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Posted by Kayla E. Smith on Jun 21st 2018

Vacation Hair

Kayla Smith

It's finally summer, which means it's time for cold drinks, bikinis, and of course, summer vacations. Vacations are a time for letting loose, experiencing new places and experiences and just having as much fun as you can before it's time to come back to real life. If you're like me, it's also a good time for taking cute pictures for social media- #wanderlust #instavaca. When you're traveling, you want your hair to look great, but probably would rather spend your time sightseeing and relaxing, rather than spending hours locked in the bathroom primping. Here are some vacation hair tips so your mane can look extraordinary while you take some much-needed time off!

1. Pack your own products Most hotels provide shampoo and conditioner, but often they are in too small containers and aren't really suited for natural hair. Instead, pack your own essentials making sure to put them in a plastic bag, so they don't leak on the rest of the items in your suitcase. If you're flying to your destination make sure to buy some miniature bottles and only take as much product as you'll need for your trip. And check current TSA guidelines, so your products make the journey with you.

2. Protective styles Vacation is a perfect time to rock a protective style, such as braids, twists, locks, or cornrows. Not only do these styles look amazing, but they're also low maintenance. All you need to do is keep your scalp moisturized and your hair is good to go from the pool, to hiking, to clubbing, or whatever else you have planned for your trip.

3. Master "second-day" hair For my recent trip to New Orleans, I decided to wear my natural hair out in an afro for most of the trip. Every two or three days I would twist my hair at night, and then wear a twist out the next day. On nights where we were out late, or I just didn’t feel like doing my hair, I would wear my hair up the next day in a high ponytail- my "second-day hairstyle "Second-day" hair, can be a lifesaver during vacations. By using headscarves, headbands, and other hair accessories, you can avoid having to spend time on your hair every day, while still looking cute and put together.

4. Let loose! This your vacation! A new location is a great place to try out new comfortable styles or just kick back and rock your natural hair texture. Take some cute selfies, have fun and relax.