Hair care tips for traveling: How to keep your hair beautiful when on holiday

Mitch | 13 December 2017
hair care tips travel

Keep your hair looking great even while in transit with our travel hair care tips!

Traveling is good for the soul, but for the hair? It’s a completely different story. The things we expose our hair to when we travel—dirt, sun, humidity, salt or pool water, dry and recycled airplane air—they’re not exactly hair-friendly. And the thing is, most of the time when we go on vacations, our hair care routine pauses, too, which should not be the case, considering all the stress our tresses go through when we go on trips.

To help you keep your hair in tip-top shape when you’re vacationing, we put together easy travel hair care tips that are sure to bring great results. We’ve got everything covered—from products you need to pack, to hairstyles you should consider, and extra things you need to remember!

How to maintain your hair when traveling

travel hairstyles
Go for stylish but comfortable ‘dos. Credit: iStock

1. Master stylish yet practical and comfortable hairstyles

It would be hard to keep a fancy hairstyle in place when you’re on the road. Also, it would eat up time that’s supposed to be spent outside exploring the new place you went to visit. But of course, you have to look cute when you’re on vacation because travel OOTDS, so before you go on your trip, find cute but easy and comfortable hairstyles. Updos are great options because then you don’t have to worry about your hair getting in the way as you navigate unfamiliar streets. They also keep you cool in hot humid weather, and they don’t easily get messed up (especially if the updo you’re sporting is already a messy style—it would just camouflage your airport hair!).

TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray
TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: A few spritzes of hairspray will help keep your updo in place. TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray comes in a small spray can so it’s easy to lug around, plus it leaves no stiffness or stickiness—just water-free, humidity-resistant flexible hold.

2. Pack hair accessories

Throw some headbands, headscarf, hair clips, elastics, and bobby pins into your suitcase—they could come in handy on your trip. When you don’t have time to style, wearing a headband or wrapping your hair in a pretty scarf is both effortless and stylish. Or when you’re in a hot, humid weather, a high ponytail may be the smartest hairstyle to wear.

3. Give your tresses an instant refresh with dry shampoo

When you’re traveling, you’re out and about most of the day. The more time you spend outside, the dirtier and greasier your hair gets. The easiest way to freshen up without water is to use Dry Shampoo. It would get rid of dirt and absorb oil in your strands between washes. We recommend TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo—it easily cleans hair and gives it body.

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

4. Moisturize your hair before and during your flight

The dry, recirculated air in a plane cabin draws moisture wherever it can, including your hair. Give your hair a moisture boost before your flight by deep conditioning it with a moisturizing treatment product like Cream Silk Dry Rescue Vitamin Treatment. This nourishes the hair with extra vitamins to give it the extra moisture it needs.

Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream
Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream

Editor’s tip: If you have a long-haul flight, keep a leave-in conditioner (we love Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream) handy. Apply a small amount of the product on your hair, then wrap it with a silk scarf or pull it into a bun. This will help keep your tresses hydrated during your flight.

5. Protect your hair from pool or salt water

If you’re vacationing by the ocean or will be going for frequent dips in the pool, protect your hair before going into the water so it doesn’t soak up all the chlorine and salt. A good tip is to mix a dallop of leave-on conditioner with a glass of water, put it in a spray bottle, and give your hair a few spritz before diving into the pool.

travel hair care tips - use a hat
Protect your hair from the sun. Credit: iStock

6. Protect your hair from the sun

If you’re going some place sunny, wear a hat or wrap your hair in a head scarf. Just like your skin, your hair can get fried from too much sun exposure. If your hair is dyed, it will also cause your hair color to fade quickly. So cover up!

After a trip, you come home happy and re-energized, ready to take on the world again. Make sure your hair is, too! Just follow these tips and you and your hair will be fine!

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