This evening, I’m hopping on a plane to head home to Minnesota for the weekend for my cousin’s graduation and so excited to spend time with the entire fam–the first time since MY graduation six years ago! I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about FLYING with natural hair. My hair is always always always as much of a consideration when prepping as packing for a trip. I always like to deep condition before go and arrive with a fresh style, but not SO fresh that my hair is still wet on the plane. Truth is, ya girl likes to get in the window seat and just passssss out. And it’s a problem because you get on the plane looking all cute and then you land and your hair has this diagonal slope to it, which is especially embarrassing when you forget about it and strut off the jet way thinking you’re fly. This is what happens in reality:
While I’ve got my own regimen and routine, I thought I’d pick the brain of a professional traveler who just happens to be a naturalista herself: Miss Evie Robinson of NomadnessTV. Evie is great and is always bouncing around this great planet of ours and I deeply respect her dedication to seeing the world and connecting people from all different cultures. She’s also got phenomenal hair, so I asked her to share with us her top five tips for traveling with natural hair.
EVIE’S TOP FIVE TIPS TO FLY AS A FLY NATURAL
1. Stock up. Bring as much of your products from home as possible, especially if you are traveling to a part of the world that you know it’s unavailable.
2. Make sure you have a daily moisturizer especially if in places with high heat indexes.
3. Look for local organic hair treatments. You never know what you may find abroad.
4. Understand that water in different countries varies, and may change the feel of your hair when washing and styling.
5. Keep it simple. The less you fuss with your hair, the better. Traveling is less about your hair and more about your experience there, so if it just means throwing your hair up in a ponytail, go for it and enjoy your time.
Well said, Miss Evie! Well said! I think point number 5 is especially key! Your adventure is not the time to be dealing with figuring out how to do flat twists–gotta keep it simple!
As for me, I’m off to make my product picks and pack my bag for the weekend! Stay tuned for a hello from the Midwest (I’m sure my sisters will want to say a quick hi)!
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Happy Friday, y’all!!