Typically I get a relaxer touch up before I go on a trip and I'm going to be away for more than a couple of days. Mainly because it makes it easier for me to take care of my hair. Since I am stretching my hair relaxer for a minimum of 13 weeks and I was just shy of eight weeks during the timing of the trip, I opted to not get a touch up. This meant I had to figure out the best way to maintain my hair in a humid and hot environment where there wasn't any hot or warm water and I was sharing two showers with eight other females.
Here's what I did to care for my hair:
1. Pre-washedI washed my hair a couple of days before I left using shampoo. This allowed me to make sure my hair was moisturized and my new growth was detangled and properly stretched from the start of the trip.
2. Packed only the essentialsI packed my Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In and Theramfuse HeatSmart Dry Oil to use for daily moisturizing and sealing. Shea Moisture Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Thermafuse HeatSmart Condition, Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangler, and Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner in small containers/bottles in case I needed to do a full wash or co-wash.
3. Moisturized and sealed every nightFor this I used the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In and Theramfuse HeatSmart Dry Oil every other night and then cross wrapped my hair. This helped to keep my hair soft, relieved any dryness experienced during the day, and helped to keep my new growth from getting poofy.
4. Scalp massagesI did a scalp massage one night with tea tree oil. This helped my new growth stay moisturized to which in turn helped to eliminate tangles.
5. Co-washedAfter spending a day at the beach I opted to co-wash with Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner instead instead of using shampoo. Our last full day in the DR we went to the beach. I didn't swim in the water, but sitting on the shoreline did get my nape and ends wet and I had the sun beating on my hair because I didn't wear a hat (yes shame on me). As a result I felt I needed to some type of cleansing. I braided my hair into four braids, applied deep conditioner, and left it on for about 15 minutes before stepping into the shower.
Since there wasn't any air condition in the house we stayed in, I was able to leverage the warm air to help the conditioner really penetrate the air shaft. After rinsing the deep conditioner I air dried while stretching my roots. This resulted in nice soft hair with some volume. Loved it!
6. Only wore protective stylesI wore my hair in bun type styles the entire trip except when I was air drying after my co-wash.
This was my first international trip since starting my hair care regimen and I'm happy with how my hair held up. I will definitely be copying this regimen for future trips.
How do you maintain your hair when traveling during the summer?