The Travel Routine

The Travel Routine

The Ultimate Guide to Hair while Traveling

When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to do is spend two hours fixing your hair. You’ve got to make the most of every minute.

Truthfully, though, styled hair and fresh-faced makeup truly add the finishing touch to create a polished appearance to your travel outfit. That’s the real secret to chic style. It doesn’t matter how perfect your travel wardrobe looks if these other factors are missing.

Now this doesn’t mean that you need to bring your entire beauty cabinet on a trip, or start using hair tools if that’s not your thing. It’s just a reminder that you don’t need to skip your hair routine entirely, because you can just bring the essential items that enhance your features for a natural yet chic look.

Moisturize your hair before and during your flight

The dry, recirculated air in a plane cabin draws moisture wherever it can, including your hair. Give your hair a moisture boost before your flight by deep conditioning it with a moisturizing treatment product. This nourishes the hair with extra vitamins to give it the extra moisture it needs.

Bring your own hair products

Yes, we know that most hotels provide toiletries for their guests, but it’s still better to bring your own. This way, your hair gets the nourishment it needs from the products that you regularly use. You also limit potential allergic reactions if you have a sensitive scalp. You don’t need to bring the whole bottle. Just transfer your shampoo and conditioner into travel-size bottles so they’re convenient to carry around.

Protect your hair from pool or salt water

If you’re vacationing by the ocean or will be going for frequent dips in the pool, protect your hair before going into the water so it doesn’t soak up all the chlorine and salt. A good tip is to mix a dollop of leave-on conditioner with a glass of water, put it in a spray bottle, and give your hair a few spritzes before diving into the pool.

Protect your hair from the sun

If you’re going some place sunny, wear a hat or wrap your hair in a head scarf. Just like your skin, your hair can get fried from too much sun exposure. If your hair is dyed, it will also cause your hair color to fade quickly. So cover up!

Give your tresses an instant refresh with dry shampoo

When you’re traveling, you’re out and about most of the day. The more time you spend outside, the dirtier and greasier your hair gets. The easiest way to freshen up without water is to use dry shampoo. It would get rid of dirt and absorb oil in your strands between washes.

Heatless Hairstyles

 If you decide to leave your tools at home, these are some heatless hairstyle ideas:


  • For volume and waves, pack a few foam curlers that you can wear overnight to set your hair. Remember, just pack a handful, not a whole set!
  • Do you use claw clips? If so, after you wash your hair, clip it into a low bun while still wet. It will air dry to create natural looking waves. As a bonus, if you have frizzy curly hair, this method may also create smooth waves instead of tight curls. Add some styling product before tying it back.
  • Create an elegant up do with the sock bun method. Opt for a pre-made bun roller that weighs nothing and can be crammed into a small space if needed. If you leave your hair rolled in a bun for an extended period of time, it can also create volume and waves. Perfect for a day-to-night transition!
  • Similar to a sock bun, braids also result in waves and are a feminine way to style your hair. This style is great for an active trip because it’s feminine yet keeps your hair out of your face.

Just like your skin, your hair needs some TLC, too, especially after a long day under the sun and exposed to various elements. Follow this night hair time routine, and wake up to beautiful hair every day. 

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