My pre-travel game plan is all in place this year. Fuji Instax camera, check. Downloaded the newest, most popular app for designing pretty backdrops, aka Unfold (am so obsessed with it Y’all) and made sure there’s one shade from every colour in the rainbow in my suitcase so there is lots of variety and style in all of my Insta-stories. Check, check. Made reservations, called long-time friends and got that new Smashbox Bawse to go. Now, the only thing we’ll probably regret the moment I get into the flight is hair. It’s not up to the mark and scared for the weather changes that it will see as you globe-trot to countries that have tap water, various water temperatures and oh, swimming pools. Who knows how your hair will react?
Among the many things you have to do – hair care has to be the confusing one to check off your list – what to pack, what’s double-duty, what is necessary and what’s not? Too many questions, no hair genie to answer all. So we decided to do some R & D and came up with a concise, more doable hair regime – packed with interesting and easy-to-use products so you could go on your vacay – carefree and hair-happy.
Like planning your itinerary starts much in advance, so should your hair care. Here’s how we do ours! * We’ve peppered the story with as much information on products as possible so, bookmark and shop!
Always up your moisturizing game few weeks before your travel. A massage every three days with a good oil is super important. We highly recommend Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil to feed your hair with natural oils and moisture.
Tiny things you’ll need for that all-weather hair
Even though you should pack your essentials according to the climate of your destination, it is always important to have certain essentials in your travel kit like Balmain Paris Texturizing Salt Spray for textured, humid resistant hair, courtesy silk proteins and argan oil, and BBLUNT Mini Back to Life Dry Shampoo Spring Fling for instantly fresh hair. While a salt spray makes for a great volumizer at the beach and gives your dull hair some bounce, a dry shampoo can always set you up with pretty hair as you feel trapped for time to have that big shower. Spray and paint the town red with hair like Aniston’s.
Add in quality accessories that change the hair game
Okay, I’ll say this once and you have to remember it forever. Good tools will always hold you in good stead. That means a great brush, a good bobby pin or even a fun scarf in case of emergencies. Our vote goes for the Tangle Teezer Lulu Guinness Compact Styler Detangling Brush ( kickass and totally awesome, but yes, at a steep price point) and hair accessories that are quality (bobby pins, hair ties, scarf, headband etc.). We found some great hair knick-knacks at Forever21. Bunny hairpins and what not!
Fuss-free hairstyles for travel
Before leaving for the airport, don’t spend too much time on your hair and opt for quick bun or braid to get static-free, beautiful, natural waves later. Follow the most basic step of drinking water and staying hydrated during the flight to have healthy-looking hair thereafter.
When on vacation though, go for quick hairstyles like topknot or side bun, regular three-strand or fishtail braids etc. to have more time exploring the place. Your hair has to look effortless, with minimal work involved. You can even amp up your look by accessorizing your braids or ponytails with scarves.
Bad hair day? Learn the fool-proof scarf tricks perfect for the busy traveler
We found some cool tips and tricks to do with a scarf here. Wear a hat or head wrap whenever under too much sun, after all, it’s neither good for your skin nor for your hair.
Bits of pampering
Coming on to hair care, use dry shampoo to freshen up your hair instead of opting for multiple washes. Make sure to carry BBLUNT Climate Control Anti-Frizz Leave-in Cream when traveling to a humid destination for smooth sun protected hair, thanks to the much-popular superfood quinoa and pro vitamin B5. For beach or pool days, use Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Mist which comes with Jeju camellia oil that coats your hair to protect against damage from salt or chlorinated water.
After travel care: Hydration is happiness
When you come back from your trip, your body needs time to get ready to take on the world and so does your hair. It is really important to hydrate your hair after traveling, so add Balmain Paris Argan Moisturizing Elixir to your hair regime to lock in moisture in your hair for restored hair health and use Kevin Murphy Young Again Hair Masque weekly to deep condition your hair with quinoa, lotus flower and baobab seed oils and get your soft and lustrous hair back. All it takes is a few minutes and very fewer products to achieve healthy hair.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. These few tricks and products can see you through the toughest of hair days and when on vacay – just know that fuss-free and hair-happy is the way to go.
Karishma is an engineer turned fashion stylist and writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, Ranveer Singh, salted caramel ice-cream and nutella make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.