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Travel Worthy Hair

Written by Angela Fields

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Posted on October 17 2020

Do you find that your hair takes a beating every time you get on an airplane? Or that spending a day on the beach leaves your scalp feeling dry or flaky? Vacations can feel restorative and relaxing, but they can take a toll on our hair - especially natural hair which often takes consistent effort to maintain.

And since you can’t (or don’t want to) pack your entire haircare arsenal every time you enjoy some well deserved beach time, it’s a good idea to have a few haircare hacks in your back pocket.

Follow these tips to keep your natural hair as happy as you are on your tropical vacay.

Hydrate

On the plane, be sure to drink lots of water. You should drink about 80 ounces (give or take, depending on which doctor you ask) of water everyday, but you need more when you’re in dehydrating environments (like airplanes). Have a bottle of water ready to go when you board, and make it your goal to drink 8 ounces of water every hour until you land.

Shampoo and condition with warm water

I know a warm shower doesn't seem as relaxing as a hot shower. And, I know after a long flight a relaxing hot shower can seem like the first thing to do. But, hot water can cause hair follicles to weaken over time, and can damage already dried out hair (and dehydrate your skin as well). It’s much better all around to use warm water for your shampoo, condition, and shower.

Avoid chlorine

There are few things as bad for your hair as chlorine - yet there are few vacation activities as relaxing as lounging by a pool. To minimize the damage chlorine can do to your hair, make sure you saturate your hair with water before hopping in the pool. Wet hair will soak up less chlorine than dry hair. You can also saturate your hair with conditioner to add an even stronger barrier against chlorine.

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