Kinky Hair Travels

Ever since I was in London and cut off all my hair, a new problem joined my life.

What do I do with my hair? How do I do my hair? Is this cute/”ethnic?” or just stupid?

I did the super big big chop (went bald) and have never been natural before this. I didn’t know how to care let alone style my hair. Even though I couldn’t flaunt my baldness like Amber Rose, I do it miss it. It was easy to do and didn’t require much styling.

bald

As my hair grew this is where the problems started. My hair became too long for the short style and too  short for the long styles. Weaves aren’t an option for me because I love the feeling of a free scalp and I workout way too much. Who wants to talk to the girl with the smelly weave? No one.

My 1st struggle was finding my go to style that required the least amount of effort. When I’m traveling, I only want to spend a max of 10 minutes on my hair, which is a tad bit hard. After my bald phase ended I did wash and go’s. But then my hair grew too fast so twist outs became my best friend because that style was completed the night before. Unfortunately,  after a day of wandering and a night of adventures, eco style and coconut oil are the last things I want to see. During these nights my twists came out sloppy and the twist out was a hot mess! My end result would usually be pushing the hair back into a puff. The push back puff became my second go to style. It super easy and can take 10 minutes. Unfortunately, excessive use of this style can damage my edges, that just kinda had to regrow.

friends
For my next trip I’m going to try braids. I use to wear them all the time, when I played sports. There easy to manage and style! I just got tired of them. If your like me then your best options are any protective styles. I love my black kinky hair, but sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it. #lazytomboy

My 2nd issue was how to care for my hair while traveling. Regardless of the flight length, I know I’m going to fall asleep. So what’s the point of wearing my hair out if it’s going to flatten? Also I’m pretty sure laying on my pillow or the airplane is’t beneficial for my hair. My solution to this was to twist my hair and cover it with a silk/satin scarf. Depending on my mood I may wear a cap on top. Be prepared for TSA to pat your head and to ask you to remove the hat and scarf. Trust me this process can become annoying sometimes! But when you reach your destination and untwist, your hair WILL be poppin!

My last struggle is hair care. How does TSA expect me to follow their 3-1-1 rule, when I have so many products to bring?! This a struggle I still can’t find a true solution to because I always run out of space for my liquids. I know they have travel size conditioner, but of course it’s not in the brand I use. I know they have travel size containers, but there the bottle size, not the jar size. Therefore, transferring my eco styler to the small mouth of a bottle is really hard. Buying my hair products abroad is not really an option. Let’s be honest. For this reason I am very thankful that I live in a mixed neighborhood so we have stores dedicated to hair like mine. I even have appreciation the little ethnic hair isles in drug stores! Because you can’t even find that in some countries! When I was dorming in Kensington, I had to travel to Brixton for some products.  The trip was a little inconvenient because I passed so many beauty stores that didn’t sell my products en route to my destination. Surprisingly the trip ended up becoming one of my favorite errands to run because I  finally found a neighborhood that felt familiar.
Can I also just throw in that the chemical composition of tap water changes by country. I can only imagine how that effects the hair. The same can be said for the air quality. Some climates will moisture your hair, others will dry it out.

Hair tip: Always remember to wear a scarf to bed. If you’re like me then sometimes you don’t want a scar on your head. So buy a silk/satin pillowcase. It can help hair and skin.

If anyone can offer any tips please please please comment! I need all the help I can get because I’m still getting used to being natural.

#BGM

3 Comments

  1. Hey Liss, great post!

    I make a rose water spray, with vitamin E oil and glycerin that I can use on my face to set make up and to keep my hair moisturised. I adjust the quantity depending on the climate (no glycerin if its hot).

    I always pack a leave-in-conditioner in a miniature bottle, so if I need to wash my hair, no matter the shampoo I have a conditioner that is suited to my 4c hair, if I don’t have a deep conditioner (right now i’m using Creme of Natures Lemongrass & Rosemary Conditioner).

    Also deep conditioners can be made using natural products found in the grocery store, (honey, olive oil, coconut oil, banana etc) so find a recipe that works for you, that can be your emergency deep conditioner whilst on your travels.

    Hope my tips help!

    Happy travels
    Arté

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  2. Hi Arte,

    I use rose water on my face too, I didn’t realize how beneficial it can be for our hair. Also thank you for the other tips, I will definitely try them for my next trip!
    :)

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  3. I’m on 2nd big chop, and it can definitely be hard the first time around. When my hair is this short, I don’t really do much styling. I just wash, spritz with aloe vera juice, and lock the moisture in with oil (usually olive or avocado).

    It took me a while to find what works for my hair, so if you don’t get it immediately, you’ll eventually get it. Your hair’s properties are the key.

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