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How To Style And Maintain Naturally Curly Hair While Traveling

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Traveling With Naturally Curly Hair

Let’s be realistic for a moment. Natural hair is a job. It’s beautiful and freeing to be able to wear our hair the way God created it, but it takes a bit of work to manage at times. It’s easier when you’re in the comfort of your own bathroom or salon, all necessary products on deck. Managing natural hair during a trip is a different ball game.


When I first decided to “go natural” almost five years ago, I didn’t think much about how I would style it while traveling. After many road trips, hotel stays, and some plan rides in between, I’ve had some experience with finding the best ways to maintain natural hair while traveling.  Here are a few styles, hacks, and secrets about how to maintain naturally curly hair while traveling.

How to Style and Maintain Naturally Curly Hair

Travel in your twist

Twists have been my go to style from the beginning. They’re one of the easiest styles and a good way to keep your hair moisturized.  You can also wear them for multiple days, which minimizes manipulation of your hair.


For traveling, it’s an easy style to wear that looks good for any occasion. If you do want to change your style, you can wear the twists on the road or plane and take them down once you make it to your destination. Or you can keep your twists until a special event, then wear the twist out.

Traveling - How To Style and Maintain Naturally Curly Hair - Danielle

What’s worked for me to have a lasting twist style is having good products and twisting smaller sections. I’ve been satisfied with using EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé for styling.  Each morning, I’ll add a little coconut or avocado oil. You’ll just have to be creative with packing your oil, especially for flights. We’ll talk about that more in a second.

Traveling - Eden Natural Pudding Souffle Coconut Shea

Braids are convenient while traveling

There are many different braid styles you can wear that will last your whole trip. Some people take advantage of box braids when traveling because of their convenience and how long they last. I don’t do well with weave styles, so I wear my natural hair braided.


French braids or goddess braids are both cute styles that you’re able to easily maintain on the road. There’s not much to do, but add a little moisture to keep the style intact while sleeping. With French braids, you can still change up your style by taking down the braids to have loose waves.

A simple high bun

Any bun is simple, but I say a high bun because it’s more convenient and out of the way while enjoying the ride. Who doesn’t love taking naps on the plane? I know I do! With the high bun, you don’t have to worry about messing it up or not being able to sit back in your seat. Some tools you’ll need are a boar bristle brush, stretchy elastic bands, gel, and filler (optional).


Use a flaxseed gel or Eco Styler gel to smooth down edges and flyaways. You can also use a stretchy knee high to make sure your hair is smooth and tight enough before putting the elastic band on. Some use a donut roll, sock, or even a flexi rod to make their buns, but you don’t have to. There are YouTube tutorials for days showing how to make a high bun on natural hair.

Just rock your curls in a Wash N’ Go

A wash and go is probably the easiest style on this list. It’s as simple as the name states. With my WNG, I start with Nature’s Gate Hemp and Argan Oil shampoo, then I follow up with the same conditioner and finger detangle or use a wide tooth comb.

While my hair is still drenched, I add about two generous palms full of Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In conditioner and spread it evenly.  Lastly, I add EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé to give my curls some weight.  Some follow up with gel, but it depends on the amount of hold you want to have on your curls.

Natures Gate

Before exiting the shower, I give my hair a shake or two and I’m done!  You can use a blow dryer and diffuser attachment to gently dry your hair, but I don’t.  By adding a little coconut or olive oil each morning, this style lasts me about three days.  It’s simple enough to redo everyday if you choose.

Now that you’ve got your style guide for traveling with natural hair, here are a few more tips:

 Be efficient with packing products

Coconut oil is better for traveling since it stays solid in cooler temperatures. Still you should pack it in a small bottle and seal in two Ziploc bags to make sure it doesn’t spill or leak. If you make a homemade Shea butter cream or mango butter cream, you can travel with that instead of the oil.

Pure Mango Butter

When flying, pack your creams and conditioner in smaller bottles. It’s better to check these so you can keep them cool and make sure they’re not bouncing around all over the place. Baggage handlers aren’t always so delicate with loading luggage on the plane.

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Think about the length of your trip when planning how to manage your natural hair

All the styles on this list will last a while, but some like the braids will look better the longest. You should plan your style according to the length of your trip. Twist outs or a bun are perfect for a weekend getaway or a trip lasting a few days.  WNG’s are great for anytime since you can easily refresh or restyle daily.  The exception for a wash and go is making sure your hair is completely dry before going out during cooler temperatures.


Think about the type of trip and expected weather conditions

Is it a cruise, a humid climate, or a place you’ll be in frequent water? In this case, you should consider rocking wash and go. It’s just easy that way. Just as easy as it sounds. If you’re going to an area with colder weather during that time of year, you should avoid the wet head and wear braids or a twist out instead.

The bottom line is, you can prep your hair before or you can just be free the entire trip.  The mission is to make traveling as convenient as convenient as possible.  That means not having to spend too much time on styling during your trip.  Whether your travels are for business or personal, you don’t have time to waste.  Use these styles and tips to best manage natural hair while traveling.

Have you tried any of these hacks to maintain your natural hair while traveling?  Share some of your favorite techniques with us below!

 Guest Post Author – Danielle Towner

Danielle is a freelance writer and owner of The Taste Team, LLC, a platform for travel and food writers to publish about local dining, travel, and entertainment. She’s a free spirit who’s passionate about being able to do what she loves- travel and write. When she’s not on the run or stuffing her face, she’s somewhere reading, spending time with loved ones, working out, watching movies, catching sun at the beach, or walking the aisles of the health food store. Visit The Taste Team’s website and follow her on social media to see her team’s travel adventures and foodie finds.

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  • lol that’s right! Thank you!

  • Mamabops

    Your hair looks great! I’ll have to pass this info along to some of my friends with naturally curly hair. I’m sure they will appreciate the inspiration!

  • Emily Bart

    I don’t have curly hair myself but will definitely pass this on to my curly haired friends 🙂 thanks for the share!

  • These tips are great and your hair looks amazing 🙂

  • Wow, these tips are so helpful! I don’t have natural hair but it’s naturally curly, so I’m hoping I can adjust some of these tips to help me embrace my natural curls instead of straightening it all the time.

  • Jim

    Your hair is gorgeous. I appreciate it your post. My wife is always struggling with her hair. I am going to try to pass this onto up.

    • Thanks Jim. I hope your wife finds it helpful 🙂

  • My hair is straight – but it’s quite frizzy in humid climate. I think your tips are useful for this, too 🙂

  • Tomislav Djukic

    Amazing tips! 😀

  • Sonja

    Great tips! Love curls!

  • Rabz Haq

    pretty hairs. lovely

  • Martha DeMeo

    I’m just the opposite, my hair is so straight and when I curl it, it goes straight again! I think because it’s so long and heavy. Great detail in your blog!

    • That’s really interesting. It works similarly for curly hair going straight. Guess we can’t get best of both worlds 🙁 But thanks a lot Martha

  • Neil Copping

    Hi, great blog and really interesting read. My girlfriend is always driving me potty with her hair, she tries to prevent it from going curly and spends a lot of time straightening it. She especially hates it when it rains! I like curly hair, maybe I can try to convince her to stay curly by using some of your tips and advice 😉 Many Thanks

    • I can completely relate to your girlfriend. Hope she finds the tips useful. Thanks Neil 😀

  • CoRina Culeva

    I have always wanted to have curly hair. You know, just as usual curly haired dream about straight hair, and straight haired- about curly. But one of my best friends is curly, so I think she will be happy to read this.

    • That is so true about having curly and wanting straight and vice versa. Hopefully these tips are useful for your bestie. Thank you!

  • Sheerin Siddique

    Great tips! My niece has curly hair so I’ll pass in these tips to my sis!

  • Natty Me

    I love this. I have naturally curly hair and though I can mange it in the UK when I travel to a different country it becomes a whole different ball game trying to tame it. Lots of tips here for me to try though. thank u

  • These are greeeat tips! This is an issue I have with my natural hair and I’m desperate for suggestions! I have to try that Eden product. I keep seeing it on youtube! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you! Glad you found it interesting.

  • wow you have this down great. If I had curly hair you would be my go-to for this.

  • These are some great tricks. I had natural curly hair which I straightened. Oh, I regret! 🙁

    • Oh no Shalini! I am tempted to go back to relaxer but i don’t want any regrets so I am holding on a bit longer to my natural hair

  • Nichole Freeman

    This is great advise and helps to raise awareness in the natural hair community. I love travel bottle. I have not used eden. But I am familiar with that brand.

    • Eden works wonders in my hair! 1 of my favourites 😀

  • David E

    I’m not sure I’d ever let my hair grow as long as yours. But I definitely have the curly hair problem. So it’s good to know product that helps with it.

  • Kay Darden

    This is similar to my regimen for travel i love that mango butter tho thats new for me will ave to check it out

  • Great tips to take care of naturally curly hair.I have wavy hair.I use an after bath conditioner .Coconut oil or Moroccan oil after shampoo and it becomes softer and more shiny .Useful post.

    • That’s nice Dramrita. Maybe I can try some of those products too. Thanks much!

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    My hair has some natural wave to it. I love the look of curly hair. I bet it isn’t easy to care for.

    • Caring for curly hair is a tough job! Thanks Valerie

  • Aareeba Mohammed

    woww your hair looks fab…. i really love curly hair…Thanks for sharing

    • You’re welcome and thanks Aareeba!

  • Meenal Suman Vinay

    Wow… so many awesome products to manage your hair… something to share with other women with curly hair for sure… you seem to have figured it all out so well… keep up the good work 🙂

    • Definitely something to share. Thanks Meenal.

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    You have your routine down to a science! All of your ideas seem so fabulous for curly hair.

  • I love your hair. I agree you when you go natural it is a job. I have learned also so much and you have suggested really nice ideas. I always have a struggle when I travel. Really nice post 😀

  • Kristen Koehler

    I have serious curl envy – I would do anything for curly hair! Your hair is gorgeous and the piece is informative!

    • Curly hair is also a lot of stress, its like a blessing and a curse! But I’ll let Danielle know. Thank you!

  • Divya Budhraja

    Your hair is BEAUTIFUL. I need to learn how to maintain my hair in my day-to-day life before I think about maintaining it while traveling. I’m impressed that you look so beautiful day in and day out. Can you fix me? Haha.

    • Thanks Divya, I’ll pass the message on to Danielle. Maybe she would be able to help you 🙂

  • J Shan Trice

    I found this post very useful as I too am a natural girl. The tips for packing hair products definitely will help because they are ideas I had not thought of.

    • That’s great that this post is helpful. Thank you!

  • Bianca Sasha

    YAAAAASSS…my nappy head needed this for some upcoming travel…after years of doing braids back to back, I need to relearn my fro!

    • Years of braiding? Wow! Good to know you find this post useful. Thanks you!

  • I so love your hair! I don’t have curly hair–mine is just super thick and frizzy. I’ve given up on it and just travel and let it frizz it up.

    • That would be Danielle’s hair lol. I don’t fuss too much about my hair when travelling as well. 🙂

  • Charles Blings

    very nice post

  • Oh lawd yes. I’m saving this post and sending it to my best friend! She has naturally curly hair and is always fighting to combat it. Thank you on her behalf. 😛

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • That’s great Christie! You’re welcome 😀

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