In my last post “Look Fabulous During Your Holiday Vacation…With Natural Hair” I discussed my tips on how to stay fab while traveling for the Holidays. Since I’m heading down South to visit family next week, I thought I would share some of my travel must-haves.
Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue or Curly Pudding – I like to travel with as little fuss as possible since traveling is stressful enough. I normally choose products that are high on hold and moisture. I find that both Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue and Curly Pudding provide both. I usually choose styles that include two strand twists. At some point I’ll take down the twists and re-work my style for a fresh look. The thing I love about MJ (or any product with hold) is that my twists look for “fresh” for the duration of my trip. But, also because when I take out my twists they are defined and moisturized. I don’t have to worry about losing definition or creating frizz while I sleep [on it].
Satin Bonnet or Scarf – Something to protect my hair at night is a must. Either a satin bonnet or scarf is fine; it just depends on my style. If my hair is out then a bonnet is probably better. But, if your hair is braided or twisted a scarf is probably better.
Satin Pillowcase – Even though I travel with a bonnet or scarf, I also take my satin pillowcase. I like to be prepared and I know the chances of my hotel or family having satin pillowcases are slim to none.
Bobby Pins – Bobby pins are amazing for a quick hair fix. I pack large and small ones just to be on the safe side. Whenever I am in a rush and my hair is not cooperating I can use a few bobby pins for a quick, chic updo.
Tea Tree Oil - When I’m away I try to avoid washing my hair – which works out fine if I’m not traveling for more than a week. However, sometimes even though your hair isn’t necessarily dirty you might have dry scalp, especially during the winter. For times like this, I like to apply a little tea tree oil to the dry area. The oil helps soothe and moisturize.
Oil - I always coat my fingers with oil before I take down my twists. This is not mandatory and any oil will do but I prefer not to use the tea tree oil for this. I often reach for Entwine Couture’s Argan Oil. It’s a great oil and it’s small so it’s the perfect size for traveling.
Head Band and Hair Tie - If all else fails, while I’m away, I’ll puff my hair. I always make sure I pack an elastic/headband and hair ties. My favorites are the ouchless ones by Goody. I don’t use anything with metal because it can snag my hair which can be harmful and painful.
Moisturizer (Optional) – I’m not a big moisturizer. (I know ::gasp::) I don’t usually travel with any moisturizers. But, if you are big on moisturizing, make sure you pack your favorite in a travel-friendly container. There are tons of moisturizers with different bases. Personally I would take a cream-based moisturizer because it can also be used to re-twist your hair at night. A creamy moisturizer that I like is Shea Moisture Curl & Style Hair Milk. It comes in a travel size, too, if you purchase the starter kit.
I hope this list has been helpful if you are preparing to travel. What are some of your natural hair travel essentials?