If you’re faced with a vacation but don’t know what you’re going to do with your hair, you’re not alone. Sometimes vacations, especially to places that have pools and beaches, can wreak havoc on your locks. Sticking to a healthy hair routine is key when traveling, so don’t forget bringing your regular washing and styling products along. You don’t want to have to resort to the hotel soap it can strip your hair and make it brittle. With a little planning, you can anticipate the types of conditions you’ll be faced with when you arrive at your destination, such as humidity, so you can bring the proper reinforcements.
Chlorine can be a killer on your hair. Public pools, in an effort to overcompensate for the many people who swim in them and the germs they carry, may harbor unhealthy levels of chlorine. We’ve all seen that green tint that blond hair can get in the summer, and it’s due to constant exposure to chlorine. Pool water can also tangle your hair and make it hard to brush out. When lounging by the pool, wear a straw hat or other type of cap that can keep your hair from tangling. If you must take a dip, use a spray conditioner mixed with water that you leave in for the day while poolside, advises Lonely Planet.
Those with naturally curly hair cringe at the thought of going outside when it’s so humid it’s like a greenhouse. Frizz much? If you’re headed to a tropical destination, plan on humidity being part and parcel of the trip. Tame your mane with a few simple tricks. Start off with a good shower routine. Stock your shower stall with a lightweight moisturizing formula to hydrate your hair properly so it doesn’t suck all the moisture from the outdoor environment, says Cosmopolitan. Once you emerge from the shower, apply a lightweight serum or oil to your still-damp hair to counteract the humidity. When drying, use only a soft-bristled brush in a downward motion. If your hair dryer has a cool shot, use it to seal in the style. When it’s time to style your hair, use a light anti-frizz hairspray to keep it all in place.
Keeping your hair from getting too dry while traveling can be a challenge but nothing you can’t handle. According to the Puig Hair Restoration Center, a provider of eyebrow transplant surgery, using a mixture of one egg, oil and water, massage into the hair, then wrap your head in a clear bag. Don’t wash it out for at least 30 minutes. If your room doesn’t have a hair dryer, don’t sweat it. Instead, just slather leave-in conditioner, let it dry naturally or put it up in a bun to keep it off your neck. To avoid the no-dryer thing in the future, always pack your own mini dryer, along with shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. We haven’t forgotten about the men. For you, it’s simple. Hit the barber right before vacation to get a cut and style, and this should last you the trip. Carry your own mini versions of your favorite styling products to save space in your suitcase.
Traveling doesn’t have to be brutal on your hair. You just need to do a little preparation!
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