing any physical activities, pack this! You never know what kind of element you'll be stepping in. Simply washing your hair could be the cure to dryness, scalp irritations, or strange odors.
And I know co-washing is better than shampooing, but if you need to achieve extra-clean hair, I'd opt for shampooing as well- especially if you will be swimming.
2. Protective styling.
Of course protective styling is ideal! You don't have to mess with your hair on the daily. Your hair doesn't necessarily have to be in your face, and you can truly relax. I would recommend only protective styling if you are traveling for a short time-period. If you will be gone for over 4 weeks, wearing your own hair may be a better option than weave. But don't worry! There are protective styles for your natural hair as well.
Braids are my top option for short-term vacating. It allows you access to your scalp to oil and wash if needed, and none of your hair is left out, so you can truly experience a break from styling your hair. Also, braids can get wet, and still hold up. I wouldn't recommend faux locs if you plan on swimming, because moisture may get trapped within the locs and cause mildew. So if you plan on swimming, opt for box braids, twists, etc.
Now, for wigs. With wigs, I say, why not? If it's secure on your head and you're able to wash it, it can be a very convenient style. You may not be able to participate in every strenuous activity, however. Although, it takes a lot of effort to yank a wig off of one's head with the way nice wigs are designed today, I wouldn't test how far that theory can go. You can get the wig wet, and protect your hair, but be sure to pack extra wig caps, just in case yours gets drenched.
3. Protective style with your real hair.
Puffs or buns are a nice style to have when traveling simply because your hair is out of your face. While buns can act as a protective style, puffs cannot. Because the end of your hair will still be exposed? Puffs are a good day style, but not a long protective style. These were my go-to styles when I was studying abroad in Argentina. Quick, usually easy, and cute. I recommend this ho-to style for anyone traveling long-term.
What are your go-to hairstyles for traveling?