While a holiday presents the best time for the body and mind to relax, most of the time, the hair suffers since it gets the least attention. Most people only realize the extent of the damage after returning from holiday, and there is little to do. That’s why it’s critical to know how to protect the hair from extended exposure to heat, swimming, and the lack of regular styling.
In this guide, I have compiled several tips for men to help you maintain great-looking hair when on holiday to have less damaged post-holiday hair.
How To Protect Your Hair On Holiday
1. Get a Holiday Friendly Hair Cut
Before heading for a holiday, start by getting a holiday-friendly haircut. The haircut should be easy to maintain and must look great. Apart from getting a haircut, it’s also essential to do a hair repair and deep conditioning treatment so that your hair is in the best condition.
Here are some holiday-friendly styles you should consider:
- Buzz cut fade
- The Skin Fade
- Man Bun
- Spiky Locks with an Undercut
- Slick Back
- Short or clean-shaven
- Cornrow Braid
The rule of thumb is to avoid a hairstyle that takes time to set or a style with sharp edges and lines.
2. Moisturize Your Hair Before And During The Flight
If you don’t prep hair properly before flying, you will arrive with dry, frizzy, and damaged hair. The cabin has one of the worst conditions for the hair. The high altitude and circulating air in the cabin dries the hair out. Add this to the static electricity and nylon seat covers, and your hair is a mess.
Here is how to travel proof your hair when flying:
- Moisturize and condition the hair before flying.
- If you have long hair, consider braiding immediately after washing when it’s still damp.
- For very long hair, wrap your hair using a silk headscarf.
- Hydrate during the flight.
- Refresh post-flight
3. Protect Your Hair When Swimming
Whether you will be swimming in a swimming pool or in the ocean, it’s vital to protect your hair against chlorine or salty water. The hair gets dehydrated, dry, and tangled when exposed to salty water. The damage is even worse if the hair is dyed, dry, delicate, or chemically treated.
On the other hand, the chlorine content in the swimming pool extracts the natural oils from the hair and scalp. This causes breakage and split ends and leaves the scalp dry. Here are a few things you should do before swimming:
- Soak the hair in fresh water before and after getting out of the pool.
- Apply natural oils such as coconut or olive oil to add another protective layer.
- Use a swimming hydrating conditioner containing dimethicone.
- Apply water-resistant SPF to lock in moisture.
4. Carry Your Hair Products
When traveling, carry with you your hair products to avoid using new hair products, which can mess up your hair when on holiday. Make sure to bring shampoo, conditioner, and your preferred oils.
Also, keep checking the hair for any signs of damage and remedy to avoid more damage. Unless it’s essential, avoid going to a stylist, but if you do, explain what you want. Here are some grooming essentials you should consider packing when holidaying:
- Conditioner and leave-in conditioner
- Dry shampoo
- Pomade, cream, wax, or hairspray
- Heat protectant spray
Since there is a lot to carry, the trick is to get small travel-sized bottles so you carry just what you need.
5. Repair The Hair After Holiday
While the body and mind will be relaxed when returning from holiday, that may not be the case with your hair and scalp. There are a few things you can do to repair your holiday hair.
- Use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up.
- Go for a haircut and ask your barber to cut brittle and split ends.
- Get a deep conditioning and moisturizing treatment to hydrate the hair.
- Be gentle when washing and combing, since the hair will be weaker
- If the hair is sun-bleached use a toner to refresh the look
- Closely monitor the hair for the next few weeks for any damage signs and repair accordingly.
- Avoid chemical treatments and excessive heat until the hair has recovered.
And there we have it, practical tips to help you prepare your hair for a summer holiday and how to maintain good-looking hair. This will make sure your hair is not badly off when you resume from the vacation. Don’t forget to eat a balanced diet and keep hydrated since water makes up to 25% of the hair composition.