Traveling with a large family can be a challenge, though traveling with a large family with naturally curly hair can be an challenge in itself. Izzy, Baron and their family of 4 children shared their lessons on traveling from the dry weather of Australia to the humid weather of Bali.
“The biggest struggle in Bali has been the humidity and the unavailability of products. I (Izzy) just cut my hair because it was too hot and my hair became really hard to maintain. We all went a bit shorter but I think the humidity has been really drying on our hair.” Bali isn’t a location that caters to curly haired individuals so finding products to help maintain healthy curls can be an undertaking.
A common denominator with most curly haired individuals has been coconut oil, a good oil for moisturizing and conditioning the hair. As a native of the Solomon Islands, Izzy is no stranger to the benefits of coconut oil. The family learned that their hair needs a lot more maintenance in Bali so they are very big on conditioning the hair and using coconut oil to keep moisture in. Their oldest children have grown to the age of somewhat being able to take care of their own hair. Their eldest daughter, with the tightest curls in the family, stating that the hardest part about traveling is getting her hair to grow. The biggest problem the family has faced has been that the children’s hair will lock during the night. Their eldest son’s hair locking within about 3 days. Unfortunately, suitable combs for detangling curly hair are not available in Bali. The combs in Bali have finer teeth as most Bali natives have straight hair. Just one of the things that was forgotten while packing for their trip.
Baron has been the only member of the family who’s hair struggle has been minimal. With a wash and a small amount of coconut oil, his curly hair became straighter in the Balinese humidity, though the humidity has become reason to also cut his hair shorter.
As this family experienced, traveling to new atmospheres and conditions has a number of lessons to learn. It also seems to determine what one does with their hair.