Have you ever thought about the ride your hair is getting when you jump onto an airplane? Neither had I until today.
I don’t know if you have the same experience but at the end of a long flight my skin always feels very dry as do my eyes. I also feel extremely thirsty. For the first time, I realized that the same thing must be happening to my hair. Dry hair is vulnerable to breakage and I am trying to protect my hair from any form of damage.
I could have combed my hair into a protective style prior to the flight but personally I don’t think that’s enough because the hair that’s exposed remains vulnerable to damage and as you lean back in your chair and doze off, the constant abrasion of hair against the head rest could also lead to breakage.
Solution? It might sound shameless but I took my silk night cap onto the flight and put it over my head. On top of that, I put on a beanie. No one could tell that I was wearing night gear and I protected my hair from drying out.
You could wear your hair loose underneath the silk cap, however, I still had my hair in plaits following my weekly wash and condition routine so I left them in. Airport security did ask me to remove my hat for an inspection but I personally didn’t feel embarrassed by showing my plaits to the crowd.
So next time you get onto a plane especially for a long trip protect your hair to retain moisture especially if like me, you are a type 4B/4C.