Your flight's booked, your hotel looks perfect (online, anyway...) and you've packed enough swimsuits to last you through the apocalypse. But there's one important item on your list you might have overlooked:
Vacation-proofing your hair routine.
While you should be relaxing instead of spending hours on your hair, a bad hair day can still wreck your beach time - and if you're on a healthy-hair journey like me, your hair can't handle a week off or bad products.
Avoid the "Monica-in-Barbados" look and prepare your locks for an easy landing with these five haircare tips for traveling.
5 Hair Care Tips for Traveling
1. Stock your suitcase.
With TSA’s 3.4-ounce liquid rule, stashing your economy-sized shampoo in your carry-on is a big no-no. But unless your hotel offers top-of-the-line hair products tailored to your exact hair type and care routine, you probably want to stay away from the complimentary bottles in the bathroom.
If you hate checking bags, ask your stylist for samples of shampoo and conditioner in your favorite brands, or squeeze some product into miniature leak-proof plastic travel containers - leaving room for at least three more swimsuits.
3. Head off bad hair days.
4. Delay dehydration.
In addition to your cocktail consumption (those mini umbrellas are so cute!), air travel has the tendency to dry you out - including your hair. Add salt-heavy ocean water to the mix, and your locks will soon be crying out in desperation for hydration. Increase your intake of H2O to keep your strands hydrated and happy.
Frequent flier tip: Throw an empty filtered water bottle into your suitcase and fill it up as soon as you land to start the rehydration process.
yourself your hair a break.
Yes, you want your travel pics to turn out great (or at least Facebook-worthy), but you don’t want to spend the whole time stressed out about your hair. And remember - your hair needs some time to relax (especially from frequent hair drying, flat ironing, etc.) just as much as you do!
Try a braid or easy beachy waves — just have fun!