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If you have any vacations planned this year, then you know how challenging it can be to pack 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 skin care and hair care product regimen? 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 by taking a few key items with you. Today, we’re here to focus on the essential hair care products you should consider packing with you when you travel. Consider this your checklist!
Depending on how long you’re traveling for, chances are you’re going to have to wash your hair while you’re away from home. Pick a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair’s specific needs from the options below.
If you have frizz-prone hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner.
If you have oily roots…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. Pair these with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask.
If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner.
If you have curly hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner.
If you have color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. Pair these with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
If you have blonde, color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
If you have thin hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner.
There’s no hairstyle that screams summer quite like beachy waves do. But 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 has dried. So easy—and no trip to the ocean required.
Enhance your hair’s shape with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body 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. Scrunch your hair and let it air dry. Want added body? Flip your head upside to scrunch.
If you couldn’t tell by now, we’re all about creating hairstyles sans heat tools on vacation. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream adds softness, shine, and hold without weighing hair down. Apply it clean, damp hair, evenly distributing from root to ends using your fingers as your comb—then, you guessed it, let your hair air dry. For added smoothness, apply a small amount to ends when your hair has dried.
If you’re styling your hair into a braided updo for a night out on the town, then you should keep a hairspray on hand 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. (Read our expert advice for using hairspray.)
Roots looking a little oily? Say hello to dry shampoo. The L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo for normal to oily hair helps instantly refresh hair between shampoos. Hold the can 6-8 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.
Ready to pick up that hotel room blow-dryer? Not before you apply a heat protectant! Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out Heatspray to damp hair from roots to ends, then comb through and blow-dry your hair with a round brush and style as usual. If you’re using a flat iron, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray onto your hair beforehand.
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 or 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 4-6 inches away from your hair. Spray color onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color.
Now that you have a sense of what hair care products you’d like to stash in your suitcase, make sure you’re prepared to care of your mane while you’re on vacation. Follow these travel hair care tips below!
1. Don’t forget about the 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 off your neck. In that case, make sure to pack bobby pins and hair ties with you so that you can style your hair into pretty buns, ponytails, or braids. But sometimes, you may want to heat style your hair for a sleek look. 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 or to style your strands while you’re away.
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, 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 to 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 altogether. 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. And 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, you’ve got plenty of options. Need some inspiration? Watch our video tutorial for creating a fishtail ponytail—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 what hair care products to store in your suitcase, consult our skin care travel checklist and our guide to packing makeup for a trip. Plus, here are tutorials for our five favorite vacation hairstyles.