Hair Tips for Traveling
Whether you're jet setting halfway around the world, meeting up for a family reunion, on a business trip across the country or just driving a few hours for a weekend getaway, there are a great number of things to consider for a stress free trip or perfect vacation… from itinerary and weather to ensembles and hair options. We know you want to travel in comfort and with ease while still looking glamorous. Hairfinder interviews fashionable flight attendants and jet setting prima donna’s that have divulged all of their best tips to show our readers that travel and style can effortlessly go hand-in-hand.
Our hair is oftentimes the very first thing people notice about us and when traveling we are encountering hundreds, sometimes even thousands of new faces that we are ultimately making a first impression on. What does your ‘travel hair’ say about you? Buckle up ladies and make sure your carry-on bags are secured in the overhead compartment because Hairfinder will take you from a messy haired maven to a flawless fashionista in no time!
Flight attendants swear by oils for styling and insist that they work better than hair spray for keeping hair appearing tame without kindling a cluster of static electricity. Shorter styles, like bobs and pixies for example, may require hairspray to hold in place but longer styles can be tamed with oils. A natural boar bristle hair brush works wonders on frizz and can fit nicely in your carry-on bag and also helps combat the static that comes along with flying. Hair shine paper is a wonderful travel hair tool, it reduces drabness and aids in eliminating static. Brush first, then smooth hair over with paper and you’re good to go!
Contrarily, to tackle the troubles an oily scalp can bring, you can put a dry shampoo to good use. Just sprinkle it on and comb it through your hair. There is a product called Shampowder. You can match this dry shampoo to your hair color, and it even comes with a hairbrush! Shampowder not only washes but has a nice fresh fragrance leaving hair smelling fantasticly and will even improve volume at the scalp. To top it off, Shampowder is marketed perfectly for travel as it is sold in a plastic portable package.
If you are traveling by car (and no one will see you) why not make the journey with a deep leave-in conditioner on your hair? Use a scarf or wear a hat to disguise the wet look. You really can kill two birds with one stone, as the saying goes. You can moisturize your hair so that it is nice and vibrant looking for your destination and putting it back with conditioner in keeps strands out of your face. This is an excellent way to win the battle against dry or brittle hair.
Scrunch and Crunch
Scrunching hair is a versatile style that is good for both short or long hair. It’s easy peasy and can add a large amount of volume, making hair look full, curly and beautiful. Begin when hair is damp and apply a generous amount of humidity protectant mouse or gel all over. Using the defuser tool on the end of the blow dryer is best, but if you do not have one your hands will do just fine.
Make sure to blow dry with the lowest setting, it helps reduce that amount of the frizz that can come along with a blow dryer. Once a mouse or gel is run through the hair shaft, take your fingers (or defuser tool) and scrunch hair all up to the scalp and let the blow dryer work it’s magic. Voila, beautiful and voluminous scrunched style!
A Low, side-ponytail is an ideal ‘go-to’ style for when you have been traveling for hours on end and the last thing you want to do is fuss with your hair. Leaving a few tendrils down and curling them adds an element of sophistication to a simple style. Just brush your hair over to one side into a low, secure in place and add a coat of hair spray.
Not only are these styles beautiful, but they are also pretty practical for traveling. If you are going to be devoting a fair amount of time en route, an updo is a fantastic way to keep yourself looking your best. You can do it yourself or see a stylist before you leave. There is an endless amount of updo styles out there that can be implemented. If you are going to do it yourself, simply pull hair back into two or three (depending on how thick your hair is) high ponytails and take strands from them and wrap pieces around one another, secure with bobby-pins and hair spray and you are good to go!
Braid, Twist and Oh Beehive
The fishtail or classic braid, French twist and beehive have been around for a long time… some may even refer to them as the classics. Braids are an excellent way to tame rowdy, wiry travel hair and are what we call a two for one, as they essentially serve up two awesome styles… the braid itself, of course and we all know when the braid is taken out, you’ll be left with marvelous bouncy curls that serve as a whole new look!