Over the years I have had countless women ask for advice regarding styles for their honeymoon and other types of vacations. This advice is especially crucial for those who are planning to be in the water because many styles cannot hold up to being in the ocean followed by daily shampooing. Thankfully though, there are natural hairstyles that can hold up to water frolicking, swimming and dunking.
Bridal Style that can hold up on the Honeymoon
The styles that hold up best are of course, short hair cuts, Locs, and braids or twists done with synthetic extensions. Other options that hold up to the water are single braids, cornrows, or Two Strand Twists with your own hair, if your hair is long enough to stay braided or twisted and if your texture is kinky enough to hold the braids or twists together. Braids and weaves with human hair take a beating when exposed to water and can leave you looking like a mess or sitting it out on the hot sand.
Now that it’s nearly time for my little vacation, and I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with my own hair. There’s a part of me that would love to take my Kinky Twist-Out on vacation. And there’s the lazy and practical part of me asking “Are you crazy?” You see, I’ve been having lots of fun with the New Natural Kinky Twist-Out, for months now. Each week I have a Twist out with one of the different lines of products that we offer here at Khamit Kinks. I’ve tried Jane Carter, Curls, and Hair Rules and I like the results with each of them. I thought that since I’ll be on vacation, this would be a perfect time to play with my hair everyday and see what it does without twisting it. And that’s the scary part. What if I don’t like what it does? Because for the most part it’s going to be major shrinkage. Not to mention the time I’d have to put in daily with my hair…
I’ve finally decided that it would be a bit much for me to have my hair loose while going in the ocean everyday. The time and energy it would require would be too much. It was a good idea while it lasted, but came to the realization that I’m not up for the daily maintenance that it would require. Having to do my hair everyday is not my version of a vacation. Back to life, back to reality.
I finally down to two options: should I have cornrows, as a style that is sculpted and stationary? Or, should I have single braids, something that is loose, versatile and has movement? Either way, I would have the style done with just my own hair, no extensions.
New Sister Locks have the look of Single Braids with your own hair
In weighing the options, cornrows would be quicker to have put in. Then all I’d have to do each day is rinse out the salt water, do a light cleansing with a cream shampoo and conditioner and keep my scalp hydrated with my favorite Anu Essentials Hair Oil. Upon my return, I could very easily and quickly remove the cornrows and get back to my Kinky Twist Out.
If I go with singles, they take longer to have put in and the taking out, well admittedly, is time consuming. The good thing is the water will cause the singles to expand and they will be easier to take out when that time comes. The fact remains though that I will need help to remove them, along with a couple of hours to get the un-braiding completed. The up side to having the single braids is, if I wanted to, I could keep the singles for up to three months. They would have the look that Sister Locks have when they’re first put in, small with little curls on the ends of the braids. The a easier option would be Two Strand Twists with my own hair. But despite appearances, my hair isn’t thick enough to give me the fullness I’d like to have with Two Strand Twists.
So it comes down to cornrows that are easy to care for and easy to remove. Cornrows also offer a youthful look with their instant face lift abilities. Or should I go with singles that would be versatile and that I could wear for weeks upon my return? Also, the cornrows would be safe, I know what that would look like, I wore them for vacation last year. The singles with my own hair I haven’t had in years and I’m not sure I would like it.
What to do, what to do? Given my circumstances, what would you choose? Let me know your thoughts on this matter. What style do you opt to have for vacationing near the water? And if you have a short hair cut, Locs or Sister Locks, no bragging allowed.