Trying to tame a frizzy mane while on vacation can be tough! I’m sharing 8 tips on how to keep your hair looking healthy on your next trip to the tropics while fighting the fight against humidity!
I absolutely love to travel to warm and humid destinations but my hair definitely does not. It can be a never-ending battle trying to tame my frizzy hair and I still find that it never stays the way that I want it to! Having extensions is amazing but it’s also A LOT of hair to take care of. After being asked repeatedly on Instagram during my recent trip to the Hyatt Regency in Maui, I’ve finally put together some of my tips for keeping your hair tame and healthy while you’re on vacation. And if you’re in LOVE with the pink and red combination then shop my new maxi dress from the Sincerely Jules line by Billabong.
Vacation Hair Tips:
1. Bring a GOOD shampoo and conditioner
Although it’s tempting, I steer clear of the mini shampoo and conditioner that hotels provide. Why? Because most of the time the product quality is poor and they can be VERY drying to your hair. I purchase empty reusable travel-sized bottles and fill them with my products from home. Use nourishing cream shampoos and conditioners when you travel to help add moisture back in your mane.
2. Wash your hair later in the day
After a long day by the pool or the ocean, washing your hair later in the day can be refreshing and also get rid of any harsh chemicals or salt water. Blow dry, using a round brush to seal hair follicles and style as normal. You’ll be looking refreshed and ready for dinner!
3. Deep condition
When your hair is dry, it will actually absorb more moisture from the humid air, leaving your hair looking frizzy and untamed. Help to curb that by bringing along a deep conditioning treatment to use once or twice during your trip. Pick up a Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioning Treatment before you go from any hair-care aisle. There is enough in these single-use packages to provide you with two treatments. Apply after shampooing, allow it to absorb for a good ten minutes and then rinse. You’ll notice a huge difference!
4. Try no-heat mermaid waves
If you don’t want to bother with hot styling tools while on vacation, embrace the mermaid look with no-heat waves! Super easy to do and you can do them right after your afternoon shower. See my previous blog post for the full tutorial including a handy video!
5. Braids, hats and buns are your friends
Pack a couple of hats in your suitcase. Fedoras, mesh trucker hats and floppy straw hats look great on vacation plus they easily hide unkept hair. They are time savers for when you don’t want to spend much time on your hair. Braids and buns are easy, last all day, and keep your hair away from your face. See some of my braid tutorials by checking out my YouTube Channel!
6. Use forgiving hair ties
Give up your tight hair elastics as these will make your hair crimp immediately! Use scrunchies, spiral hair ties called “Invisibobbles” or bobby pins to secure a ponytail or up-do.
7. Humidity resistant styling products
I always bring along a humidity-resistant hair spray when I travel. Try the Tresemmé Très Two extra-hold hair spray. I gave up on trying to keep my hair looking sleek and straight in Hawaii and embraced waves and curls instead. This hairspray will help keep your hairstyle longer!
8. Try flowers!
Flowers were are in bloom almost year-round in many tropical places so use them to your advantage! In Maui, I was obsessed with all the Hibiscus, Frangipani and Bougainvillaea that were filling the property with the most beautiful bursts of colour. They also make great hair accessories! Tuck a big one behind your hair or weave smaller ones into a braid. Instant pretty!
If you have light coloured extensions, BEWARE! Extensions have a tendency to turn ORANGE while you’re in the tropics. It can be a combination of multiple factors: salt water, chlorine from the pool, rust in the water pipes, UV rays and suntan lotion. Take extreme caution when applying sunscreen so that it does not touch your hair. I am always really careful but for some reason, the bottom part of my extensions did take on an orange/pink hue. I definitely had a mini melt-down but as soon as I got home, I gave my hair a good long dose of purple shampoo. I’m happy to report that it is now back to normal!
P.S. This rope bridge can be found at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Maui!