8 Hair Care Tips for Travelers

It’s no secret, traveling takes a toll on just about every part of your existence. From health to relationships and everything in between. For me, one of the things I struggle with when I travel is my hair.

Okay yeah this sounds like a very small worry in the grand scheme of things, and maybe it is, but I am attached to my hair. And it is attached to me (sorry, had to). Living life on the road I constantly struggle between wanting to have great hair and an underweight suitcase. Those two things don’t really go hand in hand.

Packing full size products and hair tools just doesn’t cut it for me. I can’t finagle it. And so my hair suffers. Well at least it used to. From hotel shampoo and conditioner, harsh water in other countries, the sun, the sand and saltwater, the humidity, the cold- I’ve got just about every force working against my hair on a daily basis.

That is until I found my hairstylist Emma at Bei Capelli back at home in Scarborough, Maine. Also, for those of you that don’t know I color my hair and if I don’t it’s this mousey brown/blonde color that I just can’t stand.

Below is a before and after of how I color my hair. My go to is balayage. This is similar to ombré except the blonde is painted on your hair and is then wrapped to trap the heat and progress the coloring process. The painting technique allows the stylist to have more control over how much blonde to apply and where to apply it. For me, this is such a low maintenance hairstyle and looks great both straight or curled, up or down, braided or in pigtails.

Before
Before
Marriott Stanton South Beach
After

After my appointment with Emma, I felt so much more knowledgeable about caring for my hair in general, especially while traveling. She gave me so many great tips so I thought I’d share them with you. Without further adieu:

Get Travel Size Hair Products

The obvious. This is a bit tricky for longer term travel and to be honest I haven’t quite mastered it yet. I usually still bring full sized shampoo and conditioner with me for longer trips but for trips that are only 2 weeks I can get by with travel size.

Oribe makes an amazing travel collection which includes an array of shampoo and conditioner. Two products Chelsea, salon manager at Bei Capelli, can’t live without while she travels are the Dry Texturizing Spray, this keeps your hair good on the second, third or fourth day, and Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher this keeps your hair smelling like day one.

Don’t wash your hair every day. Invest in Dry shampoo or baby powder

Not only does this help cut back on product usage but overall health and dryness of your hair. To soak up the oils I use either dry shampoo or baby powder. Be sure to use the baby powder sparingly. There is nothing worse than overdoing it and walking around with a white film on your hair HA!

Photo by Dave Burt
Photo by Dave Burt

Pack a hair mask

These are good to use at least once a week, especially if you’re on the road someplace tropical because the sun and sand re very drying. A Bei Capelli fav are all of the Oribe masks. I personally love the Beautiful Color Masque.

Take vitamins

You should do this anyways, not just for your hair. I take biotin which strengthens and promotes growth of my hair.

Bring essential hair tools only

Typically, all hotels have hair dryers. If you stay in hostels I’d recommend bringing all of your hair tools if you can. Or swap out either your curling iron for your straightener or vice versa depending on what you use more. I usually bring my curling iron only because my hair dries fast and straight.

Pack a wet brush to detangle your locks after each time you shower because it is less harsh on your hair and doesn’t put too much strain on your strands.

Also pack a fine tooth/wide tooth comb. To be honest, I’ve used the same Suave wide tooth comb for years. Plus, combs are much lighter and less likely to pick up any creatures (read: bugs) along your travels. Yes, I’ve heard of people getting bugs in their brushes.

Wear a hat or a turban in harsh weather conditions (heat/cold)

Perhaps my favorite way to protect my hair. I am always seen wearing a hat or some sort of hair wrap. The sun can damage and fade the color in your hair- for me, it turns browns to reds and blondes to brass. No Bueno. Especially when I’m on the road and away from my salon for so long.

Digli Cliffs

Best Salon Products

My favorite salon products are by Oribe. They smell amazing, leave your hair feeling silky smooth and last forever! Which is a bonus for me because I travel for weeks at a time. So I’ll either pack a few of the travel size or the full size. There are no harsh sulfates or additives so using these will not strip color treated hair.

Best In Store Products

This might be every hairstylists dreaded question because in store products aren’t all that great, no matter what they claim. But some can’t afford the $25 bottle of shampoo AND conditioner. The hair experts at Bei Capelli recommend anything that is sulfate free. So always read your labels!

There you have it! My go-tos to cure my travel hair woes! How do you care for your hair while you travel?

Hemant and Nandita

This post is written in partnership with Bei Capelli.

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