It was a beautiful summer. White, sunny beaches paired with calming, warm wind made up the perfect weather to go for a stroll down the beach or a walk through the bustling streets of Phuket, Thailand. Then there was me, sitting in my hotel room waiting to air dry my hair. You see, Life is not as simple as you may think. I could be doing all those wonderful things like going for a stroll that late afternoon; however, I had to think things through. I have naturally curly, frizzy hair, with the humid weather in Phuket; I had to tackle double the frizz. I had just gotten out of the shower and if I had gone out for a stroll, my hair would instantly poof up and it would feel like I had a rainforest up on my head. So I had to do what I had to do, I stayed in, did my whole after shower routine and patiently waited for my hair to dry, even if it meant, missing a stunning sunset or two.
Call me uptight but I had a fancy dinner to attend that evening and my priority was to not look like my hair was exploding out of my head. My mistake in this scenario was that I didn’t bring my hairdryer since I was packing light and the hotel hair dryer blasted hot hair that would only make things worse for my frizzy hair.
That’s the exciting thing about traveling, we always end up making unplanned decisions as we meet new people and get exciting opportunities to explore. So it’s always best to be prepared if you want to make the most out of every moment.
From my personal experience, I have learned the significance of a travel hairdryer. At the same time, I have determined what exactly I need in one.
These are the main advantages of carrying a travel hair dryer from my experience:
Usually, when traveling, you need to follow a certain weight limit and if you exceed it, there will be an extra charge and more importantly, packing light allows you to be more flexible and it’s easier to move about. If new experience and adventure are what you are seeking, make sure nothing is pulling you back.
Air drying hair may be the least damaging of all methods but it sure is inconvenient. Especially when you are on a vacation where time is limited and you don’t want to miss out on anything.
Getting your hair done fast with limited resources
A hair dryer can be used to add volume to straight, limp hair and it can be used to smooth down and straighten frizzy hair. So with only a hair dryer people with different hair types can be satisfied and that makes it worth the hassle to bring it along with you for a quick fix.
Avoid Electrical Issues
A hair dryer may need to adjust its voltage when it’s being used in a different region of the world and in this case a regular hair dryer without this setting will become useless in certain locations. So here, a dual voltage travel hair dryer becomes a necessity.
Avoid Hotel Hairdryers
Most hair dryer provided by the hotel are very generic and do not cater to your specific needs. If you are traveling on a budget, your hotel may not provide one.
So this brings us to, what we really need in a travel hairdryer. The following is a list of must-have features:
It must be small or even foldable so that it doesn’t take up much space in the luggage.
A lighter blow dryer will keep your luggage below the maximum weight limit and will allow you to be more mobile.
Both hot and cold setting
So that it can be used for different purposes and can cater to more than one hair type.
Dual Voltage feature
So that it can be used in different parts of the world.
All in all, I have definitely learned my lesson and will surely invest in a travel hair dryer so that, I don’t miss another sunset.
- Hair Tips n Tricks, Best Travel Hair Dryers For 2018 – Buyer’s Guide, March 1, 2018
- Kalista Salon, The Tops 6 Best Travel Friendly Hair Dryers For Your Out-of-Town Trips
- Caroline McGuire, WHAT A BLOW The disgusting reason why you should always bring your own hairdryer on holiday, 28th July 2017