Question of the Day: Traveling with Natural Hair

Q: Any tips for hair maintenance while traveling?

Traveling with Izzy (Damp twist out)

A: When I travel, I try to take as few products as possible, and sometimes, I’ll even take something where I’ll use up the rest of the product while on vacation and buy something on the ground (like KMF Upper Management Gel from Whole Foods or Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel). What I usually do is put my hair in a set of twists (I hate wet hair on the plane), then leave those in for a few days, then switch to a twist out for another few days. If I’m still away, it’s usually the weekend by the time I’m done with my twist out, so I’ll wash or condition my hair (I pick up drugstore staples like Tresemme or a natural shampoo), and just do a wash n go and let my hair air dry. Just make sure you take versatile products that you have used several times. Vacation is not the time to experiment with a new gel! Also, I take products that I have in smaller sizes, like 4oz products as opposed to my 16oz, so they take up less room in my bag. Mmmm…I think that’s it. Happy and safe travels!


9 thoughts on “Question of the Day: Traveling with Natural Hair

  1. Jennifer says:

    I really like your reviews. I’m new to wash and goes. I’m going to try the KMF Upper Management Gel. Have you ever thought of doing a video that matches leave-ins to gels. Which work best with what gel?… Thanks for the reviews and your blog. 🙂

    • Elle says:

      No, I often mention leave ins I’ve used with gels in reviews, but I encourage people to experiment on their own as well.

      • Jennifer says:

        Thanks, I just started taking better care of my hair and was just looking for a good place to start. Thanks for the response. Have a good day

  2. Angela says:

    I haven’t traveled yet as a natural but I’m looking forward to not taking a flat iron, not worrying about what will happen if I hit a lever in the shower that turns the water on and not snatching my head back in time and not worrying about what if I sweat in my sleep and mess up my fresh perm.

  3. danicurls says:

    I was just thinking about this because I will be going on my first trip since being natural. Probably going to do my usual Tightly Curly method and bring a couple 3oz bottles of Aussie Moist conditioner for the carry on bag. And just rinse if I get in the ocean!

  4. Nibs says:

    I have REALLY dry hair, so can never travel with it loose. Ideally I have it in twists for the journey and twistout on the trip, but if my hair was already loose (e.g. if wearing a twistout before I hop on the plane), I moisturise then put it in an updo or tie with a silk or satin scarf. In terms of products, I’m pretty similar to you.

  5. Carla says:

    I agree with less being more while traveling. I try to bring multi-purpose products such as a rinse out conditioner I can use as a leave in, an oil/butter that I can use on my hair and body, or even a cleanser that I can use on my body and hair.

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