A lot of women love to travel and travel frequently. One huge part of traveling is maintaining your hair while traveling. Now, when it comes to maintaining your hair during travel, it’s important to make note of the type of hair you have and the weather and timing of your travel. This is because the weather plays a key role in determining how you can best manage your hair while traveling. For example, the way you would deal with humidity is not how you would deal with dry or extremely cold climates. The type of hair you have also determines which products you should carry with you and which ones you should leave behind.
It goes without say that when you are traveling; you won’t have your favorite hair stylist by your side to get your hair done for you on a daily basis. You have to be willing to compromise on the level of hair care you can actually manage. Even though it won’t be the same as when you are at the comfort of your home, there are things you can do to ensure your hair is taken care of while traveling. Keep reading to find out more.
7 Tips for Hair Maintenance During Travel
- You want to make sure you carry your comb or hairbrush with you so that you are able to brush through your hair on a daily basis. The last thing you want is to have tangles throughout your hair or frizzy hair that becomes too difficult to control.
- Make sure to carry with you a travel-friendly hair dryer. It’s a mistake to leave behind hair dryers when traveling, thinking that they will take up space. There are plenty of small, lightweight hair dryers that are available in the market for you to consider for travels. You can choose to order them online or buy them from retail shops. You can try the Berta 1000 Watts Mini Ceramic Hair Dryer, Conair 1875 Watt Dual Voltage Folding Handle Hair Dryer, Amaxy Honeycomb Infrared Therapy Hair Dryer or other hair dryers easily available under well-known names such as Panasonic, Revlon, Rusk, etc. It’s never a bad idea to read up on hair dryers and their specifications before deciding on which one to buy for your hair. Speaking to your hair specialist can also be a great idea.
- Visit your hair specialist before your travel to get a proper hair wash, dry and setting up of your hair. This can be a good way to make sure your hair is properly washed and set before getting ready to travel. Oil massages or other hair treats can also be a great idea prior to getting on the plane, train or car. You may want to straighten or curl your hair while visiting your hair specialist. Just remind your self- you owe it to yourself to feel good prior to traveling, while traveling and post traveling.
- You want to try and collect sample sized hair products such as shampoos, conditioners and shampoos so that you can carry them with you. This is because you don’t want to be carrying huge shampoo bottles while traveling. Not to mention, most airlines have strict laws about liquid being allowed on carry on. Packing huge shampoo bottles in your luggage can even lead to spills, which will ruin your personal items! With all of this in mind, small sample sized shampoos and toiletries can really come in handy in travels. If you don’t have sample sized toiletries, just get yourself TSA approved sizes of containers suitable for travel in order to carry your hair products in, these are available at Walmart or other general stores. Make sure the containers are less than 4 oz. in size if you intend to take it with you on a flight.
- Make sure to take extra hair clips, hair wraps, hair elastics, bobby pins and any other item you may need to keep your hair up. Hats and scarves will come in handy for cold temperatures whereas hair moisturizers will come in handy for humid or hot weather. Don’t forget to put the small items together in a small and compact bag or in a container so that you can find them easily.
- Try to take only the hair products that your hair cannot do without. For example, if you’ve got dry hair, coconut oils or coconut hair masks can make a huge difference in setting the texture. If you need a hair spray, opt for smaller sized ones. If you need gels, take small sized ones. Stick to items that your hair absolutely cannot do without.
- While traveling, your hairstyle probably won’t look as top notch as when you are at the comfort of your home. Simple braids, buns or hair bands will have to do. You may even end up having bad hair days while traveling; this is no different to your everyday hair dilemma. Don’t stress too much on bad hair days while traveling. Focus on making the most of your travel. Let good hair days be an extra bonus to your travel and not the be it and be all for your trip.
Keeping these seven tips in mind will help you maintain your hair while traveling and making the best of your travels.
- Kristen Sarah, Hair Care Travel Essentials, May 13, 2014
- Alex, Best Hair Products for Travelers with High Maintenance Manes
- Caroline Morse Teel, 10 Tiny Hair Products You Need to Pack, Feb 19, 2016