Although it may not seem like it when I am out and about travelling I like to do everything I can to look after my hair. I have naturally frizzy and curly hair and just the slightest bit of sun or chlorine damage could result in me having to have a major chop – my worst nightmare when it comes to my hair.
I haven’t always been this way, but after my trip to Bali earlier this year I realised how important haircare was as I found that my hair was SO damaged when I came back. Since then, I have done lots of research and testing and have picked up some handy tips and trips to keep my hair in good condition whilst travelling:
- Experiment with easy to do hairstyles – Styling your hair every single day can be an absolute nightmare as not only could it damage your hair, but it also takes time out of your day of exploring. If I am styling my hair I tend to pick from a couple of easy styles that take no longer than 10 minutes, meaning my hair isn’t undergoing too much stress and it doesn’t take me too long to get ready. My favourites are space buns and plaits, as both are super simple and easy to do.
- Use products that protect your hair from the sun – If you’re going to be in a destination where it’s warm, thinking about using products that protect your hair from the sun is a great way to minimise damage. There are lots of different serums and spray’s you can use to protect your hair from the heat, but if you’re concerned about packing products then there’s always the option of wearing a sun hat during the hottest hours of the day.
- If you’re travelling to a warm country, try to keep it nourished and use intensive conditioners regularly – Before, during and after you travel to a hot country it is incredibly important to ensure you’re treating your hair with an intensive condition regularly. Whilst it doesn’t have to be every single wash, using an intense treatment once a week will minimise the risk of your hair drying out in the heat.
- Give your hair a break and try to avoid using heated products, especially in hot countries – Having a break from your hair straighteners and curlers may be a great way to minimise damage. I used to worry that my hair wouldn’t look good in the photos I took, but now I find that looking after my hair is so much more important than how it looks in my Instagram photos.
- Wear your hair down where possible – If possible, wearing your hair down and natural is a great way to let it breathe as although tying it up may be convenient, often using hair bobbles can be damaging to hair and cause it to knot.
- Pack shampoo and conditioner that is designed to repair – No matter where you go, it’s likely you’re going to have to take shampoo and conditioner with you (or at the very least buy it when you get there). Look for shampoos and conditioners that are designed to repair your hair and you should have absolutely nothing to worry about!
How do you look after your hair while travelling?