There's nothing like chilly winds, snowstorms and freezing weather to inspire a warm weather getaway. Now that you have decided where to go, you're probably wondering what to pack, and more specifically, what to pack for your hair. There's nothing worse than being thousands of miles away from home and not having what you need. Here is our list of must have hair products for a warm-weather getaway.
What to Pack
We all know how harmful the sun can be on our skin, and I sincerely hope that you have already packed your sunscreen because, yes, black can crack. But what you might not know is that you can protect your hair from the sun's damage too. Here are some natural sunscreens and an easy-to-make recipe.
Aloe vera gel
The gel of the aloe vera plant has been proven to contain some UV blocking properties, so to reap those benefits by using the gel as a styler.
Vitamin E and rosewater spritz
Among the many benefits of vitamin E is that it acts as an effective sunscreen for the hair. To make this spritz at home, add 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil to one cup of rosewater in a spray bottle. Before exposing your locks to the sun, shake the mixture well and spritz the length of your hair focusing on your ends.
As many of us know henna, is a semi-permanent protein that binds to the hair which makes it is an excellent sunscreen. The layer that henna forms around the strands of the hair protects it from sun damage.
Wide brimmed hats
No matter how strong the sunscreen, covering up is always the most effective option. To protect your hair from the harsh rays of the sun, consider donning a chic sun hat. You'll have the added advantage of protecting both your hair and your face.
If you're heading somewhere warm for your vacation, you'll likely be spending time in the water and exposing your hair to chlorine and salt water damage. Chlorine can be detrimental to the health of your hair. Unfortunately, it's used in almost all swimming pools.
Protect your hair before swimming by wetting it and coating it with a simple, daily conditioner. Saturating your hair before entering the pool prevents your strands from absorbing the pool water. The layer of conditioner will also help to create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine in the water.
To avoid breakage, keep up with your deep conditioning regimen even when you're on holiday. Avoid having to pack too many products by choosing a deep conditioner that is both moisturizing and strengthening.
After swimming in a chlorinated pool, it's important to rinse the chlorine and other minerals out of your hair to prevent them from accumulating and causing dryness and breakage. Swimmer's shampoos are formulated to lift those layers of chlorine and minerals from the hair.
After each swim session in a chlorinated pool, use a swimmer's shampoo and deep condition. Also ensure that your shampoo has moisturizing properties as well to prevent further dryness.
Now that you have your checklist of hair must-haves, all that's left to do is to hop on the plane or boat and have enough fun for the both of us!
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