Does your hair act up when you’re overseas?
Blame the dry heat, humidity and hard water. But instead of keeping your barnet in a bun or under a hat, heed these handy tips:
1. If the water in the country you are visiting has hard water (the high mineral content makes hair rough and tangle-prone), rinse your hair out with distilled or spring water.
Remove build-up with a clarifying shampoo, or, for a more natural remedy, a lemon rinse will do the trick (one tablespoon juice to three cups of water. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing).
2. For sexy hair upon touchdown, wear your hair in a high bun throughout the flight. Once you have arrived, unravel to reveal a head of gorgeous waves.
3. Dry shampoos are great because they absorb oil and dirt from the scalp as well as add instant volume to flat styles.
4. Maintain hair moisture and shield hair from the scorching rays of the sun with a leave-in conditioner with UV protection. This also protects it from absorbing chlorine and salt water.
5. If humid weather is making your hair frizzy, fashion your mane into a braid instead. It’s a trendy way to keep hair in check.
6. Always bring along travel-sized bottles of your shampoo and conditioner. Skip hotel shampoo and conditioners — you don’t know what’s in them and they might be the root cause of your hair woes.
7. Pack some hair ties or hair pins. You never know when they will come in handy.
8. Winter cold can be extremely drying even though you’re probably wearing your locks under a beanie. Keep a light hair oil handy to moisturise hair and scalp instantly. Argan oil is great for its vitamin E. Purify your scalp from dry flakes with an anti-dandruff shampoo.