by Shelli of Hairscapades
As you know, the airlines are bugging. They are essentially charging for luggage by the pound, with a separate fee for the clothes on your back O_o. So, when you learn that your airline is charging $43 for the first checked bag, $40 for carry-on and an additional $25-$100 for any luggage over the weight limit, you figure out how to make do with less really quickly!! Now, in the past, I’d pack everything but the kitchen sink … I hate being under-packed. But, my frugality far outweighs my fear of not having options, so I knew that, when I went on vacation to Playa del Carmen last week, I had to keep my checked bag under 40 lbs … and that meant big ol’ bottles of hair product were NOT making the cut!!
 
 
So,
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.

  1. Clean hair: I didn’t want to worry about shampooing on the trip.
  2. Well-Moisturized: Needed to make it through the week of heat, humidity and water activities.
  3. 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.
I also packed an empty spray bottle so that I could dilute the conditioner and make a liquid “leave-in” moisturizer to apply as needed.I also knew that I needed a few useful, but compact, hair tools! As I stated above, I wanted a style that I could transition throughout the week. So, I brought an empty spray bottle (to dilute the conditioner), my trusty banana clip, a black satin scrunchy, a few bobby pins, a set of Goody Spin Pins, 4 small perm rods, a small jaw clip and my sheathed purse shears to deal with any pesky knots and splits. Finally, I had to protect my hair! So, I packed a satin bonnet, wide and narrow satin scarves, my terry-lined shower cap and a satin pillowcase (never leave home without that either)!

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!


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How do you do vacation hair? What products and tools do you consider essential? What tips do you have for making vacation hair painless?