How to have perfect hair on the go
You might count down the days until your next vacay, but travel isn’t great for your hair—for several reasons. First, it messes with your hair routine, meaning your hair might not be getting the care it needs. On top of that, the sun and climate can also affect the health of your hair, especially when you’re in warm-weather locales. Here are some hair tips for how to take care of your hair when you travel.
Before you leave for the airport, make sure you nourish and hydrate your hair. Run hair oil like Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Oil through it before you leave for your trip. Then, tie your hair up in a braid to keep it out of your face, neat and tidy while you travel. You can also use a bandana to pull your hair back—plus, it’ll protect your hair when you’re leaning against a headrest for a few hours.
It’s also a good idea to take some dry shampoo with you, particularly for travel on long flights. It’ll keep your hair feeling clean and fresh even after you’ve been seated in the same seat for hours. A wooden hair brush is another essential hair tool for preventing static hair when you travel. Look for one in a smaller size so it’s easier to pack.
Also, consider ahead of time what you’ll need when you’re away from home. Hotels often provide shampoo, body gels and conditioners, but bear in mind that you don’t always know what you’re getting—and they may not be formulated to benefit your unique hair type. So look for travel size versions of your favorite hair care products, like Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner. Packing your own hair care products ensures that your hair stays healthy and looks it, too, when you’re on the road—which is especially key if you’re heading to a wedding or want to take vacation pics. Plus, travel size hair products come in handy if you’re not going too far and are taking carry-on luggage only. They come in sizes smaller than 3.4 oz containers, which is the maximum limit for liquids in carry-on luggage. If you can’t bear to part with your favorite conditioner, you can find empty, travel size bottles into which you can transfer it.
Where you travel matters, too. The quality of the water can differ considerably from that at home, so don’t allow your hair to suffer from hard water. Instead, make sure that you pack a nourishing conditioner like Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner. Climate can also affect your hair. If you know that you’re heading somewhere dry and hot (think the Grand Canyon or Palm Desert), pack Fructis Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner, which will help to lock in hydration until you head home.