If you have any vacations planned this year, then you know how challenging it can be to fit everything you’d like to bring with you into one suitcase. From floral dresses to strappy sandals to denim shorts, chances are you’ve got a lot of clothes and shoes to stuff into your bag. And the same might go for your beauty products. After all, can you really leave home without packing your entire makeup bag and your complete skin care and hair care product regimens? Now, you don’t need to stuff every single beauty product you own into your suitcase—that would certainly be overkill, right? Really, it’s all about being strategic and taking a few key items that will allow you not to sacrifice your beauty look. Today, we’re here to focus on the essential hair care products you should pack when you travel. Consider this your checklist!
1. SYSTEM OF SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
If you're traveling for more than a quick overnight trip, chances are you’re going to have to wash your hair while you’re away from home. While there may be shampoo and conditioner available where you're staying, it won't necessarily suit your hair type. Play it safe and pack a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair’s specific needs. Choose from the options below.
If you have oily roots…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. Pair these with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask.
If you have color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner. Pair these with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm.
If you have blonde, color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner. Pair these with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
Editor’s note: Don’t have room in your suitcase for your full shampoo and conditioner? Not a problem, pick up a set of travel-sized containers and transfer your favorites into them. You can apply this tip to just about any product you don’t want to do without during your vacay!
2. WAVE SPRAY
There’s no hairstyle that screams summer quite like beachy waves do. And thankfully, you don’t need any heat tools to get this look while you’re jet-setting. All you have to do is spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair, braid your hair, then undo the braid once your hair has dried. So easy—and no trip to the ocean required.
Give your mane some volume with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse. Shake the can well, and hold it upside down to dispense the mousse into your palm. Apply it to clean, damp hair, evenly distributing it from root to ends. Style your hair as usual—whether that’s allowing your strands to air dry or opting to blow-dry them.
4. STYLING CREAM
In case you couldn’t tell by now, we’re all about creating hairstyles sans heat tools on vacation. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream smooths and tames for sleek, silky hair. Apply it to clean, damp hair, evenly distributing from roots to ends using your fingers as your comb—then, you guessed it, let your hair air dry. If you’re in a pinch, you can blow-dry your strands.
If you’re styling your hair into a braided updo for a night out on the town, then you’ll need hairspray to help keep your style in place. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold or the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray. (Here’s How to Use Hairspray Like a Pro.)
6. DRY SHAMPOO
Roots looking a little oily? Say hello to dry shampoo. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo for normal to oily hair helps instantly refresh your strands. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your hair, spray it directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair to absorb oil, then brush through.
7. HEAT PROTECTANT
Ready to pick up your flat iron? Not before you apply a heat protectant! Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray to damp hair from roots to ends, then comb through and straighten away.
8. ROOT COVER UP
Let’s say you notice a few gray roots growing in while you’re away from home. Ugh, what are you supposed to do when your colorist isn’t nearby and you don’t want to color your hair in the hotel bathroom? The good news is, you can temporarily hide gray roots with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, available in a variety of blonde, brown, red, and black shades. The lightweight spray dries quickly, doesn’t leave any residue, and lasts for one shampoo. To use, shake the can well and hold it four to six inches away from your hair. Spray color onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color.
Another option? Pop the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen into your travel bag! This temporary gray concealer can touch up roots and grays in a flash. Rotate the bottom to dispense product, lightly dab onto hair, and allow it to dry for one minute. Done!
4 TRAVEL HAIR CARE TIPS
Now that you have a sense of the best hair care products to stash in your suitcase, make sure you’re prepared to care for your mane while you’re on vacation. Follow these travel hair care tips below!
1. Don’t forget about bobby pins, hair elastics, brushes, combs, and heat tools
If you’re vacationing somewhere warm, it may be more comfortable to keep your hair up and off your neck. In that case, make sure to travel with bobby pins and hair ties so that you can style your hair into pretty buns, ponytails, or braids. Of course, sometimes, you may want to leave your locks down and heat style your hair. If you think that’ll be the case, pack whatever heat tools, such as a curling wand or a flat iron, you think you’ll need. Finally, you may want to consider stowing a brush and a comb in your bag as well to help work through any tangles that might appear after a dip in the hotel pool.
2. Throw on a broad-brimmed hat
Planning to spend time in the sun? Wear a broad-brimmed hat—not only is this a stylish way to cover your hair, but it’s also a sun protection measure. (Remember to also wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating, seek shade, and cover up any other exposed areas in pants, long sleeves, and UV-blocking sunglasses.)
3. Take time to cleanse and condition
Of course, you likely have a pretty busy vacation itinerary planned—but that doesn’t mean you should ditch your hair care routine. Don’t cut things short by just shampooing in the shower—make sure to cleanse and condition to help keep your hair looking and feeling its best. Remember, you brought those products with you for a reason! When you do wash your hair, do so in lukewarm water, as hot water can strip your strands of essential oils.
4. Brush up on your braiding technique
If you’re like us, then you’re probably planning on taking a few selfies on your trip. So, why not show off a gorgeous braided hairstyle? Whether you create a fishtail, Dutch, French, or traditional braid, there are plenty of options. Need some inspiration? Check out Our Easy Fishtail Braid Tutorial—whether you decide to wear it for a dinner with your S.O. or a day at the beach, it’s one versatile style that works for just about every situation. While fishtails might look fancy, as you’ll learn from our tutorial, they’re actually not that difficult to create.
Now that you have a better idea of the right hair care products to store in your suitcase, consult our articles Beauty Off Duty: 7 Skin Care Products to Pack for a Tropical Getaway and How to Pack Your Makeup When You Travel to become a packing pro.
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