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.

Marriott Stanton South Beach

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.

Suja Juice: 1-Day Renewal

Okay let’s face it. Chances are you’ve fallen off your health kick once or twice (read: weekly) since ringing in the New Year. Hey, that’s alright you’re only human. I tend not to make resolutions because I don’t like setting myself up for failure. Example: I told myself I would stop drinking coffee and replace it with green tea. One week later I was back at Starbucks sitting at the drive-thru waiting to order my usual venti cold brew with soy milk and lite ice. This wasn’t even a resolution! This was just me trying to kick a habit. Complete fail.

Fast forward to now. Still ordering coffee. But like I said, we’re only human.

I’ve read about juicing and all of the health benefits of juice in general but I never really hopped on board, mostly because its just another expensive habit, like coffee. I’ve tried juices while out to breakfast, carrot orange is my go to hangover cure, or when I’m running errands all around town like a crazy person and need a pick me up.

Also, the thought of green juice just grosses me out. Its like drinking grass.

Enter Suja Juice.

Suja Juice is grounded on one simple notion: conscious nutrition. AND not only are there Suja juices, but there are smoothies and probiotic waters- all are certified organic and non-GMO. It gets better. They are filler free, preservative free and gluten free. Free of the bad stuff, full of the good stuff.

If you follow me on Snapchat you know I received a lovely little package from Suja Juice a few days ago and  inside were six different flavors.

Suja Juice

After a little reading up on the company I discovered three of the juices were part of the 1-Day Renewal. This cleanse is meant to get you back on track and jumpstart your healthy eating habits. I am already a very healthy eater, aside from the occasional donut or latte, but I’ve always wanted to try a cleanse. This was the perfect way to do it because it incorporated solid food and juices, rather than a straight up liquid diet. Baby steps people.

Today, I enjoyed three juices and three mini-meals, think breakfast, lunch, and dinner,  on the 1-Day Renewal- follow me on Snapchat to see more (hrheaume). I started my day with Daybreak Probiotic, followed by Noon Greens, and ending with Twilight Protein. In between each of those juices I had a mini-meal. These meals were designed to deliver all of the necessary macronutrients to keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day. For my mini-meals I chose the chia seed overnight oats for breakfast, for lunch I had one can of tuna fish over a bed of leafy greens, and for dinner I went with the sweet potato topped with a tablespoon of almond butter. You can read all about the plan and meal options here.

Suja Juice

I have to be honest, I was skeptical at first. I didn’t believe I would have energy and remain full throughout the day. BUT, I did. I. Was. Shocked. The portions were perfect and the juices tasted delicious. Even Noon Greens. It didn’t taste the least bit grassy. I guess I shouldn’t be so judgy. The Daybreak Probiotic was my favorite, it tasted like spicy lemonade. And Twilight Protein was sweet, almost dessert like, so it was nice to end the day on a high note.  The juices helped stop the cravings I was having and seriously kept me full, all day long. And, I never felt the bloating I would normally get on a regular day of eating. The 1-Day Renewal was just what I needed to reset my system. You could say I’m a Suja Juice lifer.

If I could do one thing differently I would have had my regular morning coffee (or some sort of caffeine) because I get headaches when I don’t have caffeine and because it was Monday.

After today, I know I could definitely do Suja’s Original Fresh Start cleanse no problem. Stay tuned for that post.