Read on to learn about my top 3 curly hair travel tips you need to know before your next trip!
Are you getting ready to travel for vacation to a sunny beach? Perhaps on a business trip and you’re worried about taking care of your curly hair? As someone that travels multiple times a year–whether it’s to see my family in the Dominican Republic or go to a work conference–I understand the need of taking care of my hair on the go while also making sure they look great! It can be hard: you don’t have all of your hair tools and your products don’t fit in the suitcase? But don’t worry! I have 3 curly hair travel tips to help you while traveling and maintaining your beautiful curls, too!
Curly Travel Tip 1: Pack your hair product essentials.
How much you pack for your hair depends on how long your trip is. If your trip is 3-4 days, you’ll just have to keep in mind how to refresh your curls. Keep handy your favorite lightweight oil to tame any frizzies that come your way. You can also use a travel-sized product to refresh your curls. Personally, I like refreshing with a mousse. I find it gives me enough hold to fix a couple of curls without having to wet my hair.
If you need to pack for a wash day, I love packing hair product bars, like shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in. As I Am sells curly-friendly products and I think their Hemp Seed Oil Bars are great for traveling. I keep a beauty travel bag with my As I Am Hemp Seed Oil Bars ready to pack for my next trip. Using these hair product bars for traveling means I don’t have to worry about the liquid limit for my carry-on suitcase because these products are SOLID. It’s BRILLIANT (and low-key makes me feel like I hack the curly girl packing game every time I do this!). This is probably my favorite curly travel tip!
I also make sure to have travel-sized stylers. I pump my everyday curly gel into a travel-sized bottle or buying the travel version itself. And because you saved so much liquid space using the hair product bars, you have more than enough space for your skin and body beauty products.
Curly Travel Tip 2: Pack your hair tool essentials.
Protect your curls at night! Girl, you didn’t work this hard for your hair to get messed up while you sleep! If you’re staying in a hotel or Airbnb, be sure to use a satin or silk pillowcase or bonnet to protect your curls while you sleep. This will help to reduce frizz and tangles, and keep your curls looking their best.
For a wash day while traveling, you will need your trusty hair detangling brush–unless you already detangle with your fingers. Personally, I don’t have the patience to do that I always pack my trusty Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush when I travel and I also use it to define and style my curls. Some people like traveling with the Tangle Teezer Travel-Sized Brush, but I find that my regular brush fits just fine in my luggage. It’s up to you!
If you’re going to need a wash day while you are traveling, also pack a collapsable diffuser. Make sure it is compatible with most hotel and standard hair dryers. I like this one from Rizos Curls. It’s a cute pink color and I have found that it fits on almost every hair dryer I have tried. It might take longer to dry your hair than with your hair dryer at home (especially if you’re used to something like the Dyson), but at least packing the collapsible diffuser won’t take up all your space in your carry-on.
But please make sure where you’re staying has a hair dryer! There have been times that I bring my collapsable diffuser on vacation only to learn that the Airbnb doesn’t provide a hair dryer. Cut to me with dripping hair and wet shoulders in an air-conditioned restaurant. It is not cute! And you can avoid it.
An optional item that I usually like to bring when a travel is a microfiber towel. I like this one, which is a two-pack. It also has a button to secure the towel on your head while you do other things to get ready. Using a microfiber towel helps cut down my drying time. That way I can get back to my vacation or my business trip faster, even with a hotel hair dryer. I say it’s optional. If the microfiber towel doesn’t fit in your suitcase or you don’t have one, you can always use a dirty cotton t-shirt that you brought on the trip. Just make sure you air dry the t-shirt after you use it!
Tip 3: Your Itinerary and the Weather
Take into consideration your plans while traveling and the weather of the location where you’re traveling. If you’re going to be at the beach all day, then you know you’ll be wetting and washing your hair every day after the beach. In that situation, I like to concentrate on washing my hair between beach sessions to get the salt and sand out of my hair. But, I deprioritize defining my curls, just use leave-in and out the door. On vacation I don’t need my hair’s definition to last. However, if your vacation or trip doesn’t involve a lot of diving into pools or beaches, then you know you’ll keep your regular wash day schedule. But you should pencil a time in to do it in between your activities.
The weather where you’re going is also important to consider when you’re thinking about maintaining your hair healthy and styled how you like it. A humid environment or a cold vs hot temperature will influence your hair routine while you travel. Make sure you take that into account, as well. Embrace your natural curls. If you’re going to a destination with a different climate than you’re used to, keep in mind that your curls may behave differently than they do at home. Accept any adjustments and try to go with the flow – your curls will appreciate it!
So there you have it – my top 3 curly hair travel tips. With a little bit of planning and some careful packing, you can keep your curls looking and feeling great, no matter where your travels take you. ¡Buena suerte!
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