Hair & There: Travel Tresses

Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Under the Dryer has previously declared, and will say it again: black hair matters! Even on vacation. When Black women travel, hair is as important as ensuring that travel documents are in order. The visit to the hairdresser needs to last long after the parade on the gangway. What can women without naturally straight 'tall' hair do to ensure that they look salon-perfect weeks after departing our shores?

Here are a few suggestions courtesy of award-winning hairstylist Lisa Hutchinson who, alas, we are unable to pack in our carry-on:

• Always wrap hair with a silk or satin scarf before rolling into bed. This helps to keep hair smooth and in place.

• After removing the scarf in the morning, moisturise hair using a hair cream or hair polisher. I recommend Redken All Soft Argan Oil.

• If using a shower cap, ensure that water is not too hot. Steam will create moisture under cap and cause hair to frizz.

• Finally, after styling as usual, use a light holding spray to keep hair in place all day. My recommendation is Redken Fashion Work 12 Working Spray.

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