Manage Hair Like a Pro On Your Next Trek [With Proven Strategies]
Embarking on your first trek can be very intimidating. One has a lot of questions regarding how to maintain overall hygiene during such trips. One of the most difficult things to take care of which we cannot forgo after intimate hygiene is taking care of your mane. Yes, you heard it right during long treks it can be very difficult for you to take care of your hair and lack of care during such times can not only give you the unpleasant feeling of being unclean but can also damage your hair to a certain extent. Today we are going to discuss all about hair care and steps one must adhere to protect their luscious locks during treks.
10 Strategies to Protect Hair while Trekking
1. Hand sanitizer-
hold your horses before you guys think I’m going to ask you to put this on your scalp. When we go out on treks we tend to touch a lot of things and cannot always find sufficient water to clean our hands with. I’ve seen a lot of people who have a habit of frequently touching their face and their hair and thus, if you are one of them then definitely add a sanitizer on your list. This way you can ensure that you are not touching your hair with dirty hands and avoiding getting extra oil and dirt on the scalp.
2. Efficient packing-
most of us have a habit of being prepared for the worst situations that one can encounter and thus we love to load ourselves with extra supplies. However, you have to bid adieu to this habit if you are going on a trek. During long treks, you cannot predict when everyone is going to take a break from all the walking and until then you have to carry all your supplies on your shoulders and that is why it is important for you to pack efficiently.
But how exactly is efficient packing related to our hair?
Well, packing efficiently also includes carrying sample bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I’ve come across many people who decided to ditch taking shampoos and conditioners on their trek because it was difficult to fit everything and would make the bag pack heavier. And that is why I recommend carrying sample bottles or pouches of shampoo and conditioner since not only they are easy to fit but also have a negligible amount of weight.
3. Nothing better than French-
one of the best ways to protect your long tresses is by tying them up in a French braid. A French braid starts from a very small portion of your scalp and ends like a regular braid which keeps your hair intact and prevents any dust or dirt from entering your scalp. In case you have short hair then try going for a small bun. Avoid keeping your hair open in most of the situations to keep your hair from getting frizzy and oily.
4. Hair ties and hair ties-
I cannot put enough stress on this point. Always carry your hair ties with you. And if you are going to make excuses on how difficult it is to carry hair supplies during a trek then let me give you an easy way out; carry your hair ties on your arm. Most of us have this habit of wearing our hair ties on our sleeves anyway so it’s a very easy option and can be very helpful too since you never know when your hair tie might break or get lost.
Ps. Try and avoid hair ties which can snap easily and opt for the ones which are more durable.
5. All heroes wear caps-
so, all in all, you get a fair idea of how important it is to keep our hair intact and not let it loose open in the wild. One of the most efficient ways which work on people with all sorts of hair be it long or short is wearing caps. Not only it looks quirky but is also the best way to protect the hair from sunlight or water. Continuous exposure to sunlight or water can make your hair damaged and frizzy and that is why caps seem to be the best option around. You can even switch to a scarf or a bandana around your head till the time it does the work.
6. Goodbye to the routine-
when we wash our hair regularly it gets accustomed to a certain routine. I personally crave to wash my hair every 3 days. But one of the best ways to take care of your hair during a long trek is by not following your routine. Try and increase the intervals in which you wash your hair since that will make your hair accustomed to a new routine and will prevent your hair from being exposed to different types of water.
7. Comb it down-
if anytime during the trek you opt for the herculean task of washing your hair then make sure you pat your hair dry and comb it. In case your laziness kicks in and you avoid combing your hair then remember you will end up having dreads which aren’t the easiest thing to deal with. And when after some time you’ll finally decide to comb your hair these dreads are going to give you a very difficult fight. You’ll have to yank and pull your hair a lot to get the knots out which means a lot of hair fall along with tears of pain.
8. The no touch rule-
I know it’s very tempting to touch your own hair after every five minutes but if you are out on a trek then please try and avoid it consciously. Even if your hands are clean don’t touch your hair often because the less you touch them the less dirty they will get.
9. Dry shampoo-
okay before you guys get furious at me for suggesting this let me elaborate this to make it sound better. As I mentioned that there are many people who during long treks ditch shampoos and conditioners because they take a lot of space. But on the other hand, there are also people who avoid carrying them because of the fear of exposing their hair to hard water. Hard water can be very harmful to the hair and can clog all your pores which will prevent your scalp from absorbing moisture making it frizzy and brittle. And that is why opting for a dry shampoo can be a better option for your hair as compared to not washing it at all or washing it in hard water.
With that I hope you guys are all ready for your trek with your luscious locks intact.