I came up with a plan to get through my vacation with good hair and
minimal products and effort. I had three initial goals in mind.
- Clean hair: I didn’t want to worry about shampooing on the trip.
- Well-Moisturized: Needed to make it through the week of heat, humidity and water activities.
- Sustained Style: I needed to start with a braided or twisted style that would last a few days, stretch my hair and could be transitioned into other styles through the week.
I pre-pooed/deep conditioned, washed and styled my hair in 12 braids on the Friday night before I left for my trip. Now, I was all set for the week with the exception of packing a few hair essentials. I settled on 3 products that I knew would satisfy multiple purposes and packed small, travel-sized containers of them. The items that made the cut?
- A small squeeze bottle that I filled with Aubrey HSR Conditioner = moisturizer, styler, cleanser.
- A small sample pot of Wonder Curl Polishing Pomade = shiner, sealer.
- A carry-out container filled with Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel (a 1/2 c. container would have sufficed) = styler, slicker.
And voila, vacation hair:
So, to wrap this up, here are my tips for easy, peezy vacation hair with minimal effort and products:
- Wash, condition and style hair the day or night before the trip.
- Choose an initial style that “travels” well (i.e. tolerates humidity, winds, snow, etc.), can last several days and can be converted into other styles later in the week.
- Consider a stretched style so that, if washing and a detangling are necessary, it cuts down on the time needed to do it.
- Think about the activities that you will be doing and how/if they will impact your hair so that you can select the right products for the job.
- Select products that you don’t need a lot of so that you can bring travel size containers instead of full-size ones.
- Select products that will serve multiple purposes.
- Bring hair tools that will allow you to maintain and convert your look, if necessary, through the week.
- Hats can be your friends in all seasons. They can conceal scalpy twists or braids, salvage a bad hair day and protect your hair from the elements.
And that’s it! Hope that it helps!