5. Bobby pins*
If you have been natural for more than a month, and already passed the TWA stage, then you have already developed a relationship with the good ole bobby pins.
They are a natural hair girl’s bestie. Group your pins together in a container or simply wrap a rubber-band around a bunch of them to keep them together and toss in the bag.
Bobby pins* are needed for most styles and sometimes it’s that one thing that can transform your entire look so make sure that you pack a few.
This is a given if you’re a Naturalista. Headbands* are a must in my daily handbag so can you imagine a vacation bag? As I said earlier, a puff is my saving grace when a style goes bad or if I am lazy and don’t want to do much to my hair. I know cannot be alone here. I always pack more than one just in case – God forbid – one burst open or gets lost.
Sleek your edges down with your gel or edge control and up into a puff you go. If you want a more elegant look then you can turn your puff into a high bun instead. Sleek and sexy.
7. Wide tooth comb*
If you will wash your hair and need to detangle, you might need more than your fingers. Yes finger detangling is great but not everyone wants to do it especially when on vacation. A wide tooth comb* helps you to detangle your hair while limiting breakage. And remember to detangle from the ends up to the roots carefully.
8. Soft bristle brush
To sleek your edges down a soft bristle brush will do wonders. And if you are like me, the nape of my hair is very unruly and only a brush can get my nape to look civilized.
9. Shampoo bar
If you do not own a shampoo bar* then you need to get one. Shampoo bars are great for traveling versus a liquid shampoo. Definitely no TSA trouble here. I personally love OBIA Coconut shampoo Bar because it cleans well and leaves my hair feeling soft. If you cannot get a shampoo bar* in time then simply pour some of your favorite shampoo in a travel size bottle.
After every shampoo we need to condition our hair. Your 2oz travel size container should be enough but it won’t hurt to pack two. I know us natural girls overdose on the conditioner – just because. Lol!
So there you have it. Traveling with natural hair can seem like a hassle but when you think about it, it’s a very simple packing process. Remember to pack what you know you will need and not try to pack your entire apartment. Now, go get to packing and enjoy!
What do you pack to maintain your natural hair when you go on vacation?