Time to Travel
It has been awhile since I’ve left the temperate wonderland of Northern California, but the time has come for me to once again pack my bags and hit the road. Generally I’m super jazzed to go explore, visit, and experience new places, but I’m starting to feel, once again, like this girl:
Why? Well, I’ve really come to take for granted that the Bay Area, and my home city of San Francisco in particular, is pretty much the ideal place to have natural hair in terms of climate. It’s never too hot, it’s never too cold, it’s not too dry, and there’s a healthy (but not overwhelming) amount of moisture in the air; Lola is thriving in this Mediterranean climate (of which there are only six in the world)! I can definitively say that it is *delightful* to be a Bay Area natural.
Many products will work better in certain climates than others because of their use of glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant, which means that it attracts water. In dry climates it will pull the water from your hair leaving you with super dry strands and in super humid areas it will grab TOO much water from the air leaving you with a frizz ball. (Or so I hear, hence the apprehension….) It’s the perfect ingredient to use minimally here in on the Bay Area coastline because it captures just enough moisture in the air to keep my curls soft and hydrated.
But we’re leaving that coast and I’ve gotta recalibrate my frotation for these travels.
In the near future I will be spending a couple of days traveling for work in very dry, hot portions of California where I know that it will be a struggle to for Lola (and my entire body) to retain moisture. Good ol’ Fidelito made the sage suggestion (as I was slightly tweeking out over lunch about this issue), that I tote around one of my spritz bottles with water, conditioner, and aloe vera juice. GREAT idea. I’m calling it the game plan for now.
My second trip, one that I am on so so so excited about, is to ATL FOR THE BRONNER BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW!! At this point I’m fairly positive that Hotlanta’s humidity is going to pwn!!!1!!11!!! me, my curls, and I. So I’ve really gotta come up with a good plan because I’m not about to show up looking all janky and disheveled to the largest hair world in the world where I will be doing live blogging and reporting on their natural workshops and features (oh yes. get excited).
After that I’ll be taking off for my homeland of Minneapolis, MN, also a hot and humid place in the summer time, so I’ve really gotta get a humidity plan down. Not to mention that I plan on doing a lot of swimming while there, so I need to figure out how to deal with the chlorine sitch.
Any readers out there who dealing with dry or humid summers wanna hook me up with tips/tricks?