by Adeola of The Mane Captain
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, long distance or short distance,we can all agree that traveling can be stressful. For us naturals, the stress level can easily escalate as we contemplate which tools and products we can bring along and what to leave behind to avoid paying fees for excess weight. Some of us might even have to worry about the effects of environmental changes on our hair and the cultural acceptance of our Afro hair in the host country. However, in order to make sure that you and your hair have a great time while away, I suggest giving the following practical tips a try the next time you travel.
Put your hair in a style that should hold up for a few days.
Have a plan for the hairstyles you’ll be wearing throughout the duration of your trip so that you’ll know the particular products and hair tools you will need to bring along
Research the climate of your destination. Is it dusty, hot, humid, cold, or rainy? If so, it’s best to keep your hair in a “well behaved style” such as twists and buns which are able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Whether you’re going to be spending your days at the beach, sight seeing, or attending business meetings, having these simple tools on you will allow you to change up your styles when needed.
Rat Tail Comb: For sectioning
Paddle Brush to smooth out a bun, afro puff or pinned hairstyles
Hair Clips: For Sectioning
Bobby Pins: For pin ups
Hair Ties: For buns and puffs
Hair Accessories: To spice up your hair
Spray Bottle: For daily spritz if the environment of your host country demands it
Satin Scarves: To smooth down those buns, puffs and pin up styles. Scarves can also protect your hair from the extreme heat and dusts which might be in excess in your host country
Hats: Can be used to serve the same purpose of a scarf and to cover up unpredictable bad hair days which can arise in extreme weather conditions
Satin Bonnet: For night time
Travel size product containers: to keep your products in
|These save space and weight|
Avoid going to the airport with big hair so that you can avoid the “awkward hair pat down.” Bounded styles such as twists, cornrows and flat twists are also able to withstand shrinkage and frizz. They’re also easy to sleep in during your long flight, car, train, or bus ride.
|I wore an afro on the last day of my trip|
Avoid trying out new products and hairstyles which can be unpredictable and time consuming.
Be prepared for the extra attention, comments and remarks you will receive in your host country. Also be open to answer curious questions about the nature of your hair as the natural hair community is still growing and so the locals in your host country might be unfamiliar with it.
Be prepared to have your hair behave in ways you’ve never experienced before
Stick to low manipulation styles which will be accommodating to the climate of your host country and the activities you’ll be doing.
If you’re going on a business trip to a place where Afros aren’t common, conservative hairstyles such as a bun, roll tuck n pin, and twists will be suitable, rather than a full out twist out or afro which can be distracting.