It is probably the last thing you think of while you’re packing, but I guarantee it will be the first thing you think of when you wake up the first morning of vacation: How are you going to style your hair while you are away from home?
Hair maintenance is time-consuming and tricky in your own bathroom, when you have all of your favorite gadgets and products to work with; on the road, you probably don’t have luggage space for your regular beauty gear, and you definitely don’t have the time to waste primping in front of a well-lit mirror. To save time, room, and energy, you can prepare ahead of time with essential tools and tricks to make vacation hair fast and easy.
Good hair during travel
Must-Bring Products and Tools
Mousse, hair oil, curl refresher, quick-dry salve, relaxer, hydrating lotion, heat-protection spray — the different types of hair products number in the hundreds. You shouldn’t expect to complete your usual hair routine every day of your vacation, which means you can probably leave a couple dozen of your regular products in the bathroom cabinet. However, you should still strive to keep your hair healthy and happy while you are on-the-go, which means you should pack a handful of vital products:
Your hotel will likely supply basics, like shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray, but if you have a particular type you prefer, bring them in a travel-size container. A few other common hair tools come in travel sizes as well, including hair dryers, curling irons, and straighteners, some of which can even be cordless. Additionally, you should try to find a small, collapsible boar bristle brush to make combing easier.
You shouldn’t expect the luxury of an everyday shower, so you should prepare with small containers of product to make dirty hair more manageable. Dry shampoo is indispensable on the road; you can even make your own natural varieties to keep your hair healthy. Coconut oil is another natural hair cure, and you can apply it to the ends to prevent unsightly breakage and increase shine.
Saltwater and fast wind aren’t usually hair’s best friends. Certain climates and activities are undoubtedly harsher on hair than others, so if you want to make the most out of your limited styling time, you should plan plenty of these hair-saving activities:
Go on walking tours of museums and landmarks. Most vacation destinations have history of one type or another, and usually they offer multiple ways of learning about it. With a walking tour, you won’t have pesky wind messing up your ‘do, and controlled indoor climates will be kinder to your hair.
Enjoy a nearby wine, beer, or spirits trail. If you’re vacationing somewhere known for their great wineries, breweries, and distilleries, like Niagara Falls, they usually offer exclusive tasting rooms for guests to sample their latest and greatest fare, which means your hair will be safe from outside damage. Plus, after enough tastings, you probably won’t even care about your hair anymore.
Indulge with a luxurious day at the spa. Vacations are for relaxing, and there is no better place to relax than the spa. The best part of a spa day is you don’t have to do your hair at all; in fact, some excellent spas even have salons to address your travel hair woes.
Hair issues while traveling
Even with an undefeatable arsenal of travel-ready products and tools, you shouldn’t expect to make artwork out of your hair. Fussy up-dos may look fantastic, but they require too much maintenance when you are on the road. Instead, you should opt for any of these quick and easy styles:
- Low ponytail. More chic than the regular ponytail, this style works when you don’t have time to shower.
- Top knot. You are certainly familiar with the beautiful ease of the bun; use a sock bun if your hair is particularly thick.
- Braided bangs. Hair in your eyes is annoying and unattractive; braid your bangs and pin them back for a functional style.
- Half up, half down. You can frame your face and keep most of it off your neck by pulling the top layers of your hair into a ponytail or bun.
- Long braid. Any type of long plait looks sophisticated but doesn’t require much work, but the fishtail braid is particularly elegant.
- Hats and headbands. When all else fails, grab your favorite cap or a stylish band and cover up your roots.