Managing my hair during my semester abroad

I was in my flat in Nottingham last year listening to my flatmate discuss her dilemma on when to relax her hair in preparation for her semester abroad in Spain. A year earlier, I had been in her shoes planning my semester abroad as I had decided to study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland for five months. I had to think of my accommodation, flight ticket, luggage and my hair. I felt the easiest way to maintain my hair was to put it in braids so I won’t have to spend time styling my natural  hair everyday. My hair was in braids for about eight weeks or so and then I decided it was time to loosen it.

My first time seeing a waterfall- Rhine Falls, Switzerland

Loosening it meant I needed to have a plan for my hair. There was a hair stylist close to my university in Zurich so I stopped at her salon to ask how much it would cost to have my hair done. I don’t remember how much she said it would cost but she told me she charged per hour. This meant that if I was to do my hair in twists, she would charge me based on how many hours, she spent on my hair. This was my first time going to a salon that charged per hour. I thought her prices didn’t fit into my student budget as it was too expensive. I didn’t return to her to style my hair.

The same hair stylist in Zurich sold hair products from brands like Shea Moisture and Cantu so I thought I could buy a deep conditioner and moisturiser from her but yet again, the prices were too high. I went home and thought about what I could do to keep my hair moisturised.  I didn’t have a deep conditioner so I thought I would try one of the DIY deep conditioning recipes I saw on YouTube– a hair mask made with avocado and banana. I made it once and never did again. Making the deep conditioner was a long process to me and it was messy. I wasn’t sure of how effective the masque would be. When I realised I wasn’t going to spend time making a deep conditioning masque, I started using a simple Tresemme conditioner which I liked. I could just squeeze the conditioner, apply it on my hair, leave for 2-3 minutes and rinse off. 
I wonder why I didn’t check out online retailers like Amazon or Antidote Street for haircare products. I think I was scared that my order would get lost in the post and I wasn’t sure of how deliveries were handled at my student accommodation. Thinking about it now, I could have just asked. I guessed I learnt a lesson from this experience, always ask questions when you’re not sure about things. My experience of using a DIY conditioner in Zurich and not liking it, means that I only use branded deep conditioners now.

No more DIY conditioners for me, sticking to this

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