It’s that time of year again!
The sun is shining, the nights are warm and a weekend at the lake is just what the doctor ordered. Admit it… there’s nothing more relaxing than spending time in the great outdoors, unplugged from the world.
On the other hand, camping can wreak havoc on your beauty routine and add tons of extra damage to your hair if you aren’t careful.
But have no fear! With these five fundamental camping hair tips, your hair just might make it through to the other side of summer.
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Tip #1: Choose Your Products Wisely
First things, first… You need to go light on the hair products. Smothering your hair with a bunch of product right before you go camping is probably not the best idea.
If you use too much hairspray, your hair will be stiff and won’t be able to freely move about. It will also make it harder for you to clean your hair without washing it. The rule of thumb is that too much of any product will weigh down your hair and make it look greasy.
It’s imperative that you choose a lighter product to prevent this from happening.
Here are my top product picks for camping:
- Conditioning: Amika Silken-Up
- Smoothing: TIGI After Party
- Mousse: It’s a 10 Miracle Styling Mousse
- Hairspray: Verb Ghost Hairspray
- Texture: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
It’s also worth noting that you should focus the products towards the ends of your hair and away from your scalp.
How To Keep Hair Clean While Camping:
On the other hand, there is one product you shouldn’t leave the house without. Let’s elaborate on that a bit more…
You’ll probably need to freshen up your hair a few times while out in the wilderness, but it might be hard to do without running water… right? Well, I’ve got two words for you: dry shampoo.
This is easily one of my top hair tips for camping, and you should consider it if nothing else.
To use dry shampoo for camping, just spray it right on your dry, dirty hair, and comb it through. Voila! Good as new!
It works by soaking up the excess oil from your scalp; it’s the absolute best way to stay fresh and clean without washing your hair.
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Tip #2: Use Protection
Like your skin, your hair is susceptible to sun damage. In fact, sun-damaged hair often has a damaged cuticle (the outer scale-like protective layer) which leads to dry, brittle hair, split ends, discoloration, and frizziness.
The best way to protect your hair from the hot sun is to keep it protected. Wearing hats, scarves, and bandanas are the typical fashion of the wilderness, and also the best way to protect your hair. Take advantage of this, and your hair will thank you.
If hair covers aren’t your cup of tea, it’s best to invest in a good UV-protection spray. I absolutely love and recommend the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil UV Primer (it’s even one of my top miracle products).
This is why:
- It was specially formulated to protect your hair from UV rays
- It smooths and conditions your hair without weighing it down
- The ingredients are incredibly lightweight
It’s the perfect way to protect your hair for camping.
Tip #3: Braid It Up
Sun isn’t the only thing that wrecks your hair; when your hair is exposed to other elements like the wind and water, it can quickly become tangled, which leads to breakage.
That being said, I absolutely love the idea of braids for camping. Braids are a fantastic way to keep your hair neatly styled and protected while camping. They keep your hair tight against your head, which prevents tangles from forming.
Braids also don’t require much hair product to look good. There are so many fashionable ways to do a braid and many different types of braids to choose from. Take advantage of the various styles to keep your hair safe while looking trendy and cute while camping.
💡TIP: Keep reading to the end to see some super cute braided hairstyle ideas for camping!👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Tip #4: Before and After TLC
When you know that you’ll be exposing your hair to the elements without the chance to condition, give it a little extra love before you go. Likewise, when you return home, spend some extra time to get it back in shape.
The first thing I recommend is to do a clarifying treatment to remove all buildup from the hair. Doing this before you leave will give you a fresh canvas and help keep your hair clean while you’re out.
On the other hand, it’s also crucial to remove the minerals and excess product that accumulated on the hair while camping. In other words, you should do another clarifying treatment when you return home.
I absolutely love the Biolage CleanReset Normalizing Shampoo which clarifies your hair without overly-drying it.
Last, but not least, it’s probably a good idea to lay off the heat styling for a week or two before you go.
Tip #5: Baby Your Hair
As I’ve mentioned several times before, when your hair gets tangled, it’s more susceptible to damage. If it snags on anything while tangled, it will break right off.
The best thing to do is to make sure that your hair never gets tangled. If you do choose to wear braids, make sure to comb them out at the end of the day. If you’re wearing it down, comb through more often to prevent those risky tangles.
When you comb your hair, be extra gentle, and use a wide-tooth comb. If it does get tangled, add some light-weight conditioner to help work through them.
Another thing you can do is use some leave-in conditioner on the dry ends while you’re out and about. If you plan to go swimming, remember to apply a leave-in conditioner to your towel-dried hair and gently comb through.
The SexyHair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect choice for camping.
Camping Hair Ideas
Camping hair, don’t care! Now that we’ve covered the essential camping hair tips, it’s time to go over some simple hairstyle ideas.
As I mentioned above, I like the idea of braids, buns, and ponytails for camping. You should definitely combine these ideas together for the best results! Remember that the goal is to keep your hair protected while still looking cute.
Boxer braids are the absolute best way to keep your hair safe while still looking like a Kardashian. You just have to part your hair down the middle and braid each side down. Fasten each end with a small hair tie to keep the braids in place.
High Fountain Ponytail
Braided bangs are a nice way to keep your hair out of your face (which also helps your skin stay clear). My favorite look is to pair these braids with a high fountain ponytail.
Pull-through braids are super easy to do, and the end result is unbelievable. Just remember to bring enough hair ties to pull off this look.
Space buns are pretty trendy and a top choice of the festival-goers. Just part your hair down the middle and pop each side up into a fluffy, messy bun. Your hair will be out of your face and mostly protected from the elements.
A fun way to incorporate French braids and Dutch braids into your hairstyle is to braid the nape of your neck, bottom-up. Turn your head upside down and braid like you normally would. Lead the braid to a cute bun or ponytail.
I love the idea of a messy, undone updo because anything goes with this style. Just twist sections of your hair and pin them in place with bobby pins. No matter what you do, it will probably look cute.
Side Dutch Braid
Think Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games. Braid your hair completely, working from one side, down the middle to the other side.
The Perfect Messy Bun
Messy buns are always a fan favorite. Put your hair up in a beautifully messy bun and pair with a scrunchie for extra style points.
There are so many cute ways to incorporate fishtail braids into any style. I love the idea of two fishtails down each side of your head, paired with a cute hat.
Camping is a fantastic way to disconnect from the world and find yourself with nature. It’s great fun to be out in the sun, swimming, hiking, and building campfires… but it’s crucial for you to take the necessary steps to keep your hair in good shape.
Follow these simple camping hair tips to keep your hair happy and healthy throughout the year. Just remember to protect it as much as possible, and you should be good.
Have fun out there, friend!
Until next time,
YOUR TURN: Do you have any other hair tips for camping? What’s your favorite hairstyle to wear when roughin’ it? Let me know below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
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