Caring For Your Hair While You Travel

Climate change, products, and different water types are some pros and cons when it comes to traveling and caring for your hair. Always map out your trip for your hair similar to the way you would make plans for yourself. Look at the weather ahead of time and determine what extras you may need. For example, if you are traveling somewhere cold and humidity free bring a flat iron because your hair will look wonderful completely straight.If you are traveling some where hot and humid pack your in-case-of-emergency mousse because your hair will most likely be out of control and frizzy. Also, experiment with products outside of your familiarity; they may work wonders on your hair. When it comes to showering, water types can effect the way your hair dries. Most water is considered hard water because it is not filtered, this causes your hair to become heavy and weighed down. However, some shower water is filtered or purified which is very clean and can leave your hair light and airy. The difference between the two when it comes to styling is the amount of product you need to add to your hair. Less product for hard water because your hair is already weighed down and more product for filtered or purified water to keep your hair frizz free.

I have recently traveled from New York to California and I immediately noticed a difference with my hair once I stepped off the plane. San Francisco is very foggy and humid so my sleek curls from New York transformed into a huge cotton like afro instantly. I kept my regular product at hand, including my ICOE mousse, and headed for the shower. After showering and wondering why the water seemed so crisp and my hair so large, I realized the water was purified.  I tried different products and styled my hair with more fullness. My rule of thumb: when it’s big make it bigger and it will look better.

Choosing The Right Shampoo For Your Hair

How often do you shampoo your hair? If you have thick curly hair washing it once every 4 days is a good routine. Shampoos are a detergent and hard on your hair. The longer you can go without washing your hair the healthier and nicer it will be. When you shampoo your curls think of the shampoo scraping at the outer most layer of your hair, which is the cuticle. The cuticle, when magnified, resembles scales of a snake; shampoos with harsh detergents in them will rip at the scales and cause your hair breakage and damage. When shopping for your next bottle of shampoo check the label. Some common FDA approved detergents are, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate which is extremely harsh for example Pantene Pro-V, Sodium Laureth Sulfate which can be considered mild for example Tresemme, and TEA or MEA Laureth Sulfate which is the most gentle for example Matrix Biolage.

When determining what shampoo to use I usually go for something natural. I am currently using Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat which is organic and contains TEA Sulfate. I shampoo my hair once every 5 days and I feel my hair gets nicer the longer I go without washing it. I usually shampoo my hair in the evening, around 6pm, then I style it. I let my hair air dry even though it is slightly still wet by the time I am ready to go to sleep. Once I wake up my hair is full and bouncy and the curl is ready to be reactivated. I flip my head over and spritz my hair with a water bottle, keeping it about 80% dry, I then reapply some product and let air dry.



Keeping Your Hair In Tact While You Sleep

Waking up and looking like a lion may be nice for a Sunday morning but on an everyday basis, we want to keep the maintenance of our curls as low as possible. By keeps the curl in tact and minimizing frizz change your pillow case. Invest in a higher thread count in pillowcases or in a satin sheet set and see the difference. The reason the higher thread count  is better for your hair is because it locks in moisture and keeps it from breaking. A lower thread count is hard and has roughly 100 to 500 thread count, meaning it is more coarse so your hair is more likely to mangle and break. Egyptian cotton is a 1200 thread count and one of the best fabrics for your hair; it is soft and silky so your hair will glide across the sheets and maintain your curls.

After testing the satin pillow case method, I’ve decided it is a fair investment for my hair. When I woke up and looked at the reflection of my curls I noticed more of a shine, my hair was of the same style of the night previous. My skin is also softer, so I’m not complaining about the $15 I spent for a set of pillow cases on amazon.com. Think of it as treating yourself to great nights of sleep for fabulous hair.

Limit Frizz During your Air Dry

There is a simple trick when it comes to decreasing frizz while your hair is wet and its without products! Instead of rubbing and drying your hair with your cotton towel, go to the kitchen and use a paper towel. Its that simple. A cotton towel creates frizz with your highly textured hair, even if you gently wrap the towel up and put it on your head. A paper towel simply absorbs the water and keeps the curl in tact instead of breaking the curls and causing breakage.

I usually take 3 sheets of paper towel and flip my head upside down. I wrap my hair in the paper towel long ways and wrap it on top of my head in a bun. I apply make-up or wash my face, depending on the time of day, then take my hair down and apply a direct leave in condition. Then I use the paper towel to clean the bathroom.

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We all have had a nightmare or two when it has come to our hair. The time you got it cut at that new salon and they completely butchered your curls. Or the time you’ve had some type of object stuck in your wild head of hair. In this blog you will find curly hair secrets, tools to use for your hair, cool styles for curly hair for every day wear, hair cuts to try for your texture and curl, recommended products for your hair, and more. Also, send questions to the MyCurls e-mail and have them answered and posted on this blog.

I am a licensed hair stylist in New York. I will be testing various products and techniques with my hair to find every curl trick there is. I hated to fuss with my hair growing up. Once I learned to manage my cotton like frizz and begin to care and style it is when I started to really adore my hair. I have discovered many tricks so far and have heard many questions that I will answer.

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