Travel in Style: How to Take Great Hair With You

Travel season is here, and if a vacation is in your future, maybe it's time to leave your more complicated daily hairstyling routine at home. With just a few simple tips, having fabulous, photo-ready vacation hair is easy—no matter where you plan to roam.


Pack smart

Hair product companies have recognized how air travel regulations make packing complicated and have responded by offering their products in TSA-approved sizes. Many professional product companies even label their travel bottles with an airplane icon so you know the size is acceptable to pack in your carry-on bag. These mini bottles are also perfect for road trips, camping, or trips to the cabin because they won’t hog precious space in your suitcase or duffel bag. Make stopping by your local SmartStyle a pre-travel priority. Most salons carry a perfect-for-your-trip selection of travel-sized products.

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Be prepared

While it’s common for hotels to have a small wall-mounted blow dryer in bathrooms, they’re often a poor quality that easily overheat and can damage your hair. Instead of gambling on the hotel hair dryer, bring a tool you trust, like your own professional, travel-size hairdryer, curling iron, or flat iron.  


Don’t overheat

If your summer travel is taking you overseas where electrical converters are needed, use a lower temp on your hot tools. International travelers have encountered issues with their tools overheating and severely damaging hair, so be cautious when plugging your tools into a converter.


Moisturizing at 30,000 feet

When you’re on the plane, take a quick break, and spritz on Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist to keep your skin and hair from getting dry and itchy.


Keep it simple

Get out the door fast and make the most of your vacation by keeping your hair regimen quick and easy. Using dry shampoos like Biolage Clean and Full Dry Shampoo or Sexy Hair Style Sexy Hair H2NO Dry Shampoo will stretch your style for 2 or 3 days. Or create a wash-and-go beachy wave look by applying Redken Beach Envy Wave Aid onto damp hair. If you do want to blow dry, first apply Paul Mitchell Quick Slip and it’ll speed up the dry time. Multi-tasking products like Big Sexy Hair Silk Finish Featherweight Serum or It's a 10 Leave-In Spray offer great benefits and eliminate the need to pack multiple styling products.

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