Travel can be really tough on your hair and you may feel like you need all the travel hair tips in the world to help. We all know how dry planes can be. You walk in looking great and walk out with your hair fried like you’ve been running the flat iron over it for hours. Traveling to different cities and countries with weather you’re not accustomed to can wreak havoc on your hair as well.
When we went to Prague in March, it was freezing. My hair is not used to cold weather so it was drier than it’s ever been and looked so flat. Two weeks before Prague we were in Thailand where the hot, humid tropical weather made my hair frizz up like Monica from Friends in the Barbados episodes. And last year when I lived in smoggy California, my whole hair texture completely changed. The extreme weather changes can do a number on your hair.
The changing time zones, the jet lag, and just the stress that comes with traveling can also make your hair as unhealthy as that bacon cheeseburger you scarfed down for lunch. Since I have been traveling more often, I have tried to really pay attention to my hair and give it everything it needs to stay healthy while I’m on the road (or in the skies). Here are 5 travel hair tips that make it really easy to protect your hair while traveling.
Travel Hair Tips: Protect You Hair While Traveling
1. Bring Coconut Oil:
By now you’ve definitely seen the viral coconut oil videos that praise it for being the ultimate beauty product multitasker. Well, those videos weren’t just for thousands of shares on Facebook. It’s totally true! Coconut oil is one of my main essentials on every trip. There’s seriously a million uses for this magical oil.
Here are some ways I use it for my hair on every trip:
- I run a little through my hair halfway through long plane rides to add some extra moisture in the dry airplane.
- I put some in my hair as soon as I come out of the ocean water (instead of conditioner). It helps control the tangles, moisturizes my hair from the harsh salt water, and makes it smell amazing.
- After styling my hair, I lightly add some over the top to control the frizz.
- If my hair has been through the ringer all day (36 hours of plane rides, snorkeling all day, etc), I do a coconut oil mask when I get back to my hotel. I just slather it all over my head, leave it there for 10-15 minutes, and wash it out)
I use an organic coconut oil that’s sold in a huge tub on Amazon and then put it in smaller containers when I travel. It lasts me forever! One product, thousands of uses. It’s hands down the best beauty product for travel and deserves its place in my top 5 travel hair tips.
2. Don’t Brush Your Hair While it’s Wet:
When your hair is wet, it in its weakest state. The last thing you should be doing is brushing it (with a brush or a comb) because you’ll just be pulling out more hair than if you were brushing it dry. It’s especially not good for us girls with thin hair. Brush your hair before you get it wet in the shower.
If you really need to brush your hair out while it’s wet because your hair is a tangled mess or you need to brush it after you get out of the ocean, use the Wet Brush. I LOVE this thing. It’s gentle on your hair and doesn’t pull out as much hair as normal combs and brushes. It’s also better to start untangling at the bottom and make your way up.
I bring a small Wet Brush on all of my trips and use it both on my wet hair and my dry hair.
3. Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day:
I know so many girls (and guys) who wash their hair every day. You may be feeling squeaky clean, but you’re actually destroying your hair! Washing your hair every day strips your hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy. I have pretty oily, thin hair. When I stopped washing my hair so frequently, my hair actually got less oily! I now only wash my hair 2-3 times a week and it’s been better than ever.
When I’m traveling or having a particularly oily day, I use dry shampoo or cornstarch in my hair before styling to give my hair a little help in between washes. Or I’ll put it up in a ponytail or a braid. And when I shampoo my hair, I concentrate only on my roots. I also only put conditioner on the bottom ⅔ of my hair and avoid my roots. This has helped so much with keeping the oil at bay.
4. Protect your Hair from the Sun:
Traveling usually means you’re outside all day sightseeing, you’re outside in nature, you’re sitting on a beach somewhere relaxing in the sun, or you’re doing a daytime bar crawl (anyone been to New Orleans?!). All this time in the sun is super damaging to your hair. Make sure to pack a hat if you’re planning on being outside the majority of your trip. Your face will be happy for the extra protection too!
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5. Use Monat Hair Products:
I’ve become really conscious lately about the chemicals I am putting into and on my body. I’ve been slowly transitioning all of my beauty products to natural products. I was struggling for a while to find a natural shampoo and conditioner that actually worked. I’ve tried so many that either didn’t get sudsy enough or left my hair feeling dirty. Until I found my hair’s secret weapon and my top travel hair tips – Monat!
Monat is a wonderful company that is passionate about creating amazing, natural hair care products that do not contain toxic ingredients, are made cruelty free, and are also 100% vegan. They also strive to change people’s lives for the better, every day. They focus on helping others discover beautiful lives, both inside and out. That’s how every day becomes a good hair day (and we all know good hair days are the best days ever).
They have products for everyone and every hair type including dry hair, thin hair, and oily hair. They have products for men, women, and even children. Their systems include everything from Hydration, to Power Boost, and Let it Grow. On top of their fabulous shampoos and conditioners, they also have hair sprays, thickening sprays, hair masks, intense repair treatments, mousse, supplements, and even shaving cream for men.
I use their Volume System to give my usual flat and thin hair some life. The system comes with a 1) Revive Shampoo, 2) Revitalize Conditioner, and 3) Reshape Root Lifter.
How to Use:
Leave the shampoo on your hair for a few minutes and rinse. Repeat those steps (Sorry Ethan Craft – repeating is necessary). The first shampoo doesn’t get sudsy like a normal shampoo would. But the second shampoo always gets nice and sudsy and leaves my hair feeling so fresh and so clean.
Next, squeeze your hair to get most of the water out and slather on the conditioner. The conditioner is silky smooth. I leave the conditioner on for a few minutes too and then rinse thoroughly. After getting out of the shower, I spray the Root Lifter right onto my scalp, rub it in, and then style my hair like normal.
My hair has never and will never be the same! I have seen such a dramatic change in the texture of my hair. It looks fuller than it has ever looked. It’s also been extremely healthy and shiny. I’ve gotten SO many compliments on my hair since I started using it (#hairgoals). Another thing I love about this system is how little product you actually have to use. A little really does go a long way. I’ve been using the same full-size bottles for over a month now and I still have so much product left.
I also received a travel kit that included the Replenish Masque. This mask is one of the best hair masks I’ve ever used! It gives my hair all the moisture it needs and locks it in. I use it 1-2 times per week. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes after shampooing (I use it instead of the conditioner) and rinse it out completely.
Monat has completely changed my hair game and has given me beautiful hair whether I’m traveling or home. Monat is sold through independent market partners so you’re directly purchasing from individual people which makes it much more personal. Purchase all of Monat’s hair care products from my hair’s superhero, Leah Boyd here: https://leahboyd.mymonat.com/
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And those are my top travel hair tips to keep my hair looking and feeling amazing while traveling. Do you guys have your own travel hair tips? Let me know in the comments!