Summer is approaching, and many of us are planning vacations, domestic and international. The last thing you want to do is worry about your hair. In warmer climates, scalps tend to sweat, and hair begins to frizz. Who wants to have a hair crisis during their vacation? Low maintenance is the key. Before you leave the house, make sure you pack your bonnet or scarf. If traveling by air, I would suggest placing your bonnet or scarf in your carry-on. It’s just easier to find once you begin unpacking or in case your luggage gets lost. (That happened to me before). Protective styles are your friend. Some choose braids, buns, drawstring ponytails, and others choose weave. It’s important to protect your hair from harsh chlorine and sun. Condition and moisturize are essential factors to maintaining hair.
If you go swimming, try wetting your hair and apply conditioner before swimming since hair absorbs water like a sponge, it will absorb less water/chlorine. Rinse right away after swimming even if you cannot shampoo, but please do so when you get the opportunity. Wigs are a great alternative as you can change your look and take them off at night to allow your scalp to breathe. I asked a TSA agent at the Peoria International Airport, what was the wig protocol? She said the only time you would need to take your wig off is if an agent suspects you have something under your wig after you have been previously scanned. If this happens, you would be taken to a private room where you would be further assisted. Hair products can travel with you as a carry-on, as long as it 3 oz or below; otherwise, they will have to be “checked-in.” Whatever style you choose, have fun, and enjoy your vacation.