If you’re anything like me, you love traveling. Whether it’s two weeks away in an exotic island destination, or a quick jaunt out of town to visit family for the weekend, there’s nothing like getting away from it all. However, two questions almost always arise once I start prepping for a trip:
“What am I going to do with my hair?”
“What products do I need to bring (without weighing down my suitcase)?”
When I wore my hair relaxed, my go-to vacation style move was to throw in some cute cornrows and call it a day. Since I’ve been wearing my hair natural, I’ve been able to craft great style ideas and narrow down my product needs when it’s trip time.
You can never go wrong with a protective style! If you really don’t want to be too bothered with your hair, get some cornrows, flat twists, braids, weave installed, or wig it up! With those options, you don’t have to be too concerned about styling throughout the duration of your trip.
If you’re more the type who likes variety (including leaving your kinks and curls out to bask in the island breeze), I’ve got you covered as well. The trick is to start your style plan before you leave, and simply maintain it as you go. Here’s what I usually do:
- Prior to leaving, I deep condition, wash, and twist or braid my hair. About 15-20 twists/braids will do, and I will pull them up into a bun or pin them up. This helps to stretch the hair in advance of any hair-shrinking humidity, and gives me minimal issues going through airport security checks. I used to wear a crochet hat or head wrap over my twists, but having to take them off and ruin the whole Boho traveler vibe wasn’t fun.
- Once I’ve settled into my destination, I undo the twists/braids and get ready for fun! As my hair gets wet, or if humidity creates too much ‘fro action’, I’ll either:
- a) go with the fro, b) wash and retwist, or c) do a wash n’ go. C is my least favourite option, as my wash n’ gos get supremely tangled after a day or two. B is my go-to, simply because for a day I can rock bunned or pinned twists, and then the next day I’ll unravel.
When my natural hair was shorter, I was all about the mini-twist and the wash n’ go. As my hair has gotten longer, being able to bun it, twist it, let it ‘fro, or wash n’ go has given me tons of different options to last me while I’m away.