Travel Essentials: Hair Care

Travel Essentials: Hair Care

When it comes to my hair care routine while I’m on vacation I have three things to focus on: keeping it clean, hydrated and silky smooth. Since I have naturally wavy frizzy hair I am already challenged with keeping my hair tamed, add in some humidity and my hair is a serious mess. Finally though, after a few travel blunders, I’ve been able to narrow down just what I need to keep my tresses tame while away!

Travel Essentials: Hair Care

CLEAN:

Shampoo & Conditioner:

When heading on holiday, packing a daily shampoo and conditioner is a must. I typically get full or large size hair care when I head on holiday, especially a tropical holiday, because I find myself washing my hair so much more frequently. Hit the pool? Wash my hair. Go on an excursion? Come home, and wash my hair. Walk around for 5 minutes in the hot sun? Wash my hair. Just kidding, but you see my point. The haircare I brought on holiday was the Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo, and the last of my REDavid Conditioner (which I need to get more of, asap!)

Dry Shampoo:

To cut down on the amount I was my hair when I am away, I always pack a dry shampoo. While this isn’t a total fix-all, it can help prolong your hairstyle so you can wait an extra day to wash your hair. I find dry shampoo especially convenient to have around in case I am running late for dinner after a busy day. Rather than wash my hair, I’ll add a bit of dry shampoo to it, put it up, and be good to go. My particular favourite dry shampoos are Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Batiste Dry Shampoo.

HYDRATE:

Hair Masque:

When on a tropical vacation, my hair always needs a bit more TLC. The sun, the pool, the increased amount of washes all lead to my hair feeling a bit drier and damaged than it usually does. That’s why I always pack a deep conditioner or two to use during my holiday. Typically, I’ll use this 1-2 per week when I am away. I brought the Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask (one of my all time faves!) on holiday and used it about 2 times throughout the week.

Hair Balm or Leave-in Conditioner:

To add a bit more moisture into my hair after I shower, I use a hair balm or leave-in conditioner. Otherwise, because my hair is feeling more damaged and dry, it will become more tangled and unmanageable. A leave-in product just helps to keep your hair look and feel smooth and healthy. I did bring my Matrix Leave In Conditioner on the trip, and I really love it, but I haven’t been able to find it in store or online since purchasing it – so sad!

SMOOTH:

Serum or Oil:

One product I use after I wash my hair, once it’s dry and styled, and throughout the day, is a serum or hair oil. My hair gets really frizzy and frayed looking when it’s damaged so a serum or oil helps smooth out my hair, specifically my hair ends, to appear healthier and softer. I use this about 1-3 times a day depending on how dry it’s feeling. The serum I brought on holiday was the REDavid Orchid Oil Serum – it’s seriously the best serum!

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27 Comments

  1. June 19, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    I rarely go anywhere without my Batiste dry shampoo!

  2. June 19, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    I am so happy I decided to try that Batiste dry shampoo, is the best!

  3. Allie*
    June 19, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    Great list! I have frizzy hair too and it needs all the help it can get.
    My favourite product is Macadamian Repair Masque! I am interested to try Loreal for a less expensive option and also the leave in ION you suggested

    • July 18, 2013 / 4:22 am

      Frizzy hair is the worst eh?! so annoying! Macadamia nut products are amazing – smooth out my wild hair!

  4. June 19, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    Batiste dry shampoo is the greatest–can't live without it during the summer months!

  5. June 19, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    I love dry shampoo- I'll have to try this one out…

  6. June 20, 2013 / 12:09 am

    I really want to try that macadamia hair masque, it looks good! And I will try that dry shampoo because I really don't like the one I have. Great review! 🙂

    • July 18, 2013 / 4:25 am

      Totally try it, it's seriously fantastic! This dry shampoo is really great, definitely my favourite that I've tried.

  7. June 20, 2013 / 1:42 am

    Awesome post Bree! I really like these travel posts you're doing! Batiste is so great, I really love the Blush one! They are such great dry shampoos, such a holy grail 🙂

    xo aly

  8. June 20, 2013 / 5:31 am

    I've been really wanting to try the Batiste Dry Shampoo, all I've heard are great things about it (:

    • July 18, 2013 / 4:27 am

      It's pretty darn awesome, but since you're brunette make sure you get the one specified for brunettes – the other has a serious white-cast to it!

  9. June 21, 2013 / 11:35 pm

    Love your list, its really versatile and usable! I really want to try the dry shampoo, sounds like a great travel idea. I appreciate your kind words over at mine 🙂

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