How To Look After Your Hair – Insider Hair Care Tips For Travel
One of the last things you need when you arrive home relaxed from a trip is repairing a headful of frizzy, split ends, that’s dry as the Sahara Desert. With some careful pre-trip planning, a few hair care products and a the best travel hairdryer, you’ll find it easy to maintain your hair on your travels. These hair care tips will also serve you if you are traveling for business too.
Read this great review on the best travel hair dryers
Pre-business and World Travel Tribe days I worked as a hairstylist, manager and trainer in the largest privately owned salon chain in Australia. One of the most common problems faced by our clients was maintaining their hair at home or on their travels, keeping it looking and feeling great.
I felt that it was my duty to help my clients look after their hair at home, as if our hair looks good then we feel good, right ladies?
You can have the best cut and color in the world but if you don’t know how to maintain your style in between salon visits and especially when you travel, the color will fade, your hair becomes a tangled mess and completely unmanageable. Here are some tips to help you cope.
Buy Professional Salon Products
Yes, I know they are more expensive than products you can pick up in a supermarket, but they are totally worth spending a few extra dollars on to look after your hair. No point in spending all that money on a great cut and color if you aren’t prepared to look after it.
You only need a good shampoo and conditioner (even if you are male) and a leave-in conditioner when you travel. I’m using one at the moment that I love as it doesn’t weigh my hair down. It’s easier to style and it’s a multitasker, giving my hair 21 essential benefits. Including protecting the color from the elements. The best I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a few).
Speaking of a multitasker product Drynamic (also known as Dry Clean Only) by Sebastian is brilliant for fine to medium hair as you can use as a dry shampoo for those in-between days AND as a styling product. Both these products have extended my shampooing days. Use as a styling product the day you blow-dry your hair and not only does it add volume it keeps your roots fresh and away from your scalp, a must for fine hair.
Both these products have extended my shampooing days. I now shampoo just twice per week rather than every second day, saves me heaps of time AND helps my hair’s condition. Both are also available in travel sizes.
Do This Before You Board The Plane
Book in the day before you travel for a blow-dry, it will last you days longer than blow-drying it yourself. Naturally, if you are going to hit the beach the very next day miss this step. My stylist has girls that book in Monday morning before they fly on business for the week (he’s super flexible with times) so they don’t have to worry about their hair for the entire time they are away.
Having a professional blow-dry helps the condition of your hair too as you won’t have to shampoo as often.
Take This With You
Even when I travel light with a carry-on I take my blow-dryer. I know this may seem a little pedantic to you, let me explain why. My hair is very fine, lightened and naturally curly, a recipe for a frizzy disaster if I don’t use great products and a good brush and blowdryer.
I know blow dryers are always, (well mostly) available in hotel rooms, however, I’ve found they are a very low wattage, no nozzle and don’t have enough air generated to dry and shape my hair quickly.
If you are on a desert island and it doesn’t matter what you or your hair looks like then totally disregard this. Even if you ARE enjoying a Tropical Island holiday in a beach-side resort, I’m guessing you’ll still want to look presentable for dinner and a few quick blasts of your blow-dryer will make you feel and look better, even if you dry you hair just around your face.
Whether you are at home or traveling, letting your hair dry naturally is the ultimate for its condition. I always let my hair half-dry naturally before I blow dry anyway. With fine hair this doesn’t take long, but if you have medium to thick hair, towel-dry well by squeezing the moisture out of your hair rather than rubbing it dry with your towel.
After applying your leave-in conditioner, skincare and makeup (if you are wearing any and if you are having pre-dinner drinks on your balcony) then you have the perfect opportunity hair to let your hair dry naturally. Then you can finish it off quickly with your blow-dryer.
Go completely natural, embrace your curls if you have them or use a bandana, scarf, clips or combs. Be creative by grabbing sections of your hair and pinning it up. A carefree boho look is perfect for vacations.
Final Hair Care Tips
- When in the sun always wear a hat, it protects your skin and hair
- If you have long thick or dry hair, pop your hair in a band, wet the mid-lengths and ends and apply (more) leave-in conditioner to protect while swimming, especially in a chlorine swimming pool
- Always rinse your hair after swimming in the ocean and especially after swimming in chlorine
- Never brush your hair when it’s wet, it causes breakage
- Always use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet
- Never use an elastic band to tie your hair back, no matter how desperate you are
- Never tie your hair back when it’s wet, this causes breakage
- Always use a leave-in conditioner to protect from the sun and color loss
- Never buy your hair care products where you buy your food. Always use salon or professional products
- Decant your shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner to save money, rather than buying miniatures, or use the toiletries from past travels if they are good quality
What do you find most frustrating about your hair when you travel? Do you have any hair care tips you can share?