I don’t have to tell you how important hair is to black women. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our lives, all is not well if our hair is not right. And when we travel abroad, it’s of the utmost importance for our hair to be in top shape. We like to look cute and we like to attract the locals. All that being said, it’s still important for us to have a good time. We don’t want to ruin our vacation, or long term trips abroad, by worrying and fussing over our hair. Hair can also be an issue if we’re traveling to a destination where black hair care or products doesn’t exist. We don’t like too many hairstylists playing in our hair either. In short, our hair is our pride and joy. Below you will find three of the most convenient ways a black woman can wear her hair abroad.
1. Box Braids
Braids are the go to hairstyle when traveling abroad. It’s the black woman’s staple style—the default. What I love about box braids is that you can rock them in so many ways. My preferred type is kinky curly:
These box braids blend with natural hair exceptionally well; and because it’s so curly, the style lasts longer when the hair starts to grow out from the scalp. I used Milky Way Que Human Hair Braid MasterMix – Water Bulk to achieve this look.
The hair is $17.99 a pack at its shortest and comes in three lengths: 14 inches, 16 inches and 18 inches. You can purchase it here.
2. Crochet Braids
I discovered Crochet braids a year ago and boy are they a god send! Not only are they one of the best protective hairstyles, in my opinion, but also one of the most affordable too! I’ll just leave this here:
You can wear crochet braids with straight hair too! I love the way this Youtuber does hers. She uses Kanekalon hair, which is super cheap to buy!
For a live tutorial check this one out:
And here is a great way you can clean your scalp without ruining your crochet braids:
Here is a great product review:
3. Go Natural
If you rock your natural hair abroad, you won’t have to worry about finding someone to do your hair since you will be doing it yourself. As long as you pack all your favorite styling products or have them shipped, you’ll be sitting pretty. Natural hair takes more maintenance but in the end it’s 100% worth it.
I hope these styles work for you.