We are in June and it is finally holiday time. While we all love going away and catching a golden tan, being abroad can really mess with your hair. The change in weather, temperature and humidity; the inability to bring all of your hair products with you; and the change from your day-to-day routine can all cause your hair to become dry, frizzy and uncontrollable which is annoying because holidays are where the best insta snaps are taken. I am going to Spain tomorrow and I am going to share the tips that I will be taking abroad with me to keep my hair under control.
One of the things I am going to be doing on my lil break away is swimming! Going somewhere sunny abroad calls for a nice cool dip in the pool and so I am excited to be diving head first into the water tomorrow. Despite this, chlorine can be really harsh and damaging to your hair. To overcome this, before I step in the pool, I spray my hair with water first. Now, this sounds strange, but it allows your hair to absorb clean water first so it isn’t dry rather than sucking in the pool water. After this, I apply a dollop of conditioner to my hair, coating it all in one bunch rather than sections. This will help to keep it moisturised and prevent the drying of the chlorine. Finally, I apply an oil to my hair, usually olive oil (offers an SPF 7). I use a small amount because I don’t want my hair too greasy or to feel like its burning in the sun. You should use light oils that can help protect your hair from the sun as well. This acts as a final barrier between my hair and the water because water repels the water. This will really help your hair to stay healthy in the pool, I would also recommend shampooing and deep conditioning afterwards, to help remove any residue and reduce dryness.
I’ve already mentioned in a previous post on looking after your hair in the summer, that it is a great idea to wear your hair in a protective style while it is hot. I would really recommend styles like braids, buns and twists, but braids especially. Aesthetically, these are my FAVOURITE. These are super low maintenance and look really cute and stylish for photos. I will link some YouTube videos with other protective styles as well for you to choose from.
- Ryanne Bowers – 5 easy protective styles
- Shameless Maya – How To Cornrow Braid Your Hair
- Sayria Jade – Protective Hairstyles for natural hair
- Sayria Jade – Protective Hairstyles for natural hair Pt2
- Gios Wave – 7 Easy Men Hairstyles
I would also recommend opting for acessories, that help to protect your hair from the heat and the sun. While sun hats don’t suit everyone you can make use of head scarves etc. I love to wear my hair out, so when I am on holiday, I make an extra effort to ensure that my hair is thoroughly moisturised but always keep hair bands on my wrists so I can tie it back if I am getting to hot or I am about to do an activity like ziplining or rock climbing etc.
HEAT AND HYDRATION
Drinking at least two liters of water a day will help the strength of your hair, increasing growth. Dehydration immediately halts hair growth. Your hair is like a plant; when watering a plant, it is better to pour water into the soil rather than directly on to the plant because the water is absorbed in through the roots. This is the same with your hair, while it is great to spray your hair with water, your water intake is so important to the health of your hair. You should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day but if that’s a struggle start my drinking a cup each day and then increasing it to 2 then 3 and so on. This will do wonders, trust me. If you want to jazz up your water, add fruit like lemon, berries mint etc. I also like to carry around a small spray bottle with me. I will creat one of my refresher sprays by just mixing a little water and conditioner together. This will help to revive my curls by keeping them moisturised and hydrated.
When you go on holiday, it’s unlikely that you can bring all of your hair products with you. Even if you pack your favourite go-to hair products, they may not work depending on how your hair reacts to the heat and humidity of another country. It is SO important to consider humidity when going abroad. The issue with humidity is that there is a lot of moisture in the air and therefore too much moisture is being absorbed by your hair. This is partially due to our hair products that contain a lot of humectants. Humectants attract water so they keep hair moisturized by attracting water from the environment into the hair. These are ingredients like glycerin, honey and most ingredients ending in glycol. Try and incorporate natural sun protectors like Shea Butter that has a natural SPF of 4-6. This will help you moisturise your hair and protect it from the sun at the same time. Look for leave in conditioners with SPF in as well to give your hair moisture throughout the day and extra protection.
Enjoy your holidays everyone, you deserve it! Let your hair down (or put it up) and have some fun before you return to reality. I hope these tips help you keep your hair healthy, happy and under control while you’re abroad. Have fun!
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