Welcome to the first installment of Travel Diaries, where I share a round-up of tips and recommendations from bloggers and other frequent travelers. I’m hoping to make this a monthly feature, so if there are topics you’d like to see covered, please let me know. To kick things off, we’re talking…
Travel Hair Care! 💁♀️
Many of you have asked which hair care products and tools are best to travel with, and how to pack them. I’ve been at a bit of a loss to answer, because my hair care routine is pretty minimal. Shampoo, conditioner (maybe), quick blow-dry. Maybe a little texturizing spray. C’est tout.
So for this Travel Diaries, I asked four of my blogger friends, each a seasoned traveler, and each with a different hair type, to share their favorite hair products, tools, and tips for travel.
Jennifer – A Well Styled Life
Hair type & challenges:
I have poker straight, fine, limp hair that is thinning. It’s just below chin-length (due for a cut) with a few layers. I struggle with a lack of volume and body.
I never check a bag so I take sample sizes of my products. If they’re not available, I’ll decant into a container that is TSA size approved.
- Shampoo and rinse- I decant these: Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash & Rinse. *If a lack of space makes me choose between shampoo or styling products, I will choose the products and take my chances on the hotel shampoo.
- Mousse applied at roots for volume. Kevin Murphy Bodybuilder Volumizing Mousse.
- Antigravity Gel all over damp hair. Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Oil-Free Volumizer – I decant this because a little goes a long way.
- Dry Shampoo. After blow-drying, I spray the roots of my hair with this dry shampoo for more volume. Even the day I wash it. Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast. This stuff is amazing!
- Finishing spray: Kevin Murphy Session Spray Strong Hold.
- Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to help lift the roots. This is what I use to lift the roots again before going out in the evening.
- I pack my round brush- Osensia Professional Round Brush and four velcro rollers to add body if I need it.
Josephine – Chic At Any Age
Hair type & challenges:
Length is short at the back and chin length at the sides with a side fringe. I have always had thick slightly wavy hair but have noticed that it has got a bit thiner with age. I no longer colour my hair so it is grey at the front and sides and darker at the back. Sort of salt and pepper. I find it fairly easy to style. I lift the roots with my fingers to start. Then use a 5 inch roller brush to control the waves. Now my hair is a bit thiner it can go flat at the top and sides. A bit of dry shampoo or hair spray can zizz it up.
Josephine’s travel hair care products:
I have not been long haul for a while so I take everything in my carry on bag. I decant small amounts of each product except the dry shampoo into plastic containers and only take essentials as you can buy products in Europe if you run out.
- Kerastase Discipline curl ideal conditioning cleanser. I find that it tames and smooths my hair (I don’t take my normal purple shampoo with me as it would be a disaster if it leaked it would stain my clothes)
- Philip Kingsley pure blonde/silver brightening daily conditioner.
- White hot shooshing cream from Look Fantastic. Good to rub between hands and shoosh up hair after blow drying. Also good the following day if hair is a bit flat.
- Batiste travel size dry shampoo (can’t go anywhere without it ) Best sprayed into roots before going to bed.
- Philip Kingsley swim cap water resistant mask if I am going anywhere with a swimming pool. I once had my hair turn green from the chlorine in a pool.
- I take a round hairbrush similar to this one plus a very small flat brush which I keep in my handbag. Similar
Beth – Style At A Certain Age
Thick, naturally grey, can be frizzy
Sometimes when it’s time to travel the last thing we think about is our hair. What with packing lists to complete, skincare products to purchase and deciding on the perfect pair of shoes to walk those cobblestone streets. If carry-on space is tight the last things we want to pack are oversized hair care products or heaven forbid a bulky blow dryer. Especially if we’re traveling overseas and the currents are different.
But have you ever attended a special event while on vacation and your hair was all wrong because the hotel shampoo left it limp and lifeless? We’ve all been there which is why i love to travel with products that not only keep my gray hair silky and smooth but will make it through the security line in a breeze.
My favorite products from Kerastase keeps my frizzy hair in check and comes in travel sizes. You can purchase the shampoo and conditioner separately. Or buy the travel-sized trio that includes a blow-dry primer
that protects my hair from the heat.
And i also love to throw in a travel-sized hair dryer that tames my thick hair in minutes. It’s called the mini blast ionic blow dryer that comes with dual voltage capacity that’s perfect for travel. It’s compact, lightweight and the perfect size to slip into my carry-on.
Alison – Wardrobe Oxygen
I have brown shoulder-length fine curly hair. I get my roots touched up every 2 months and let the ends fade out creating a bit of a balayage. For years I thought my hair was wavy and difficult and once I turned 40 it started thinning making it even harder to manage. Last spring my stylist suggested I embrace the natural curl he recognized from his training. He gave me a DevaCut and I started researching products and methods to embrace and encourage curls. I now have truly curly hair which I didn’t think was possible! It has not only made styling simpler, it also makes my hair look much thicker. I find my curls look best when I let them airdry which is the biggest challenge I find with my hair.
Alison’s hair care tips for travel:
- I use Ouidad products for curly hair and have travel-sized bottles of my must-have anti-humidity shampoo and conditioner. With curly hair, I only wash my hair twice a week, though I do sometimes co-wash (wash with conditioner) between shampoos if my hair gets dirty or really sweaty.
- To achieve great curls, I use a lot of a lightweight gel (the anti-humidity gel also from Ouidad), so much that the TSA-friendly bottle is empty after a weekend getaway. Depending on the length of the trip and whether I am checking luggage, I either take one travel bottle for every two days (I keep refilling the ones I own from my big bottle) or I pack a larger bottle in my checked luggage.
- I also pack an empty spray bottle; I fill it with tap water to revive curls in the morning between washings and then apply more gel.
The hardest thing with my hair that my curls are best when air-dried. I try to schedule washings with the rest of my itinerary so I don’t run around town with a sopping wet head. I dry my hair with an old t-shirt instead of a towel which is easy to pack and I’ve been known to rock a t-shirt turban until we literally walk out the door for the day. I pack a small-barrel curling iron in case my hair doesn’t like the local water (my curls take a few days to get used to soft water or well water). I also pack a silk turban (I have one from SILKE) to protect my curls while I sleep so I have less work to do in the morning to have good hair. I’ve also learned to pack a beret or small hat for the times when my hair completely revolts against the local water so I can look stylish while hiding a mess!
Many thanks to these generous bloggers for sharing their travel hair care tips and products! Please do go visit their blogs. Do you have any tips or challenges when it comes to travel and your hair?