Travel Hair Tips: How To Take Your Routine On The Road

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How To Take Your Hair Care Routine On The Road

04 December 2018
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

No feeling quite beats the excitement and anticipation of planning a vacation. Between fitting all your favorite outfits in your luggage, finalizing your trip itinerary, and deciding the best time to leave for the airport, there’s so much to get done before you finally hit the road for your next adventure. With the holidays and time off from work approaching, you’re likely wrapping up a few crucial details. If you’re beauty obsessed, you’re trying to figure out how to squeeze all of your beloved products into your bag.

Whether your hair is an ash blonde or dark brown hair color, your mane deserves the same amount of care when you’re on the go as it gets at home. Wondering how to take your hair routine on the road? We’re sharing our top tips and tricks about how to simplify your travels.


Don’t forget leave-in conditioner.

Every girl has a few products in their hair routine that they simply cannot go a day without. Unfortunately, fitting your entire routine into just one suitcase or carry-on bag can be a serious struggle. If there’s one product you’ll need for any getaway, it’s leave-in conditioner.

Because your vacation destination will likely come with a change in climate, your strands may be left looking a bit drier than usual. Searching for a leave-in conditioner to bring along to your next trip? We recommend the Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment. It has 20 beautifying benefits for your hair: leave in nourishment, boosts shine, smoothes the cuticle, prevents breakage and heat damage, and more.

Make dry shampoo your BFF.

When you’re on vacation, daily shampooing should be the last thing on your mind. Which is why dry shampoo is one of our go-tos for giving us a little extra time between washes. We love the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo. It instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days

If you’re a brunette on-the-go, opt for the Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo For Brown Hair. The product is specially formulated for brunettes to avoid white residue and blend seamlessly into dark hair.


Protect your strands from the sun.

Packing sunscreen for skin protection is a no-brainer, but did you know that sun rays can affect your hair just as much? Whether you’re hitting the beach on your next getaway or planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, protecting your strands from sun damage is essential. We recommend investing in a few hair products formulated to protect your mane from sun damage. The Kérastase Bain Soleil Shampoo contains UV filters and is beneficial for protecting, repairing and beautifying hair exposed to the sun. Be sure to pair it with the brand’s Soleil CC Crème, an Anti-damaging leave-in complete correction cream with UV filters, ceramides and linseed oil suitable for all hair types.


Simplify your styling.

Styling your hair is likely the last thing on your mind when traveling. Lucky for you, there’s no need to dedicate a lot of time to primping your mane. Some of the best looks can be achieved in five minutes or less. If you’re looking for quick and easy vacation-worthy hairstyles, we’ve got you covered. We narrowed down a few of our favorite travel-friendly hairstyles that are sure to give you a good hair day.


No Heat Waves

If you’re looking to achieve a quick hairstyle without the damaging effects or effort of heat styling, heatless waves are our absolute favorite. All you need to do is apply a dime size amount of Matrix Style Link Wild Boho Texturizing Air-Dry Cream to damp hair to create full-bodied volume and root lift with lasting hold.

Messy Bun

Gather all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic and since you’re going for a messy look, use your fingers instead of a brush or comb when creating the high ponytail. Wrap the loose hair from the ponytail around the base of the hair elastic to create a bun. Use bobby pins and a few spritzes of hairspray to hold the bun in place.

Low Ponytail

Styling the perfect low ponytail is as simple as any hairstyle can get. All you’ll need is a boar bristle brush, a hair elastic, and a hairspray like Kérastase’s Laque Couture to lock your look in place. If you want to spruce up your low ponytail, swap out your regular hair tie with a cute scrunchie.


Accessorize With A Hat

There are so many reasons to add a hat to your accessory arsenal. Hats some of the most stylish accessories around and they can quickly cover up greasy roots or a frizzy hair day.

Looking for more expert hair tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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