Mobilize your mane
Your flight just landed, you grab your luggage from the baggage claim, you hit the airport restroom and... disaster. Yup, I’m talking to you and your weathered travel hair.
Listen up, ladies: Travel can wreak havoc on your beauty routine, but it doesn’t have to. With a little planning, patience and creativity, your tresses can be stress-free on vacay.
Getting past security
With TSA’s 3.4-ounce liquid rule, stashing your economy-sized shampoo in your carry-on is a big no-no. But unless your hotel offers top-of-the-line hair products tailored to your exact hair type and care routine, you probably want to stay away from the complimentary bottles in the bathroom.
If you’re against checking bags, ask your stylist for shampoo and conditioner samples of your favorite brands, or squeeze some out of your big bottles into miniature leak-proof plastic travel containers.
Frequent flier tip: The same can be said for equipment. If you don’t need a diffuser, the hotel blow dryer will get you by. Traveling in a pack? Designate who’s bringing a flat iron, a curling iron or whatever else you can share to save on packing space.
Pre-plan your ‘dos
You (sadly) can’t bring your entire closet with you, and the same should be applied to your hair care supply. Before you go, plan out your hairstyles so you know which products and equipment to bring (and, ahem, which ones to leave behind). You know you’d rather spend more time on the beach than in the hotel bathroom, so leave your set of hot rollers at home. They’ll miss you, but they’ll get by.
Frequent flier tip: Swap your bobbies for spin pins for better hold, especially in buns.
Perfect your ponytail skills
Sometimes bad hair days are just unavoidable, especially when you’re traveling to places with funky weather (rain, humidity, blehh). Hit the tarmac with a few go-to updos, especially styles that work great in any situation.
Try a smooth pony on your work trip, pair a messy fishtail with your bikini and pin up a sexy top knot for your night(s) out on the town.
Frequent flier tip: Throw an empty filtered water bottle into your suitcase and fill it up as soon as you land to start the rehydration process.
Cancel out cocktail consumption
In addition to an increase in cocktail consumption, air travel has the tendency to dry you out, and this includes your hair. Increase your water intake to keep your locks hydrated and happy.
Chillax, you’re on vacay
Yes, you want your travel pics to turn out great (or at least Facebook-worthy), but you don’t want to spend the whole time stressed out about your hair. It’s also a great time to give your hair a break from the frequent heat treating (drying, flat ironing, etc.) you’re guilty of back home.
Let it air dry, try a braid — just have fun!
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