Getting the chance to travel, whether on a two-week beach break or a backpacking trip across Europe, is an incredible way to bask in new experiences and new places. However, it’s far too easy to get wrapped up in the adventure and let our hair suffer in the process. Whether you’ve experienced the success of a hair transplant and want to take care of your new locks, or you just want to keep your current hair in the best possible condition as you travel, we’ve put together a quick guide to help.
Skip The Free Shampoo
Free miniature shampoo, body washes and soaps are a welcome treat when we travel, but they aren’t necessarily the best for our hair and skin. While cheaper doesn’t always mean worse, these shampoos don’t often offer much in terms of nourishment for our hair and in some cases, they can even be harsh on our locks. If you’ve forgotten or forgone your own travel-sized products, giving your roots a quick wash with the miniatures can help protect the more delicate ends yet give you fresh hair until you can pick up some kinder products.
Bring A Good Conditioner
One thing that hotel rooms don’t usually offer is a conditioner, so you’ll have to bring your own, even if you choose to use their shampoo. By utilising conditioner as you wash your hair, you can help to nourish and replenish your hair after a long day spent sunbathing or exploring. It can also act as a form of protection against the next day’s challenges, all while giving you shinier, sleeker hair.
Protect Your Hair!
If you’re holidaying in the sun, whether it’s a beach break, a city escape or something else entirely, you’ll need to make sure your hair is protected. While conditioner can go some way to protecting your scalp and hair, investing in a travel-sized sun-protectant will go a long way. Re-apply regularly, particularly if you are swimming, and wear a hat on days when the heat is really beating down.
Speaking of swimming — protecting your hair from chlorine is just as important. Chlorine can strip away the natural oils in your hair, resulting in dry, brittle and tangled hair. To prevent this, soak your hair in clean, unchlorinated water first, and even apply a leave-in conditioner for extra protection. Make sure you’re washing your hair with a good shampoo after swimming too, to get the chlorine out of your hair and scalp, and allow it to return to its natural oil production.
Brush At Least 1-2 Times A Week
You’d be surprised just how many of us forget to brush our hair when we’re travelling. The ease of throwing it up into a bun or braid can make it simple to skip the hairbrush, but this could actually be doing more harm than good. Unbrushed hair is vulnerable and more prone to breaking, especially when you do come to brush it out and are faced with knots, frizz and tangles. By brushing your hair every day if you can, you can prevent this from happening — even just once or twice a week can help to reduce the damage caused by tangling.
Looking after our hair when we’re travelling doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By simply keeping up with haircare routines, from shampooing with your usual product to brushing every day, you can ensure your hair remains in top shape throughout your entire trip.