Vacation hair care: Maintaining your silky locks while abroad

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When it comes to deciding what to pack for a trip or vacation, our hair is often at the bottom of our ‘Things to Take Care of’ list. However, considering how many photographs are taken when we travel, it should be one of our top priorities to ensure that our vacation pictures show us looking our best.

Adapting to a different climate

In many cases, traveling means entering into different climates, and these changes may play havoc with hair. A hairstyle that looked great at home is suddenly transformed into a frizzy mess while on vacation because of the humidity in the air, the drying effects of the sun, or even chlorinated swimming pool water.

Just as our skin needs a moisturizer to stop it from drying out, so does our hair. The first thing to remember is to pack a hydrating, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and, if possible, a deep conditioning treatment such as a hair mask or Argan Oil, which should be used every three days or so. This will also help to add weight to hair and stop it from becoming puffy.

In most cases, hair does not need to be washed every day, so pack a shower cap for those in-between days to stop it from getting wet in the shower.

Combating “frizzy” hair and tangles

There are plenty of anti-frizz treatments available and these can prove invaluable when traveling; these should be used after washing hair, but before drying it. Once hair is dry, extra protection can be added with an anti-humidity spray. Heat protection sprays that protect the hair against harmful UV rays from the sun are also readily available.

When possible, let hair dry naturally rather than blasting it with a hairdryer, and use fingers to de-tangle hair rather than a comb or brush as these can cause split ends. It is a good idea to pack two brushes when traveling; one that is suitable for wet hair and another for dry.

Travel tips

People often want to look their best on vacation and may decide to color their hair just before they go. However, it is best to have hair colored a minimum of a week before the travel date to close the pores of the hair strands and ensure the coloring does not fade too quickly in the sun. If having highlights done, it is a good idea to ask the stylist to make them two or three shades darker than normal as they will lighten naturally in the sun.

Give hair a vacation as well by leaving heated appliances at home. In hot and humid climates, using straightening equipment or curling irons will just dry hair out more, and one could be fighting a losing battle trying to straighten curly hair in a humid environment anyway.

Enjoy a more relaxed vacation and protect hair by adopting a low maintenance hairstyle. Keep long hair tied back in a ponytail or twist it into a low chignon or topknot, and remember to pack plenty of hairpins and ponytail holders to keep these styles in place.

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