Not going to lie, I had major anxiety about taking out my protective style while backpacking. It meant that I would have to add 15-30 minutes to my once easy morning routine. It also meant that I had to begin styling my hair every week. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I decided to look at this as a challenge, and as a moment to help my curly brothers and sisters who love to travel!
As you can probably guess, you won’t find beauty supply stores on every corner in Europe. If you happen to stumble on one, there isn’t much variety and what is available tends to be more expensive than normal. $15 Cantu? HA. No thanks! Being natural is much easier back in the States, and for this reason, I began to miss home…albeit, just a little. So in the meantime, I headed to my local Rossmans, and DM to find some curly-friendly products. (Both of the mentioned stores are pretty much all over Europe so anyone should be able to find these products quite easy.)
1. Aussie Moisture
A classic! This is a circa 2009 throwback for the OG naturals, and it works just as great as it did then. It also works just as well as any SheaMoisture leave-in or conditioner. As soon as I saw this line in Rossmans I immediately picked up the conditioner, and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor. The conditioner leaves my hair soft and protects my ends from sun and heat damage. Luckily, this product can be found in both full size and travel size!
My favorite product from this line: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
2. Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Line
When in doubt, go with what you know! Pantene has several lines for natural and relaxed hair so I was down to try their moisture renewal conditioner. I haven’t used this conditioner as a DC, however I did use it to detangle my hair after taking down my box braids, and it made the entire process a breeze. Although I have not used the shampoo from this line while traveling, I would absolutely pick it up if I ever run out!
My favorite product from this line: Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner
3. L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil
If your hair is ever in need for a quick DC and hot oil treatment then this is the line for you. The line includes shampoo, conditioner and an oil which can all be purchased for around $25. These products make the perfect wash day trio! This line doesn’t contain sulfate or silicone and it is known to be fit for all hair types. The only negative about this line is that the bottles are not travel-friendly. I would absolutely recommend this line to the traveler who is staying put. Otherwise, these products may be wasted or a hassle to keep up with.
My favorite product from this line: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo
4. Inecto Pure Coconut Oil
Inecto is a drug store hair care line with 99% natural ingredients. “Um, yes please. I’ll take 5!” Apparently this brand can be found in the States but I just heard about it recently. This line has a shampoo, conditioner, serum, hair oil, body wash, you name it. This is perfect for the curly girl or guy who likes to seal with coconut oil, just apply some conditioner as a leave in and the job is done! This product line is especially great for deep conditioning, but it is not travel friendly, at least not to my knowledge. Additionally, if your hair is easily weighed down by oils, I would not recommend using this product for daily use. Otherwise, this product is great for a simple cleanse and DC. I would compare Inecto to Shea Moisture but for 1/3 of the price.
My favorite product from this line: Inecto Super Moisturising Coconut Conditioner
5. LUSH Queen Bee
This is probably the most expensive ($17.00) but the most important product you could add to your traveling hair regimen! Luckily, LUSH stores are pretty much all over Europe so you should be able to find this without a problem. This solid oil is perfect for sealing after flat twisting or for quickly smoothing your ends before heading out for a day of exploring. This product works for all hair types, but is especially great for those prone to split ends. It comes as a solid bar so it’s easy to transport and it takes less space with each use.
Find LUSH’s Queen Bee here.
UPDATE: While traveling through Italy, I was informed that Queen Bee is a regional LUSH product. If Queen Bee is not available, a small amount of LUSH’s Ultrabalm ($16.95) will get the job done!
I hope these recommendations help out my fellow naturals and/or lead you to products that will help you travel comfortably. I’m always looking for new and affordable natural hair and body products. What are some of your favorites? Recommend them in the comments below!
Until next time,
The Pint Sized Traveler