1) Do some prep work. “Whether you’re heading north or south, a change in climate can really dry out your hair,” says hairstylist Ashley Javier. Apply a deep-conditioning treatment before you go (just leave it on for 20 minutes while you pack) so your hair has some extra moisture reserves to draw on when you’re on the go.
2) Call a truce with your natural texture. You should spend your time off kicking back, not stressing about unruly curls. “You can look great using nothing more than conditioner and a black elastic,” says India Hicks, creative partner at Crabtree and Evelyn, who lives in the Bahamas. Hicks simply combs a light cream conditioner through her long wavy locks when they’re damp and ties them back in a low ponytail. If your hair is coarse, stylist Ted Gibson recommends choosing a protein-derived conditioner (we like Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Intensive Restoration Treatment, $3.99) to calm it down before you pull it back. On a budget? You’ll love these amazing beauty buys.
3) Loosen up. Vacation is about fun, not perfection, so when you’re hitting the town at night, try playful variations on classic styles. Instead of doing a prim and polished chignon, toss your brush aside and use your fingers to rake your hair into a low pony. Twist it into a messy knot and secure with a few pins for a chic but not done effect. Tie a ribbon to make a headband, and pull wisps out for a flirty touch.