One of the hardest things to conquer with hair is proper moisture. Just when you get your hair all moisturized to combat the dry season, it gets wet and humid, and then the sun comes out and wreaks havoc on your hair.
As the weather starts to warm up and the humidity increases, it is time to change your conditioning habits. It doesn’t mean that you need to stop conditioning, just make a few adjustments. If you deep condition once a week in the winter months, change it to every other week. If you use a heavy daily conditioner in the dry season, try changing to a lighter or balancing conditioner.
The rule of thumb with moisture is to listen to your hair. If you notice static, dry ends, a lot of tangles, or if your hair feels rough to the touch you are lacking moisture and need to add a deep conditioning treatment / mask or a moisturizing conditioner to your hair routine. If your hair is limp or oily start cutting back on the moisture.
Rough winds do shake things up – not to mention creating some massive flyaways! Windy gusts grab at split ends and create the static-y look, and damaged or naturally coarse hair has it worse because they have rougher hair cuticles, giving the breeze something to hold onto.
Windy times call for hair accessories: headbands, ponytails and clips are a must. Also try products specially formulated for blustery days (talk to your stylist to find out what is best for your hair type), which tames and smoothes unruly tresses while conditioning frazzled ends.
Caring for your hair while traveling takes a bit of planning. While on the road, you can’t always carry your full bathroom set-up, so follow these quick tips for making the most out of your limited travel arsenal.
Prioritize. Make a list of all of the hair, skin, and shaving items you use while at home so you remember to pack everything. Cross off any items that aren’t completely necessary.
Pack Small. This reduces the bulk of stuff you have to carry around. Look for products in sizes smaller than three ounces so you meet TSA guidelines for air travel. As an alternative, transfer your favorite products to smaller containers that meet TSA regs. Don’t forget to put everything in a plastic zip-lock bag.
Leave the Dryer. If you’re the type of guy who uses a blow-dryer in the morning, leave it at home. Most hotel rooms provide a dryer for you. It might not be as good as your turbo ionic mega dryer you have at home, but it should do the trick in a pinch. When in doubt, call ahead and ask.
Bring a Hat. A good hat, if appropriate for your travel situation, can save you a great deal of time and be a stylish alternative to fussing the styling product before you leave the hotel.
Get a Haircut. Before you leave, get a good haircut. This will make your hair easier to maintain while traveling. If you’re going for an extended trip, talk to a stylist to find a style or cut that will be easy to maintain for your needs and that will look good with minimum care.
Don’t Worry About It. If you’re traveling for fun, don’t think too much about your hair. Just relax and roll with it — the people you encounter are probably far less concerned about your hair than you are.
Save the Haircut for Home. I’ve fixed a lot of bad haircuts guys received while traveling. The reality is that there are some less than professional barbers and stylists out there who will skimp on the quality if they know they’ll never see you again. If you MUST get a cut on the road, never let ’em know you’re from out of town.
Get Groomed On the Go. One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to find a great barbershop or salon and stop in for a shampoo, style, and shave (but not a haircut — see above). It’s a great way to relax and perfect if you have an event that requires you to be well-groomed.