I’ll keep this simple. You have to get your hair wet. I fought this for years and often only went into the water the last day of my trip. A few years ago I found a routine that works perfectly. You can spend the day at the beach, get your hair wet, live your best life and then go home.
-Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo. I usually use Garnier Fructis (while traveling). If your favorite shampoo comes in travel size, make sure you stack up.
-Condition your hair and leave the conditioner in or rinse the conditioner out and add an oil based moisturizer.
-Loosely comb out your hair with a wide tooth comb. DO NOT use a thin comb.
-Part your hair into about 5 sections and add braids. Use a hair pin to clip the end of the braid down. If it’s late in the day and I want to go out to dinner, I turn my braids into an up do.
-Let your hair air dry.
-Once dry or 50% dry, unbraid your hair and you’ll have fabulous beach waves. I’ve done this countless times and I love it.
I’m still invested in the creamy crack (relaxer). However my au natural friends swear by Kinky Curl’s, Knot Today. The routine is to heavily moisturize your hair a few hours before going into the water. After you’ve gone in the water, quickly apply another layer, to keep your hair moisturized. Rinse and reapply after you’ve washed with shampoo and conditioner.
The key is to stay away from hot tools. You’re in the hot sun for hours, chlorine pools or salt water. The last thing your hair needs is 3+ days of blow drying. Keep your hair moisturized and untangled.
***** Disclaimer: I am not a beautician. This routine has worked for me and friends. If you have another suggestion, please leave a comment below.