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Maintaining Your Natural Hair on A Cruise
Maintaining natural hair regularly is usually a feat in itself, but going on vacation makes it even harder. Unfortunately, when we pack for vacations like cruises, we aren't able to take all of the products in our arsenal with that help us keep our hair looking good regularly. But there are a couple of things that we can do to make sure that we're looking glamorous our trip as well.
Planning for the Cruise
When thinking about how you should style your hair during the cruise, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind to make sure that your hair is well protected. Take into account that on a cruise, there will be a lot of wind. It's easy to forget about your hair when there are so many exciting activities to do on the boat, but because there are so many social activities to participate in, we want to make sure that we're looking our best while meeting new people.
There are many open terraces on cruises that can potentially ruin our hair. It’s a really good idea to make sure that you keep your hair pulled back or in a head wrap. Even bringing satin scrunchies or wraps to protect your hair from getting tangled in the wind can stop any breakage that could happen on the cruise.
Salt from the ocean can be carried up from the wind even on days when the wind doesn't seem like it's blowing that hard. Bringing moisturizer is very important for protecting your hair. Since salt does take a lot of the nutrients and moisture from our hair, putting some leave-in conditioner in your hair and wrapping it in a silk scarf when leaving the cabin makes sure that your hair is going to be protected. Using more moisturizer than you usually use can be beneficial as well due to the amount of salt floating around in the air.
When planning for your trip, make sure to pack the essentials. You don't want to spend too much time on your hair on vacation, since you're supposed to be to have fun, so limit yourself to what you most definitely need. Bringing items such as good detangler, moisturizer, and a hard hold styler can help your hair to stay healthy on your trip.
Unforeseen occurrences may happen on the trip and you may have to end up washing your hair. Wash day usually takes a long time when we were at home, but since vacations are for relaxing, we don’t generally have that time to spare. On cruises, our hair can go through a lot because we are constantly jumping in and out of pools that are filled with chlorine, the sun is beating down on our hair drying it out, and we also have to worry about the salt from the ocean drying it out as well, so it's best to take precautions.
When you're in an area that can potentially damage your hair, it's better for you to make sure that you are bringing the best shampoo on the trip with you. Keep in mind what ingredients to avoid in shampoo when making the decision of what hair product to bring on your trip with you, as this is important. Some shampoos contain toxic ingredients such as synthetic perfumes, Triclosan, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbates, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that can add to the damage you could potentially experience on the trip.
Protective hairstyles make a huge difference to the health of your hair on a cruise, and they also give you more time to be able to complete activities without having to constantly manage your hair. Styles like box braids, crochets, braids, weaves or clip-ins are an easy hairstyle to maintain on vacation, as you can style them in many different ways. Styles like these are another measure you can take to protect your natural hair from the sun, salt and chlorine on your trip.