Summa’ Summa’ Summa’ time is coming!Well, soon, but it will be here way before we know it! I am here to help give you the tools you need to maintain your healthy hair while you travel. Most people don’t really keep their hair in mind when it comes to traveling, which is why many of us stick to protective styles, so we don’t have to be bothered. Some folks may not want to go that route, and that’s okay! Too many of us have gone on vacation and travel for days, forgetting about our hair and had to return home to some scissors. That’s right. If you’re not careful, you can seriously damage your hair in a short amount of time and be left to cut it out! I'd like to help you avoid that going forward.
Pre-TreatmentsWhile you’re out at the store picking up all your last minute travel needs, make sure you pick up a really good deep conditioner. Before you start diving deep in pools and the ocean you want to treat your hair about three days to a week before your vacation. The reason is that you’re about to get exposed to salt water chlorine, UV rays and who knows what else, so you want to strengthen your hair ahead of time. One of the best pretreatments you can do while you travel is a DIY Henna Pretreatment. Henna is your golden ticket to getting super strong hair. Yes, it’s nothing wrong with your regular deep conditioner, but if you want to really pump your hair up, get some henna. Below I’ll share a good DIY recipe for you to try out!
DIY Henna Pre-Treatment
- 1 Cup Henna Powder
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Benefits of Henna MaskHenna has been around for many years. It was originally from India and known to have multiple uses. It helps seal the hair cuticles with its acid-alkaline balancing component. It’s exactly what you’ll need to protect your hair from chlorine and salt water. You’re going to need a really strong product to act as a barrier between your hair and anything harmful. Keep in mind; there’s nothing wrong with whatever deep condition or pretreatment you use. Just make sure its strong enough to protect your hair.
Effects of ChlorineFor starters, chlorine is a chemical element. It’s best known for fighting bacteria in pools and can be hazardous to humans if used incorrectly. Think about the community pool where you live and image how much germs are in there, and the chlorine is clearing it all out; got it? Now, that type of product is not something you want in your hair! This is some heavy-duty stuff, and although people love swimming, they must be sure their hair is protected. If you allow your hair to dry while leaving chlorine on it, it can have major effects. It can leave your hair very dry and brittle and eventually strip the hairs natural oils and cause breakage. Now, since your hair should be coated with a pretreatment, you have to know that’s not permanent. It just helps seal the hair a little better. Read below on some things you can do to protect against chlorine.
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!Most times, pools and beaches will have outdoor showers off to the perimeter for your use. These outdoor showers are going to be something for you to utilize for your benefit. Remember, most people tend to forget about their hair until later on. And after a day of swimming and tanning, I’m sure you will go find a place to eat instead of doing hair. Meanwhile, your hair is eating the chlorine and salt water away! That’s not a good thing so what you can do is rinse your hair good under the showers. Stand there for about a good 1-2 minutes to ensure your hair is drenched in water. Even if your vacation spot doesn’t offer one, hopefully, you have a handy water bottle nearby, and just pour that into your hair. Although sea salt can have some pretty good benefits, too much of it isn’t good. It can completely wipe out all moisture in your hair and skin even. So rinse well!
Special Shampoo’sWhen you’re traveling, you want to be mind full of the type of products you bring onboard with you. You wouldn’t really want to bring your entire hair regimen products. You would need specific products since you’re entering into new waters, literally. Speaking of water, sometimes ocean water and regular water depending on location can be hard water. Hard water contains a high level of minerals. If your hair is soaked with it, tons of calcium, iron and other minerals will begin to weigh your hair down and cause major dryness. To help rid that problem, using a Chelating Shampoo would be best. Chelating shampoos do more than just cleanse your scalp. It will bind up all unhealthiness and return your hair to its original state. It will free all chemicals and harmful products. Especially, when traveling Internationally, you have no idea what you may be exposed to. Play it safe and purchase the right products that you will need.
Major Brands Of Chelating Shampoo
- Paul Mitchell
- Mizani (neutralizing and chelating)