Travelling to a new country can cause those who like to rock their natural hair some anxiety. This is because you know that your afro curls need the right products to function correctly. Unfortunately, finding these afro hair products abroad can be difficult, making it challenging to keep your natural hair hydrated and healthy on holiday. We’ve found that the best way to beat any pre-holding stress is to be prepared. So, here are our eight easy ways to make it a breeze to travel with your curly afro hair.
Check The Weather Conditions For Your Destination
Before travelling anywhere, you need to research the weather in, which will help decide the clothes you pack and which natural hair products, tools, and products you will be taking. For example, if you are going to a place where it is hot and humid, you might need to bring a headscarf to reduce the appearance of frizz. On the other hand, if you know that the climate will be dry or cold, you need to prioritize bringing moisturising products to replenish your afro curls. For instance, our Everyday Curl Refresh With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils can revive your natural hair with just a spritz and can lock in moisture.
Plan Your Natural Hair Routine In Advance Of Your Trip
Before taking your natural hair products with you on holiday, consider your trip’s length. For example, if it’s a weekend trip, you can plan your wash day routine a day or two before you go. This might also mean you do not need to pack for an entire wash-and-go routine.
Alternatively, if you are going on holiday for a week or longer, you might need to pack at least a co-wash or think of a day on holiday when you could spend time washing your afro hair. Our Hydration Shampoo With Manuka Honey is an ideal travel staple for various weather conditions, as it can cleanse and nourish your hair while also banishing frizz and split ends.
Pack Your Own Afro Hair Essentials Into Smaller Bottles
We do not recommend relying on finding natural hair care products abroad. Instead, use travel-sized conditioners to store your favourite shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and hair butter or oils for your holiday. In addition, your travel staples should include your microfibre towel, a wide-tooth comb for detangling, and hair clips to keep your hair in place. Lastly, you can use a clear Ziploc bag to put your natural hair products in.
Pick Up Travel-Friendly Curly Hair Products After Security
If you don’t want to transfer your products into smaller bottles, you could also opt for travel-sized versions of curly hair products. For instance, you could purchase travel-size samples after going through security if you know they will last you throughout your trip. If you are organised, you could pre-order your items and pick them up at the airport after security. Then, once you finish these miniature products, you can throw them away, meaning you have more space in your suitcase for other souvenirs.
Begin Your Afro Hair Care Routine While On The Flight
To protect your afro hair from the plane's dry air, you can opt for easy protective styles like a twist-out, Bantu knots, or French braids. However, before putting your natural hair in styles like these, you could use our Curling Mousse With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater. This mixture can help create defined styles, can add body, and leave your afro curls feeling conditioned.
More importantly, it can also reduce frizz from occurring due to changes in environmental conditions. While holding, you can also experiment with other low-manipulation hairstyles, such as the half-up, half-down style, or a messy bun.
Do Not Forget About A Satin Or Silk Night -Time Routine
You cannot expect the place you stay at to have afro-friendly bedding. So, carry your silk or satin pillowcase or headscarf to help retain your natural hair’s moisture. You can also try massaging a generous amount of our Curling Crème With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils on your curls before putting them into your headscarf.
Condition Regularly To Avoid Dryness When On Holiday
Your natural hair will be exposed to various elements, such as the sea, pool water, and sand. Even if you do not want to shampoo regularly on holiday to avoid further dryness, opt for a cleansing co-wash that can clean and condition your curly hair simultaneously.
Alternatively, use a hydrating conditioner like ours with manuka honey and avocado to deep condition and put the moisture back into your curls. All you need to do is keep this conditioning mixture on your afro hair for around 20 to 30 minutes. Then mimic a steaming process using a shower cap and a heated microfibre towel. Finish off this conditioning routine by applying a small amount of our Leave-In Conditioner With Manuka Honey And Avocado Oil throughout your afro hair.
Expect And Prepare For Bad Natural Hair Days
Sometimes your curly hair will not want to cooperate with your styling needs. So rather than miss out on the fun things you could enjoy while on holiday, remember to pack a head wrap scarf or turban to keep your afro hair tucked away and moisturised. Additionally, if you want to tame your natural curls, try our Curl Elongating Gel With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater, which can tame frizz and define your curly hair.
Your holiday or weekend away should be a time to recuperate, discover and have fun. It should not cause you to worry more about your afro hair. So, keep your holiday hairstyle routine simple by planning ahead of your trip by using our tips.