If you don’t have naturally wavy, curly or kinky hair, you may want to skip this read. If you do but have never heard of the Curly Girl Method, start here.
OK, now that we have that out of the way, I started the Curly Girl Method in August 2018 and it has completely transformed my frizzy waves into bouncy, spirally curls. I love it! The routine and results make me happy, so I want to keep it up while traveling. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned with the goal of packing light and spending less time on my hair and more time enjoying my travels.
- #Treatyoself before and after your trip: the night before my trip, I like to deep condition my hair. The goal is HYDRATION – especially if you’re about to get on a plane which is a dry environment. I give my hair the same TLC when I get home. It may be a good idea to clarify before/after if your hair feels weighed down.
- Simplify your routine: When traveling, the best advice I can give is to keep it simple with products that you know work for your hair and will hold your curls well. Here’s what I bring: shampoo (skip this if it’s a short trip, as I only wash my hair ever 4-5 days), my favorite conditioner (also use this for my leave-in if needed), one or two stylers (definitely a gel, maybe a curl enhancer). I also bring a few root clips to help with volume.
- TSA friendly containers: I put the 3-4 products listed above in 3oz bottles so they can fit in my carry-on. Travel is also the perfect time to use those product samples you’ve stocked up on.
- Travel towel: Even before Curly Girl Method, I brought my microfiber travel towel on every. single. trip. I love the PakTowl – it’s soft, light, drys fast and packs easily. Now it’s even more useful because it’s gentle on my hair and perfect for plopping, scrunching or whatever you need to do. You can also use a soft T-shirt. Whatever you do, ditch the rough, terrycloth bath towels!
- Curly Co Diffuser: Traveling means you want to spend less time drying your hair and more time exploring. This means even air-driers may want to pull out the blow dryer. I love this diffuser because it’s collapsible for travel but also works amazingly well at home.
- Sleep protection: Maintaining your curls and hair hydration while you sleep means less time washing or refreshing. I prefer to pull all my hair in a loose ponytail on top of my head, known as a pineapple. I leave my silk pillowcase at home, however it’d be easy to pack if you prefer that. Sometimes I bring a satin scarf I can use to protect my hair during sleep or wear as an accessory.
- Hair accessories: speaking of hair accessories, sometimes you just don’t want to deal with it. A scrunchie, scarf or headband can help you disguise a dirty or bad hair day. Or just throw it in a bun!
- Most importantly, embrace it. You may not be doing your usual styling routine with your cupboard full of products and maybe you’re in a new climate and dealing with frizz. Who cares? Don’t stress if your hair is not perfect. Enjoy the moment.
Hope this helps! Are you a curly guy/gal? Any questions about my travel routine? Let me know in the comments below!