When you are traveling you may encounter all sorts of weather and climate conditions. This may cause some unexpected bad-hair-day situations, and it may take an actual toll on the health and condition of your hair.
In this article, we will share some smart tips to help you take good care of your hair wherever you may roam. Read on to learn more.
1. Begin By Learning About The Weather And Climate Of The Area You Plan To Visit
Your hair care routine will naturally vary depending upon whether you expect humid or arid conditions, rain, snow and so on. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you set out and pack accordingly in terms of hair care products, headwear and accessories.
2. Streamline Your Hair Care Routine
You may have a multi-step, complex process at home; however, when you are traveling simplification is your friend. Look for combination products that deliver cleaning and conditioning all in one. Make use of whole body products, such as tea tree oil, that work equally well as scalp conditioners and dry, damaged skin treatment.
3. Pack A Box Of Cornstarch
This is especially smart if you are going to an area where you will not be able to wash your hair. Cornstarch makes an excellent, cheap dry shampoo. Just sprinkle a small amount into your hair, fluff it in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Brush it out and you will find your hair clean and oil free. Cornstarch also makes an excellent powder to prevent heat rash on the body and blisters on the feet.
4. Avoid Using Free Products
If you don’t typically have an extensive hair care routine, you may be tempted to just use the free products provided by most hotels and motels. This is a mistake, though. These products are typically junk and will damage your hair and leave you looking unkempt throughout your vacation.
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5. Only Take As Much As You Need
Do take your own hair care products, but use travel size containers to take only the amount you’ll need for the duration of your trip. This will simplify your packing routine and save you money in luggage fees.
6. Select Multi-Purpose Accessories And Equipment
When you are choosing accessories to pack, look for items that can do double duty. For example, a large cotton bandana can control and protect your hair and act as a sweat-band, handkerchief or bandage. A small travel hair dryer can smooth your locks and also help you remove wrinkles from your clothes for a completely presentable appearance.
7. Protect Your Hair
If you will be swimming in salt water or chlorinated water, be sure to coat your hair lightly with a natural oil before exposing it to potential harm. Just a small amount of coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil smoothed through your hair will help prevent damage caused by salt, chlorine, sun and wind.
8. Wear Proper Head Coverings
If you expect harsh sun, wind, heat or cold be sure to protect your head and hair properly with the right kind of hat, scarf, hood or other headgear. This smart practice will enhance your enjoyment of your experience, protect your overall good health and prevent damage to your tresses.
9. Remember To Comb And Brush Your Hair
If you are heading out to the wilderness and/or wearing a hat or cap every day, you may easily forget to brush and comb your hair. This is a common mistake. If you allow your hair to become tangled and matted, it will break. It’s important to smooth it out and distribute the natural oils through it evenly every day. Even if you are in the middle of nowhere, take a few minutes each morning or evening to brush and/or comb your hair.
10. If All Else Fails, Get A Haircut
Despite your best laid plans, your hair may just decide not to cooperate in your temporary environment. If this is the case, see a local hairdresser or barber for some professional help. A good haircut coupled with products specifically recommended by a local expert should soon set your problem to rights.
When you are traveling, you are bound to have more important concerns than hair care. Whether you are enjoying a vacation or embarking on an important business trip, you don’t want your attention to be diverted by wayward hair. Nor do you want to return from your trip with your hair in horrible condition. Follow the tips presented here for easy, carefree hair-care while traveling.