Going Natural: 5 Reasons To Get Your Hair Done Before Any Trip, Sis

Europe

France

#GoNatural sistas, I don’t know about ya’ll, but the “I gotta get my hair done” is serious. Especially if you’re embarking on a 7-month long English assistant job in France. Or backpacking through the slippery slopes of Nepal. Or visiting grandma in Barbados for 2 weeks. Us curly girls know far too well that the moment you mention a “trip,” the first thing we ask ourselves is: “What am I gonna do with my hair?”

As I sit here writing from my quaint, yet outdated French flat with freshly washed, shrunken 4C coils, and Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope playing in the background: I’m glad I got my hair done before moving overseas. I’ve been in France for almost 2 months and not once did I have to stress about my hair. NOT ONCE.

So before you “peace out” America and land in wherever the universe takes you, here are 5 reasons why you need to get your hair done before ANY trip. No if’s, and’s, or but’s.

Side braid in Ghent, Belgium!
1. You Can Go Straight To Bed

Nothing beats sucking your teeth with aggravation when you realize you’ve finished your whole nighttime routine and…you didn’t tie up your hair. So you spend at least 45 minutes moisturizing and detangling your hair when you could’ve been catching Z’s! Now imagine the same scenario but in a foreign country, along with the additional administrative stress. The days are long and who wants to be dealing with frizzy strands after a long day trying to figure out French bureaucracy? Not I.

2. You Save More Money

After sleep, I value saving every last one of my coins. Money is tight and let’s not forget, Broke Raph has a record of being broke. But before heading off with every last wide-tooth comb and leave-in conditioner you could find to last you while traveling, consider investing in getting your edges laid for the first month or two. Overall, your products will last longer.

Day 2 in Ghent and this time I decided to keep the style simple~
3. You Save TIME

You know what they say: Time is precious. In the natural world, time is of the essence. When I first went natural about 7 years ago, I had all the time in the world to style, moisturize, co-wash, and deep condition my hair. My hair regimen was unmatched. But that was 7 years ago, not now. As our lives become filled with overwhelming schedules and adult priorities, our personal-hair-care routine gets compromised. Before you know it, you’re slapping the bonnet on and completely over your natural hair routine. Save yourself the time and just get it done sis.

4. Your Protective Style Can Last

I like to keep my protective style in for 1-1/2 months but the average length for keeping a protective style is roughly up to 2 to 3 months, depending on how you take care of it. For starters, invest in moisturizers that will keep your hair quenched for as long as 2 months. That could be synonymous with using various oils every other day or washing your braids every 2 weeks. Either way, your protective style will last and this my dear curly friends is the way to go.

At this point, the whole city of Ghent should sponsor me...
5. You have a wide range of looks to try

Whether you’re rocking box braids, faux locs, or Senegalese twists, you have a wide range of ways to style your hair than with your natural hair. Don’t get me wrong, we all know natural hair can be manipulated in numerous ways but with them braids? The possibilities are endless. One day you might be feeling a bun on your night out in Lille or a fishtail braid during your day trip in Budapest or even a half-up half-down style while running errands in Berlin: there’s nothing stopping a black girl from looking her best with her protective style of choice.

So don’t be the girl that decides to opt-out on a protective style before any trip. I mean, ain’t nothin’ wrong with showin’ some top-notch curl-representation, but if you can save yourself the hassle, do it! You can always take it out and relish in your coils later.

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