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We all have our favorite beauty routines, but sometimes our routines are not travel-friendly. Carry-on restrictions and limited suitcase space, leaves little room to bring everything with you. So how do you decide which hair care products to pack?
It is best to choose products and tools that you will get the most use out of. Here are a few must-haves for your suitcase that you will not want to be without.
Dry shampoo: For starters, dry shampoo is an absolute must! Dry shampoo absorbs oil, grease and revitalizes hair – leaving you feeling clean and refreshed. Plus, it adds overall volume and texture to your tresses.
Vitamin E: Travelling – especially in airplanes – is notorious for dry air. To combat dryness, pack a product or a crème that contains vitamin E. Products containing vitamin E will re-nourish and leave your hair feeling moisturized. Vitamin E is especially necessary if you will be exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, salt or chlorine. All these elements can contribute to overall dryness and breakage, but vitamin E acts as a barrier against these hair-ravaging aggressors.
Frizz-fighting shampoo & conditioner: Now that we have oily and dry hair covered, what about frizzy and unruly hair during travel? To combat frizz, and keep your hair silky smooth, be sure to pack a frizz-fighting shampoo and conditioner. Frizz-fighting shampoos and conditioners have specific ingredients such as aloe, maize, and guar. These ingredients make your hair smooth and silky to the touch, and these ingredients seal the hair cuticle, which protects it from damage while tackling fizziness.
Hair mask: Sometimes your hair will need some extra TLC while on the go, so be sure to pack a hair mask. Hair masks are wonderful while traveling because they provide that extra layer of moisture and protection for your strands. Look for masks that contain nourishing ingredients such as tamarind seed extract, keratin, amino acids, and healthy oils.
Ingredients to avoid: To keep your hair healthy while you travel and when you’re not, be sure to avoid these ingredients: sulfates, parabens, cocamide, silicones, and anything with alcohol.
AER Dryer: There is nothing worse than trying to use a poor performing hotel hair dryer. Avoid the hassle and be sure to pack your AER Dryer. AER Dryer is the perfect travel companion with its cordless and sleek design. Plus, it comes with Smart Dry and ionic technology, which smooths and dries your hair faster.
Now that we have the must-haves packed away, let’s dive in and take a look at a few more tips to keep your hair looking fabulous the whole trip.
Where are you going: Is the climate hot, humid, or dry? Knowing the weather in advance will help you determine what else you need to pack, like additional serums or maybe a moisturizing hair mask. It is also a good idea to visit the salon for a fresh cut to get rid of any split-ends!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: We already covered the importance of vitamin E in products, but if you are heading to a dry climate, especially after traveling in an airplane, you will want a little extra something to make sure your hair stays shiny and smooth. Before you head to the airport, work a little hair serum through your hair to smooth it, and pay close attention to the ends. And, look for a hair serum that contains UV and color fade protection, as this will guard your hair from the sun, sea salt, and chlorine.
Wrap it up: Do you have a drawer full of beautiful scarves that you haven’t touched in a while? Well, traveling is the perfect time to pull them out and rock them! Not only are scarves chic while jet-setting, but they also serve in keeping your hair frizz-free. Just wrap a beautiful scarf around your head and it will protect your hair from static-induced headrests that come from traveling in the sky or on the road. This step should follow the previous step, as this will lock in the serum for sure. And, a loose bun doesn’t hurt either. Super Très chic!
While you are traveling, try to avoid washing your hair too often. Plus, as most of us already know, second-day hair always looks better! Here are some ways to keep your hair looking and feeling fresh without straighteners and curling irons.
Grab your dry shampoo: To avoid greasy-looking hair before you style second-day hair, you will want to make sure it is as clean as possible. This is where your dry shampoo comes in handy. To use dry shampoo properly, aim it at your roots and let it sit for 30 to 90 seconds, so it can really work to absorb all the oil, sweat, grease, etc. Then massage it into the scalp and thoroughly brush it out.
Using a hair dryer: We’re guessing that you already used your AER dryer after washing your hair to get that smooth finish. Using your AER Dryer is a great way to add volume, reduce frizz and shape your hair without the harsh heat of a straightener or a curling iron. So, you might think it is a good idea to use it on second-day hair too - especially when your hair is a little flat and needs to be freshened up. However, heat on dry strands can cause damage to the hair if used all over, so instead section off the pieces that need to be refreshed or are a little kinked. Then, spray each section with a re-hydrating mist to add a little moisture to the strands. Next, use your AER Dryer to style it as you desire. By following this method, you only use heat where you need it and the rest of your hair stays protected. Also, if you used a heat protector the day before, you don’t need to reuse it the second day, as this may cause more oiliness.
Beauty sleep: To preserve your hair and help reduce oil and grease build up the next day, and prevent kinks while you sleep, put your hair up in a braid or a loose bun on top of your head. If you opt for a bun, use a silky scrunchy since it will not tug at your hair, nor will it suck out moisture. The next day, unravel your braid or bun for beautiful, smooth hair.
With these helpful tips, you will always be prepared no matter where your travels may take you! You will always look and feel your very best.