Years ago, I strongly considered trying out for Survivor. I think I would have done a great job flying under the radar because people tend to underestimate me…but I’m stronger and smarter than I look 😉 Anyway, I ultimately decided against trying out for the show.
I like to blame it on my hair.
Oh, the drama. My hair is simultaneously great and terrible. Great because it’s unique – it’s my signature look and my statement piece; terrible because it’s demanding and slightly exhausting and sometimes I can’t see while I’m driving because it’s in the way.
Clearly, I’ve had this hair my entire life, but I’ve only recently embraced it fully. It can be a tough world for us curly girls. Especially when we travel…although over the years, I’ve learned a few tips that have made it easier.
Here they are:
1. Don’t wash your hair as often.
Have you tried this yet? Not washing my hair was the best tip I ever got. In fact, my hair is so dry that I only wash it a few times a year – I just use conditioner instead. It’s made a huge difference. My hair is healthier and curlier, and it just looks better. This tip is great for travel because it cuts out both a product (shampoo) and a step (washing).
2. Keep your hair happy.
I’ve already told you that my hair broke off in Hawaii last year, right? Yep. I was living it up in the surf for days, not really thinking about the deadly combo of drying salt water and scorching sun. When I got home, my hair broke off in handfuls. It was traumatic. I managed to save it with a good cut, but if you look closely you can totally see all the sunbleached damage (no, those are not on-purpose highlights!)
My advice: moisturize like a maniac, and cover it up (hat, scarf, towel…). If you decide to frolic in the waves, rinse out your hair with non-salt water afterwards. And don’t forget to moisturize on the plane! I like to put on a deep conditioner, then wear a hat.
3. Try local products.
This can be really fun. Local drugstores and dollar stores often stock products that you’ve never heard of or could never get at home. I’ve found the most amazing goodies while traveling abroad – Shea Butter in Africa, Coconut Oil products in Hawaii. Ayurvedic Herbal Oil in India…delightful and usually super inexpensive. Live it up.
4. Contain the madness.
Twist it, braid it, Princess Leia it…or have someone do it for you. This is me, getting my hair twisted in Cameroon.
5. Cut it off.
Have you got any tips for traveling with curly hair?