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Vaca Hair- Help Out a fellow CN.com Reader

By January 27th, 202116 Comments
Hey Nikki,

First, I love your site!! It is so great and I feel like part of a real community!

I am going away to the BEAUTIFUL ISLAND of BARBADOS in 9 days and 8 hours!! I have no idea what to do with my natural hair. I don’t want to wear extensions because my hairline is just starting to grow back. I want to wear it out, but then I don’t want it to get dry and brittle and damaged from the sun and salty water…

DO YOU or ANYONE FROM THE CURLYNIKKI COMMUNITY have ANY suggestions!! Time is running out!!! Thanks so much and God Bless!

Kandy akd Dr. Hunnibun!!

16 Comments

  • The Amazonian Sovereign says:

    I love that: 9 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes and 42 seconds. But hey, who's counting? LOL! On top of all these other fabulous suggestions, don't forget to invest in a few lovely, flowing silk scarves, sunscreen, a big ol' hat and sunglasses. There will be at least one time where you won't want to do anything with your hair at all. Give yourself AND your hair a holiday by just wrapping it up. Enjoy for all of us who are tagging along in spirit!

  • The Amazonian Sovereign says:

    I love that: 9 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes and 42 seconds. But hey, who's counting? LOL! On top of all these other fabulous suggestions, don't forget to invest in a few lovely, flowing silk scarves, sunscreen, a big ol' hat and sunglasses. There will be at least one time where you won't want to do anything with your hair at all. Give yourself AND your hair a holiday by just wrapping it up. Enjoy for all of us who are tagging along in spirit!

  • Anonymous says:

    individual twists, braids or cornrows 🙂

    have fun

  • Kandy says:

    Dear Nikki and the CN Community…

    I want to thank you all sooooo much for the wonderful advice! THe results are in…drum roll please………. I will be rocking TWISTS!!!! YEAH!!! It is true that twists are versatile…they can be pinned up, let down, untwisted, conditioned, swept to the side with a cute flower!!! The possibilites are endless!! I will also not forget to pack my Shea butter…An ample bottle of Conditioner, my afro pic with the fist on the handle, a decent cream moisturizer, bobby pins and hair accessories..Oh and THE SUNSCREEN and a HAT/Cute little umbrella. I will send pics of my vacay hair when I return! Thanks again for the advice and well wishes! God Bless you all.

    Love from your Natural Bajan Sista…Kandy…aka…Dr.Hunnibun! Muahz

  • Anonymous says:

    I would suggest twists too. Bring clips or ponytail holders so that you can style them in different ways. At the end of the vacation, you can wear a twist-out if you want.

  • Lady Kinnks says:

    I LOVE BARBADOS!! I went for the first time last August. I would do small two strand twist (braid the root) and have a good time! Bring hats/and hair ties for sun bathing 🙂

  • danniebella says:

    I live in Barbados!!!! It's reallllllyyyyy hot. I'm no expert on hairstyles. But I would suggest twists and get them pinned up. Walk with sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a small umbrella and a hat!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Im from Barbados too.. and Im in Barbados right now.. lol.. I would definitely suggest bunning your hair up alot or rocking ponytails.. cus ur prob gonna want it up off ur neck cus right now its really hot.. HOPE U HAVE A GREAT TIME HERE!!

    KELLY

  • Nikki says:

    oh my gosh, I'm from Barbados! How random 😛 If you wanna use some energy you can do twists…but if you're a water baby like me the twists won't last so just moisturize, rock a scarf and fro and go! Have a bomb time!

  • Tracy says:

    Great question! I'll be in Barbados in 11 days and I can't wait. I plan to twist my hair and wash n go's and lots of conditioner before I get in the ocean…ohhh and a sun hat too!

    P.S. you are the 4th person I've heard that's going to Barbados around the same time as me. That is too crazy!! Have fun-we may pass each other at Oistins

  • b. says:

    I took a cruise in April to the Caribbean. My hair is tightly coiled and I did twists the entire week. The same set of twists, mind you. I rinsed them and added conditioner before swimming (I only got wet in the sea two or three days out of five) and they held up just fine. I think the sea water and the humidity actually helped them b/c they didn't look bad until I returned! Near the end of the trip, you can rock a twist-out if you want. If your hair has a looser coil, then this method may not work so well for you and the bunning or co-washing may be a better idea. Co-washing is a great idea regardless if you don't mind shrinkage (I don't) or your hair isn't so long that detangling isn't a beast.

  • shelly says:

    Good question….I'm going on a cruise in one week. I plan to take plenty of leave-in conditioner and wash n' go everyday and let my hair do what it do. Hee Hee Have fun!!!!

  • Alicia says:

    My family is from Barbados! I am so jealous that you are about to go. I was there last Christmas and it was crazy hot, so I know you'll be dealing with the sweltering heat. I would suggest wearing buns or wash-and-go's (w/ co-washing of course). I was swimming and snorkeling almost every day, so I ended up washing my hair everyday. It did fine! I mostly did buns, ponytails/puffs, and wash-and- go's. I was there for two weeks…I miss home. :o( HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey have you tried nikki's bunning technique. It is a fabulous hairstyle for "beach weather". You could even do a bantu knot out one day and have a great bun after day 2 or three! Add a cute little flower or other hair accessory and you are good to go:-)Check out the video section for step by step instructions. Make sure to pack shea butter and a great conditioner (in your checked luggage if it's over 3 ounces… i learned this the hard way) and have a great time on vacation:-))))))

  • Mzmillion says:

    I suggest either bantu knots or coils. Really small coils with a good holding gel that will stand up against the water. Finger coils are easy and if you do them small enough, they last a long time. When it starts to get fuzzy, you can seperate them for a coil out. You can check out my fotki(fotki.com/kinksncurls) for pics of my coils and coil out and check out LadyK for her tutorial, this is how I learned.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjdcJIKIRjg&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=impcUG8FkA8&feature=related

  • Binti's Mom says:

    Have you considered twists? Depending on how long your hair is you can get multiple looks and you can even wash them during your trip! Good luck and have fun!

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