How I prepped my hair for travel and styled it in England

Ever since I started my natural hair journey I’ve been aware that once I’d be taken out of my comfort zone of my flat it’s more than likely that I’d feel a little bit out of sorts doing my hair somewhere where I don’t have access to all my usual products. Not only that, but the fact that I’d be on holiday would mean that I should be out and about visiting with family and friends instead of being indoors spending hours doing my hair. So as the trip to England approached, I quickly came up with a game plan on how I would maintain my hair while on holiday.

Getting my hair travel ready 

Initially I had had a nice long deep conditioning session, followed by  a twist installation in mind for the day before I got on the plane, but as luck would have it, I didn’t have the time for either of those things. So instead I chose to clarify my hair, as I had planned to only co-wash while I’d be in England, and followed it up with a moisturising  conditioner which I oil rinsed out of my hair for added moisture and slip. Afterwards I added my usual products and let my hair air-dry. Once it was time for bed I pineappled it all, and by the time I boarded the plane the next day I chose to simply make a high bun as a protective style. Just before take-off I wrapped a pretty silk scarf around my head to protect the hair at the back from the fabric on the head rest. This method served me well because when I finally took down my hair at my final destination, my hair was still moisturised and soft.

Maintaining my hair while on holiday

As I mentioned before, I came up with a game plan well in advance of going on this trip. I had planned to travel to England without any hair products as I knew that I would buy quite a bit once I was there. So instead, Amazon became my best friend as I purchased the following As I Am products in the knowledge that I would mostly be wearing my hair in a wash & go state. This is what I ordered:

  • Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • Curling Jelly Coil and Curl Definer

I have mentioned it before that I really love this product line, but oh my word, using all 4 of these products together really was a heavenly spa treatment for my tresses. My wash & go’s looked Ah-mazing.

Here’s the why and the how:

I co-washed my hair twice while on holiday, and each time I followed it up with the intensive conditioner. I just left it on for a few minutes while I carried on with the rest of my shower routine. I loved how soft and moisturised it made my hair feel after leaving it on for just a few minutes. When it came to styling my hair, I made sure my hair was almost soaking wet while I applied the leave-in conditioner followed by the curling jelly. Adding product to soaking wet hair aids in locking in moisture and minimising frizz, especially with wash & go’s (well for me anyway). On the days that I needed to refresh the style in between washes, I would simply use my spray bottle to spritz my hair with water, smoothed through some leave-in, and then added some curling jelly again. As the jelly provides such great definition and moisture, I didn’t have to refresh every day either.

The only think I missed out on was my beloved coconut oil and by the beginning of the second week I caved and bought some from the local supermarket. I’d apply the oil after the leave-in and right before the curling jelly. I think it just just added that extra bit of shine and softness. The combination of these moisturising products really made for stress and hassle-free low maintenance holiday hair.

What more could a curly girl ask for?

Remember to always love your curls!

x

Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored to sing these products’ praises. I just really love it for my hair! 

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Dry hair? Try co-washing for moisturised hair

Co-washing natural hair

Did you know that it is possible to cleanse your hair by skipping the shampoo and using conditioner only? Conditioner washing, commonly referred to as co-washing is  exactly that –  a method of cleansing the hair preferred by many curly girls because of its ability to keep the hair extremely moisturised. Since we already know that water is a naturalista’s best friend, the H2O combined with conditioner create a dream team for detangling and high moisture levels.

How do I co-wash?

Essentially you follow the same process as you would when using shampoo, except that you replace it with conditioner.

Why co-wash?

Most shampoos tend to contain ingredients that are too harsh for the hair. If you’ve ever had that squeaky clean feeling after washing, it’s most likely due to the harsh chemicals which have stripped the hair of not only dirt and product build-up, but also of the scalp’s natural oils (sebum) which can lead to severely dried out tresses. These ingredients include, but are not limited to parabens and sodium laurel sulphate. The sebum already has a harder time reaching the ends of the hair due to navigating the curls’ twist and turns, so this really isn’t good if you’re trying to keep your strands moisturised. No need to add fuel to the fire by stripping your delicate curls  of it protective sebum. 

It is also many naturalistas belief that conditioners contain a small amount of gentle cleansers and that they can and should be used more than shampoo to clean curly hair.

There are a few ways that you can incorporate co-washing into your regime. You can kiss shampoo goodbye completely and only use conditioner, or you can co-wash in between shampoos to freshen up your hair so you don’t have to shampoo as frequently.

Benefits of co-washing

  • Hair remains moisturised for longer.
  • Additional conditioning may help with breakage.
  • Contributes to more bouncy and shiny hair.

Downside of co-washing

  • It may be needed to wash more frequently because shampoo is not being used.
  • It is easier for product build-up to occur on the scalp and hair.
  • Frequent use of conditioner can cause hair to feel stringy and ‘mushy’.

I’d suggest co-washing with a light rinse-out conditioner as deep conditioners tend to me more rich in texture as well as more expensive, so it’s best to  save your luxury products for the deep treatment moments. And if you’ve decided to make co-washing a regular part of your routine, try to avoid products that contain silicones. These ingredients are generally easy to identify on product labels as they end in -cone. Many silicones are synthetic additives that are not water-soluble, making them a little bit harder to wash out without harsh detergents. The end result is yucky build-up on your hair and scalp, and that’s something that no one should have to deal with.

If you don’t want to cut out shampoos completely, I would suggest using any shampoo that’s made  of natural ingredients. I’ve been using Aubrey Organics shampoos and conditioners for quite a while as my staple products and love that my hair has responded to it so well.

As for co-washing, it really does serve as a solid foundation for moisturised hair. If you’ve been struggling with extra dry hair, give this technique a try.  You can only end up with happy and healthy hair.

xxx