Traveling with Natural Hair

The amount of effort we put into doing our hair is hard enough. But when we're traveling, we've got to worry about what essentials we plan on bringing, which styles (if any) we want to slay, and we want to keep things simple. Here are some of the things that I've done and have worked (or not). We all have different hair textures so what works for me might not work for you.


For the most part, this has been my preferred choice for traveling. My family and I travel to the Caribbean just about every summer. For the most part, we hang at the beach, head to the pool, back to the beach for some fresh seafood, and then we go chill with some locals. My sister and I will install box braids, micro braids, Senegalese twists, or something similar to keep our hair from matting and fraying in the summer breeze. When rinsing the ocean water out of your hair, it's easier to maintain and we don't have to worry about doing our hair every day when we get home.

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, scrunchies/hair elastics, edge control

Mini Twists

This has been my go-to for some of my recent trips. I can rock them for 2-3 weeks. When I'm tired of them, I can enjoy another week of a dope twist out. I can manipulate the styles in so many different ways while in twists or out. I don't do this if I am heading to the beach because my hair is very fine and not very dense. Five minutes in the pool and my hair would be untwisting. It's happened to me before and it was a nightmare!The twists still require a bit of upkeep. It's still important to moisturize at least every couple of days to keep your hair looking fresh.

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, moisturizer, scrunchies/hair elastics, edge control, wide tooth comb/pick

Wash and Go

I am very fortunate that I can literally hop at the shower, put on a headband, and call it a day. I sometimes take advantage of that when I'm traveling. I've done beach vacations with wash and go's and the real nightmare comes with washing my hair every single day. I take extra precautions by prepping hair before going into the pool/beach, and then again when I get out. This also allows me the freedom to get my hair done while I travel (blog post coming).

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, scrunchies/hair elastics, edge control, wide tooth comb/pick, brush

Twist/Braid Outs

I like twist outs and braid outs for shorter trips (3-5 days). I like it because you can hop on the plane with your twists, braids, cornrows, and style as desired when you arrive. Maintenance is relatively low depending on your preferences. Some folks pineapple at night, other retwist before bed. Whatever your preference!

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, moisturizer, edge control, wide tooth comb/pick


Rocking my wig saved me so much time and energy that I just didn't have. I had a last minute emergency and had to travel abroad on short notice. I had 100 things to do before my flight and my hair was not one of them. I took 10 minutes to cornrow my hair and popped on my wig. I looked dope. The best part was I didn't have to worry about doing my hair when I got there. I was just as busy when I arrived so it was once less thing I had to worry about. Of course, I still had to moisturize before bed. That's the second hardest part after positioning the week (which only took me about 20 seconds).

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, moisturizer


A lot of folks with natural hair are against heat. I am not one of them. I don't do it often, but I don't mind it. It lasts me 2 weeks and I don't have to do much upkeep. Sometimes I will roll the ends to get a nice bounce that brings life right back to the straightened ends.

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, light oil, comb

Crochet Braids

I haven't traveled with crochet braids yet, but I have worn several different crochet styles. They are easy to install, simple to maintain, and can last as long as you want them to. The styles are endless with crochet hair - twists, braids, locs, curly, straight.

Maintenance tools: satin scarf, light oil/moisturizer, edge control

These are some of the styles that I've rocked while away from home. Some are definitely easier than others. What are you go-to styles when traveling?

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