I absolutely LOVE going on vacation! Relaxing and escaping from responsibilities while lying on a beach is….heavenly. 🙌🏻Your hair however, might not feel so heavenly after a week long (or even day) beach vacation! I’ve been to the beach several times and have definitely come home needing to chop 5 inches off! 😅 We just recently went to Hawaii though and I was able to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy! So I wanted to share my tips with all of you! Keep reading to find out how to keep your hair looking nice and healthy while you work on your tan! ☀️
- Take GOOD shampoo/conditioner with you! All I’ll say about hotel shampoo/conditioner is….they should never be used! 😂 Just trust me on this one. If you’re flying I totally get that packing large shampoo/conditioner bottles takes up a lot of space and is sometimes impossible because you aren’t checking a bag. BUT it’s still possible to take your good products. I just buy cheap travel size bottles from Target or Walmart and fill them up with my full size bottles. It really helps save on space and keeps your hair looking nice on vacation. If you’re wondering what products are “good” read my blog post all about my FAVORITE hair care line, Monat, and how it will help you achieve your hair goals (aka healthy hair) HERE.
- Bring leave in conditioner & a wet brush to the beach with you! Everyone loves the look of beach waves, but in reality REAL beach waves are a tangled mess. The salt mixed with sand and the wind AND the waves is just….a hair disaster! To avoid this I always put leave in conditioner in my hair BEFORE I get in the ocean. That way after I get out I can brush through it much easier. Try to brush your hair frequently and keep it untangled. It will save you from losing a ton of hair when you don’t have to rip through tons of knots to get your hair smooth again after not brushing it all day. Get my favorite leave in conditioner HERE.
- Keep your hair moisturized by putting oil in it daily. You may think because you’re in a humid place and constantly getting your hair wet it doesn’t need moisture. The humidity will do wonders for your hair, BUT the salt will dry out your hair SO fast! You’ll need to add that moisture back in to keep it healthy throughout your trip. And if you swim in the pool at all the chlorine and chemicals will dry it out as well. Get my favorite hair oil HERE.
- Keep heat off your hair and use a texture spray to style it: Take advantage of the humidity and go for more natural hair styles by using a texture spray. I just spray a little bit into my hands and then scrunch it throughout my hair when it’s wet AND dry. Putting it in while your hair is wet will help it to dry with some more volume and texture (aka beach waves.) If you use it while your hair is dry it can help revive curls (if you have previously curled it) or give braids more texture! Using less heat is always a good idea, but on vacation it can also save space in your bag by not having to pack your blow dryer. (some hotels might have a blow dryer, but they aren’t always great and have really high heat settings so you can end up burning your hair with them.) So go with heartless hairstyles to minimize damage! Get my favorite texture spray HERE.
- Use a split end mender: If your hair is needing a little more tlc after a long beach day…..where your hair was in a bun…the whole time… (am I the only one totally guilty of this? 😂) use a split end mender! I love this split end mender HERE because I can take it with me anywhere I go and it works in just 3 minutes. It’s not something I have to schedule at the salon! It really is my miracle in a bottle!
- Use a hair ring instead of an elastic: If you follow me on Instagram (HERE) you might have saw me talk about hair rings on my story highlight “Hair tips.” They are now the only thing I use to pull my hair up and style it! They are extremely gentle on your hair, leave no crease, and don’t damage your hair!! They are PERFECT for messy buns too because your hair doesn’t get tangled and knotted around them like it can with elastics. (Anyone else ever thought you might have to chop your hair off to get an elastic out??) I stock these in my salon (because I love them so much!) so you can come pick one up if you’re local OR I offer free shipping! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order!
- Wash your hair every day (if you swim in the pool): I normally absolutely advise against this, BUT if you are swimming in a pool everyday all that chlorine is SO bad for your hair. You will want to get it out of your hair ASAP. If you’re only swimming in the ocean you could probably get away with washing it every other day, but I would still wash it more often than not. And be sure to use good shampoo and conditioner like I mentioned above. Get my favorites HERE.
- Wear a hat as much as possible and use anti aging hair products: Just like the sun can damage and age your skin it can do the same thing to your hair!! Kind of crazy right?? So by keeping your sun hat on your not only protecting your skin, but your hair as well! And just like we use sunscreen you need to use something for your hair. Monat, that I mentioned earlier in this post, is actually an anti aging hair care line and will help protect against UV damage! All of the products I have suggested above are also from Monat and will help protect your hair and keep it as healthy as possible!
Now go enjoy the sun! Let me know if these tips helped you on your beach vacation by commenting below OR emailing me! I love hearing from you all! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram (HERE) for more hair tips and to see more of what I am up to!
Also check out our Vlog from Hawaii! It’s mostly just videos of Reed 😂🤷🏼♀️ but hey that’s the #momlife!