This week I’m flying to Atlanta for the 5th Annual Blogalicious Conference. (What Up, ATL!!!) My trip was made possible by a brand that I love, Eden BodyWorks. Thank for sponsoring my trip and this post. As always opinions and thoughts are mine.
In preparing for my trip, I always put LOTS of thought into my hair. How will I style it? What will I need? Gots to be ready!!! Sometimes it can really stress me out especially when my hair is actin’ da fool. (You know what I’m talking about.)
Traveling with Natural Hair can be interesting at times. I shared with my Facebook Fam that I feel like my hair needs its own carry-on if I knew TSA wouldn’t throw away my good hair products. I don’t have a carry-on bag exclusively for my hair but my hair does have a bag in my checked bag. As a natural hair blogger, my hair needs to be laid!!! I’m representing my brand. I try to pack for every possible natural hair emergency. AND have all my tools and equipment to show off my new fly styles. Some I only debut when I’m out of town.
Here’s a list of 12 Things I Pack For My Natural Hair. I have to admit I’m doing this for somewhat selfish reasons. This will be my guide for future references. Next time I won’t have to stress about my natural hair bag.
- Satin Headscarf
This item needs no introduction. Its an universal black haircare necessity. You don’t go NO where without your headscarf. I have nightmares of leaving it at home. Seriously!!! This one, I’ve had for YEARSSSS; its irreplaceable. Buy Satin Headscarf
- Swag Oil with Avocado Oil
Swag oil (coconut oil-olive oil blend’s nickname) is all-purpose. Mine is a blend of 3 of the Best Oils for Natural Hair. I use it from head to toe. Read more about my coveted Coconut-Olive Oil Mix.
- Vegetable Glycerine
A little bit goes a long way. I probably won’t touch half of this on the trip. Vegetable Glycerine is a natural emollient and humectant; mix a small amount with water to soften and moisturize hair. Perfect for moisturizing and re-twisting.
- Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Curl Defining Creme
When it comes to traveling, my go-to natural hairstyle is a twist out, now a 3 Strand Twist Out. If you frequent NHR you know it makes me feel fancy. Its also very predictable. I know exactly how my hair is going to look regardless of the weather with this hairstyle. I love how my twist outs come out with this product. Its all-natural, smells great and its moisturizing. It has some of my favorite ingredients of course, coconut oil but also Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E. This is my all-in-one product while I’m traveling. This will be my daily moisturizer and styling creme for re-twisting or other styling options.
- Empty Water Bottle No explanation needed. A little water and vegetable glycerine is needed to re-twist and re-moisturize natural hair. It’s also essential to trying out any of my new natural hairstyles; you can’t pull up dry hair. And of course its empty. I don’t want to risk ruining my stuff.
- Elastic Headbands and Ponytail Holders These accessories are for quick styling fixes like if I just need to get my hair out of my face. I grab a headband or ponytail holder and DONE!
- Large and Regular Size Bobby Pins Bobby pins help to create versatility with my twist out without completely changing the style. Or if I decide I want to wear a cute pin-up or bun style, they are a must-have. A woman should keep bobby pins at all times, in my opinion.
- Bristle Brush I don’t use a Bristle Brush often and for good reason. They can wreck havoc on your hair. When I do its just to smooth my ends with the help of water and a moisturizer.
- Hair Clips These are for hair emergency purposes only! I will only bring these babies out in the event that I have to shampoo or co-wash my hair which is rarely the case. I almost always shampoo, condition, and style my hair before any trip.
- Nylon Pantyhose or Knee High You know pantyhose make the best puffs and high buns. It allows you to smooth and secure your hair without creating tension which can lead to breakage. Check out this style tutorial with a nylon knee high.
- Denman Brush The Denman Brush receives mixed reviews but it works wonders for my hair. I use it both for detangling and to define my natural curls in the shower. Plus, its almost $10 so its not something I would go out and buy in a crunch.
- Wide Tooth Comb This a more ideal detangling tool but also styling too. A long, wide tooth comb is perfect for styling dry hair but won’t stress your hair out too much. You can see how I style with a wide-tooth comb in this video.
What are your hair must-haves when traveling?