Your hair is exposed to the elements when you travel. Pollution, heat, and the nomadic lifestyle can put a strain on your hair and even damage it. So keep your hair healthy on the road by following these helpful tips.
1. Keep it natural
The best way to keep your hair healthy while travelling is to stay au naturel. Avoid putting too many chemicals in your hair because they can harm it. Keep it strong by leaving the hairdryer and curling irons at home. If you travelling in somewhere warm then it’s already exposed to the heat. Be kind to it and treat your trip as a holiday for your hair. Leave off the intensive styling.
2. Combat chlorine
Nothing beats a swim in the pool on holiday but chlorine can damage your hair. It dries the ends and leaves it susceptible to breakage. It can even cause blonde hair to go green. So rinse it with fresh water before you get in the pool. If your hair is wet it won’t absorb so much chlorine. Rub a leave-in oil conditioner before the pool and shampoo twice to get the chemicals out.
3. Protect your hair from sun damage
Just like sunburn, the sun’s heat and UV rays can damage your hair. Dry frazzled hair is not a great look, not to mention the pain of a burned scalp in the shower. Lighter colours are more susceptible than darker shades so if you want to keep your hair healthy consider wearing a hat or jazz it up with a headscarf.
4. Don’t wash your hair too often
Washing your hair too often can strip it of the natural oils that keep it healthy. It also deals with different types of water when you travel. In Europe and Asia, the water is hard and it makes your hair brittle. Wash your hair every three days and hide any greasy roots with dry shampoo.
5. Tie your hair up
Travel is all about doing exciting things like snorkelling or scuba diving. In order to keep your hair healthy during these activities tie it up so it doesn’t get tangled and damaged. Keep it simple with french braids or a plait. Also, on long haul flights when the air is dry tie your hair up to prevent it from getting too knotty.
6. Condition, condition, condition
Your hair is exposed to the elements when you travel from pollution to humidity and everything in between. You need to give it some TLC. Give it a deep condition every once in a while. Do a hair masque overnight for a bit of luxury. It will feel silky smooth instead of tired and frizzy.
7. Have a few hairstyles handy
Hair can take a back seat when you travel. To keep it stylish and healthy have a few easy hairstyles up your sleeve. Simple hairstyles are a great way to hide a multitude of greasy bad hair day sins. Simply put it in a bun, wear a stylish headband or do a quick French braid and you’re done!
8. Comb your hair regularly
It’s a no-brainer but letting your hair get knotty before you comb it out can weaken it and make it more susceptible to breakage. After swimming it’s tempting to keep your beachy waves but if you do it can get impossibly tangled. Maintaining a combing routine will keep your hair healthy.
9. Drink water
Keep yourself hydrated. It’s as simple as that. Make sure you drink about eight glasses of water a day. Not only will you feel better for it but the water will hydrate your hair and keep it strong.
10. Put down the free products
Those toiletries in hotels are free for a reason. They’re filled with chemicals that can ruin your hair so don’t let them near it. If you really have no choice rub a sparing amount through your roots and ends but avoid the middle length so it doesn’t get damaged.