Travel hair: Tips for travelers
Travel Hair: Tips for Easy and Beautiful Hair for Travelers
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Why YOU need an easy travel hair routine:
Women waste tons of time on hair.
Day to day women spend hours on hair. The right color, the right style, the right stylist..highlights, lowlights and products: mousse, gel, styling cream, setting gel, hairspray.
This is even more true for special occasions like a wedding! I spent hours on the morning of my wedding to get my very straight and long hair wrestled into pretty curls.
I wish I had learned earlier in life that a special occasion didn’t require curls. If I had only embraced my stick straight hair sooner – I would have saved countless hours!!
Here is young me, convinced that only curls were beautiful.
Think I’m exaggerating about just how much time lady’s spend on their hair? Check this out.
The average woman spends this much time on her hair per month:
coloring – 5 hours
blow drying – 6 hours
styling – 5 hours
When traveling, we don’t have the time or luggage space to use the go-to products and styles we use at home. Traveling calls for different hair thoughts and expectations. With very long hair of my own and lots of travel miles behind me…I’ve learned a few things about traveling hair!
Travel Hair: Tips for Easy and Beautiful Hair for Travelers
Travel Hair: Scale back on products.
Look for all your products to do double or triple duty or at least consider a very small container. Have you used dry shampoo? Love the pretty ones from Lush. I love all things blood orange – isn’t it pretty?
If you are interested in traveling really light and using only carry on luggage, consider buying toiletries at your destination. It is fun to live like a local and try new shampoos and soaps.
Travel Hair: Cover up.
Brandy Lee swears by a low maintenance approach: Wash right before you go and add a bandana a few days later.
Travel Hair: Tame thick hair.
Super thick hair that takes forever to wash and dry? One cool and hip way to cut back on time, hassle, and products is an undercut. Maggie Langeness loves hers.
Travel Hair: Braids
Braids are not just for kiddos! I love to braid but have a much harder time doing my own than my someone else’s. Need a refresher or tips? I love the photos and how to videos at Luxy Hair.
Love this messy side braid from an anonymous traveler at Girls Love Travel. This is a look I rock often when I travel! It looks great poking out from under a hat.
Messy braids are fun! Sara Burgess loves hers.
Braids are awesome for the heat and work on shorter hair, too. Love this from Laura Solof.
Braids are fantastic for super long hair. Look at this detailed braid from MeganLee Maheshwari.
Travel Hair: Headbands
Headbands are not just for kids! Get some fabulous tips for updating headbands for adults from HuffPost Style.
These cute fabrics will give a little pizzazz to your look without the headache that often comes from headbands.Who loves bling? These are so pretty.Sequins are not just for little girls. These are so fun!
Amy Bensen calls this look ‘organized chaos’. I call it fantastic!!!
Travel Hair: Chignon
Chignon is a French word for bun – and it is very hard to pronounce. Is it Chig – non? Chig – nyon? Buns are not frumpy and severe anymore. You have so many options!
I love this how to video from The Small Things blog.
Natalie Mare loves her bun!
A top knot keeps hair up and off your neck – great in the heat! Marlena of Top Knot Travel makes it a signature look.
Travel Hair: Hat
I saved the best for last!
My very favorite all time travel hair tip is to wear a hat.
Not only will at hat keep you cooler with shade you carry around, but will keep you warmer in the winter, too. Best of all – wash your hair, plop on your hat and go. You’ll always look fabulous! Get tips on the RIGHT hat for you!
A hat was my very own fairy godmother who, with a wave of a magic wand and a sprinkle of pixie dust changed…… everything. Now I felt elegant, chic, and oh, so European!
Sometimes people think they never look good in a hat, but the trick is to choose the right hat. Anyone and any face shape can wear one. Look for tips on how to choose a hat based on your face shape here.
Travel Hair: Ponytail
Ponytails aren’t just for young ones anymore!! Find new ways to rock the ponytail on Instyle.
Half up and half down from Maria Tetley
What is your secret to easy travel hair?
Natalie, The Educational Tourist
I love easy braids and buns when I’m traveling! I also make sure to always have a few fun hats packed, too, for those days when my hair just isn’t cooperating on my streamlined product regimen. 🙂
I need to practice more with braids. I always just throw on a hat, but love braids on others so I need to give it more of a go for myself! Thanks for stopping by!
I typically wear braids on the plane. Then I mix up headbands, ponytails, buns, and hats for various activities.
I tend to go with a ponytail or a hat as my hair isn’t quite long enough for the braid. Thanks for the great tips, I will try some of your other suggestions like the bandana or a thick headband, also.
I totally LOVE a hat! Sometimes I buy them when I travel which is fun, too…makes a great souvenir! Do you have a favorite brand of hat?
I am feeling so dumb right now..I didn’t even know this many kind of hair styles could be done. Thanks for sharing. Posts like this will help me become a little stylish 🙂
Don’t feel bad! Have fun trying new things….always nice to look good in those photos you always take, right?
I usually go for braids or a ponytail. Interestingly enough, I find it easier to braid my own hair than to braid other people’s hair. Maybe because I’ve had a lot more practice on myself and never have the opportunity to braid others’ hair. In the winter I also like to cover up dirty/messy hair with a beanie.
Wish I could braid mine that easily!! I guess I should practice more. Right now….my braids are always crooked.
Braids and hats have been my go-to for years. I just got a short haircut here in Croatia — that was an adventure– so I don’t think I have to do anything anymore. Maybe I’ll look for a headband. Hats are essential, though.
I just love hats, too! Recently I’ve had the pleasure of finding a few during travels. I just bought a fabulous one in New Orleans. LOVE!
I love lush products especially their solid shampoo. I braid my hair a lot when I am travelling then at night I have lovely waves in my hair.
Lovely waves….I’m jealous. 😉
Caring for your hair while traveling is such a nightmare. I always try to bring my own hair care products with me because I can’t ever trust shampoos from hotels. Never!
I love my braids during travel. Its less stressful having not to worry about my hair. Thank you for this.
So many other things to think about on a trip, right? 🙂