Thanks to recent warm weather good vibes, the out-of-town rendezvous are in abundance.

For those of us with naturally curly hair, it also means making swift yet effective choices in the hair care routine and styling.

At the end of last summer I jotted down my on-the-go wash day regimen that I used while traveling. Of course with different time demands and a different set of products in my bag (ahem, no I am not a product junkie -- I just enjoy trying new things), I have switched up some essentials.

Going on a trip? These are the questions to ask yourself beforehand.

  1. What is the weather forecast for the place I will be visiting?
  2. What type of water is the city known for having?
  3. How long will I be there?
  4. How much time does my itinerary allow for styling/prep?

Once these inquiries have been answered, I head over to the bathroom and start packing.

A quick tip for brands: send us more travel-sized products! I thoroughly enjoy whenever I receive a package of sample packets; these will almost always get priority over my full-sized goodies simply for the sake of saving space in the carry-on. (Visit our SHOP for sample-size product)

My curly hair travel necessities

  • A cleansing conditioner since I won't have time to do a thorough wash and condition, so why not cut an extra step from the routine wherever possible? I enjoy DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser especially during trips because the salon-quality fragrance lasts all day while my hair retains moisture and shape.
  • A microfiber towel because the hotel one just will not do for the precious curls. The DevaCurl DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel cannot do any wrong.
  • A light curl-defining cream like Controlled Chaos to smooth down the frizzies while giving me soft, touchable curls for hours.
  • A gentle gel just in case the humidity wants to rain -- figuratively, or literally -- on your curl definition parade. As I Am Smoothing Gel is water-based and made from natural ingredients so it's easy to wash out.
  • A headwrap for the days of the trip that I do not have time to refresh my 2nd-day hair. Right now I am loving my "empress" wrap from Glamorous Chicks.
  • Hair ties and bobby pins; I keep plenty on-hand in my purse, my carry-on, and in my checked bags.
  • A satin scarf to preserve the lovely curls from my initial wash day so that all I have to do is take down, finger-fluff and refresh the following days.

How do you do pack for your curly hair?

Having curly hair and requires maintenance, but it doesn't have to. I am interested in hearing what makes your trip smoother. Let us know on NC's Facebook.

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