How to travel with natural hair

In my attempt to travel light and airline restrictions, I once found myself in Morocco without my hair care products. My hair wasn’t in a protective style like how I normally travel, it was the middle of summer, 45 degrees and the air was super dry.



                                                                              (Me in Morocco!)


I was there for 10 days and there was no way my hair could survive that climate without my products! I faced with 2 problems. Where do I find the products and would it be wise to buy new products that I wouldn’t be able to take home with me? The other dilemma was that I wanted to make the most of my vacation in Morocco so I didn’t wanna spend unnecessarily.

So I had to rough it! I bought a cheap conditioner and a small bottle of apple cider vinegar at a supermarket 30 minutes away, got my hair shampooed at the riad’s hammam and asked for olive oil from the kitchen!
My hair survived that week and I’m now more prepared when I travel with just my carry-on luggage.

Airlines have restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your carry-on luggage. Containers in your carry-on must hold no more than 100ml. Also, liquids in containers larger than 100ml can’t go through security even if the container is part full.

I made my own travel kit that wouldn’t get confiscated at the airport. It consists of;


  • Three 100ml clear plastic bottles that I bought at the Crazy Store for R15,95 per 2 pack. I filled one 100ml bottle with shampoo, the other with conditioner and the last with my leave-in.
  • Two 100ml clear plastic spray bottles with oil, €7 each from an oriental store in Paris (empty spray bottles also available at the Crazy Store). Fill each spray bottle with any oil of your choice.
  • Sachet of deep conditioner, R18,95 at Clicks.
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Satin bonnet


Happy travels!

Ladies, what’s in your travel kit?

About the Author

Amanda Dliwayo

Amanda Dliwayo

South African. World citizen. Currently based in Paris.

Traveler. Writer. Model. Teacher.

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