Curly Hair Care Overseas - Help!

Hello all! I have a bit of a dilemma. Though I have perfected a routine to get the perfect soft curls I want (using curl-specific mousse), my routine takes a good chunk of time. I basically apply product to the underlayer of my hair. For the top layer that I put into clips for airdrying, I apply the product one small section of hair at a time. I have a lot of hair, and it's long, so it does take a while. And up until now I didn't mind.

However, this summer from the end of May to the beginning of September, I will be going overseas to Mozambique (Africa) and Thailand. In Moz. I'll be working with an orphanage, and in Thailand I'll be doing stuff with street children among other things.

My problem is, I KNOW I won't have time for my usual hair routine! I don't even know if I will have adequate air drying time. And I'm not bringing a blow dryer/diffuser. Too much weight in my luggage and unreliable electricity.

What can I do? Now that I'm used to having wonderful volume on the crown of my head because of clips, I can't stand the thought of going back to a triangle curly head. Please offer any advice you may have! Anything that can cut down drying time, or even how to get volume without clips, or anything else. I'd surely appreciate it! Thank you!


  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    i think you need to simplfy your routine, try to use other stuff or another way that wont take as long. and moving over seas, also remember that the climate will be alot different too so that might do a number on your hair as well.

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
  • raindearraindear Posts: 356Registered Users
    Not sure this will be helpful, but maybe you could work on developing a night time routine? This thread talks about doing this:

    If you could work out a simplified routine and perform most of it at night, maybe that would work out for you?

    Other than that, braids comes to mind.
    Be Happy!


    Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning. :happy6:
  • GreatcurlsGreatcurls Posts: 1,782Registered Users
    Find out what they use for hair products. Keeping your hair in loose braids and your hair covered will cut down on manipulation. Use a T-shirt to dry. Being in those countries, drying time should be quick, unless the humidity is very high.

    This method sounds plain, but it works.
    Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
    This list is not exhaustive...:happy3:
    CoWash: various
    DT: various

    : CR L/I Collection, various
    Stylers:MC Leave-in, Gorilla Snot
    Spritz/Sealant:Nu-Gro spray w/moisturizer
    *experimenting and loving it!
  • AmaryllisAmaryllis Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thank you sooo much for the advice!!!

    I never even THOUGHT about the possibility of a night routine. After reading through that thread, I know it's exactly what I need to do. I've never heard of plopping before, but I'm excited to try it out. :)