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How to keep your hair looking flawless while traveling!

When you’re planning your vacation it can be difficult to choose which hair products to pack and which to leave behind. Keep reading to learn what products we love and how to keep your hair looking fabulous whether you’re on the road or at the beach. 


First and foremost make sure to bring along your favorite shampoo & conditioner.

Swing by your salon for travel sizes of your favorite products or you can purchase some airline approved bottles from your local drugstore to fill up at home.

Dry Shampoo

For no-wash days or a mid-day refresh, you should make sure to include a dry shampoo on your packing list. Dry shampoo is a versatile product that is excellent for refreshing hair between washes, adding texture and body, and absorbing excess oil. 

We love ReFINISH Dry Shampoo from Arrojo!

Absorbs excess oil, creates texture and volume

Sea Salt Spray

Sea salt sprays help encourage beachy waves and can give your hair some added texture. Similar to a dry shampoo, sea salt sprays also aid in absorbing excess moisture and help give your hair that “second-day” look. 

We love BEACH Day from UNITE and the Wave Mist from Arrojo!

For wet or dry hair, reactivates curl, adds texture & helps with oily hair

Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler

A leave-in conditioner is a must if you will be spending a lot of time in the water on your travels. If you wet your hair and spray in a little conditioner before your swim, it will keep your hair from absorbing as much chlorine, as well as protect it from any damage caused by seawater. Conditioning and detangling products work wonders after a swim as well for combing out tangles damage-free.

We love the 7SECONDS Detangler from UNITE!

Conditions, detangles & protects from heat and UV

Heat/UV Protectant

UV rays are damaging to your hair just like they are damaging to your skin. If you are going to a sunny destination and especially if you have color treated hair, you should make a point to shield your hair from UV damage. A heat protectant is also important if you frequently use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron for styling to prevent future damage to your strands. If you don’t use hot tools and are only looking to protect your hair from the sun, you can purchase sunscreen designed specifically to protect your hair!

We love this SLEEK PERFECTION Thermal Spray Serum from Goldwell Stylesign!

Heat, humidity & UV protection

Styling Cream or Mousse

Since you can’t bring all of your products with you, including some multi-purpose products is key. You’ll never know what the day, or the weather will have in store. Look for something that can be used on dry or wet hair to style, combat frizz, or add hold!

We love this Styling Whip from Arrojo!

For all hair types. Use on damp or dry hair to prevent frizz, add body and moisture


You should consider bringing the following with you for easy styling, sun protection, bad hair days, or no-wash days:

Bobby pins, clips & barrettes

For pesky flyaways and easy styling

Hats & Headscarves

For sun protection and style

Hair ties & Scrunchies

For messy buns, ponytails, and braids galore


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Choosing The Right Shampoo and Conditioner For Your Scalp and Hair Type

With the endless options of hair products lining the aisles of your favorite stores and hair salon’s shelves, it’s easy to choose the wrong ones. Using the wrong hair products in the shower can cause anything from dryness, brittleness and frizz, to weighed down, limp strands.


Shampoo

You should choose your shampoo based on your scalp, and your conditioner based on your ends and hair type.

Shampoo For Dry Scalps

If your scalp tends to be dry or flaky, you should look for a shampoo that will provide moisture and hydration for your scalp. Products labeled as smoothing, hydrating, and moisturizing will help promote beneficial moisture retention for your dry scalp. Try to stay away from fortifying or volumizing products or ones that contain sulfates because they can strip your hair of much needed moisture.

Shampoo For Oily Scalps

In contrast, if your scalp is often oily or greasy, you should steer clear of creamy, hydrating, and moisturizing shampoos because they can add too much moisture and cause your hair to feel worse. Look for labels that mention volumizing, balancing, or strengthening. Introducing a clarifying shampoo to your routine can help cleanse your hair of any product buildup as well as be super helpful for an oily scalp.

Please note that you should not overuse a clarifying shampoo as it can cause your scalp to dry out.

Shampoo For Curly Hair

Curly hair is often drier than straight hair because the texture makes it harder for oils to make their way away from the scalp and down the strands. You should be looking for a shampoo that will smooth, protect, hydrate, and moisturize your hair. Additionally, because of its tendency to dry out, curly hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. Finding an ultra-moisturizing shampoo can help reduce frizz and dryness without weighing down your hair.

Shampoo For Color-Treated Hair

Color treated hair should be treated similarly to curly hair in the sense that it needs products that provide moisture, and protection. Color treated hair, especially if you’re sporting a colorful shade, should only be washed every few days. This is to prevent your color from fading quickly, as well as keep your hair and scalp from drying out.

Conditioner

Conditioner should be applied only to your mid-lengths and ends, not your scalp, especially if your scalp and ends differ in what they need. 

Conditioner for Dry, Damaged or Brittle Hair

It is important to choose a conditioner that will help prevent future damage and aid in repairing any current damage or dryness. It is best to avoid fortifying and strengthening conditioners as they can cause additional breakage. Look for labels that mention balancing, hydrating, smoothing, and moisturizing. Introducing conditioning treatments a few times a month can do wonders for your hair’s health and aid in preventing future damage.

Conditioner for Oily Hair

Try using a lightweight conditioner on your mid-lengths and ends, but you should keep any product away from your roots and scalp. Try to stay away from products that promote hydration and smoothing as they will add too much moisture to your hair and cause it to appear limp. Instead, look for strengthening, volumizing, or balancing. Additionally, a spray-in conditioner is a good, lightweight option for extra oily hair. It won’t weigh the hair down and you can apply it only where needed.

Conditioner for Curly Hair

Because of curly hair’s tendency to become dry, you should look for an extra-moisturizing conditioner to smooth your curls. Be on the lookout for products containing shea butter and oils to help hydrate your strands but be sure to avoid products that contain sulfates as they will dry your hair out further. A good leave-in conditioner can help condition your hair throughout the day to add shine and frizz control. To add even more hydration to your locks, try including a deep conditioning treatment a few times a month to smooth curls and prevent breakage.

Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

If you color or highlight your hair frequently, you should look for a creamy, rich conditioner to moisturize strands and prevent breakage. Be sure to focus on your mid-lengths and ends and seek out products to help moisturize and protect your color. Leave-in conditioners and deep conditioning treatments can provide much needed hydration for drier hair and help keep it soft and healthy.


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The Wide World of Hair Products

All you need to know about different products and how to pick what’s best for your hair type and style!


Clay

Hair clay provides a medium hold that works well for shorter hairstyles adding texture and volume to both thick and fine hair. It has little-to-no shine resulting in a matte finish, so you can achieve a softer, more natural look.

Apply to slightly damp or dry hair.

Cream

Hair creams have low hold and provide moisture, shine, and volume to hair. They are more flexible than a gel or pomade, and work best on medium to long length hairstyles. They help control strands while also acting as a conditioner. Creams function best as a pre-styling product.

Apply to damp hair.

Gel

Hair gel is high hold and high shine. It can be used to achieve a slick, wet look or it can be scrunched out to create soft, defined curls. Gel can be used on a variety of hair lengths, thicknesses and textures, though it does not allow for flexibility in reworking your style throughout the day. It is important to apply gel towards the ends of your strands and keep it away from your roots as it can weigh down fine hair.

Apply to damp or wet hair.

Hairspray

Hairspray is a versatile product that can be used on all hair lengths, thicknesses and textures and can be used both to set a style and achieve volume. Depending on the style you are aiming to achieve, you have lots of different options when choosing your hairspray. It is available in various levels of hold as well as several varieties that can be used at different stages of your hairstyling. Hairspray is available in both aerosol and non-aerosol (in a bottle with a pump-sprayer) varieties.

Working Hairspray

Working hairspray has the least amount of hold. It is build-able and results in a soft, movable finish.

Styling Hairspray

Styling hairspray has a medium hold and can be used to build volume, add texture, and works well for up-dos and curls.

Finishing Hairspray

Finishing Hairspray is high hold, and can be used to lock in your finished style and keep everything in place. This should only be used once you are finished styling, because it does not allow for flexibility.

Flexible-Hold

This light hold hairspray can be used to tame flyaways and won’t weigh down your hair. It works great for longer hairstyles.

Medium-Hold

Medium hold hairspray can add volume and texture without adding too much stiffness.

Maxiumum-Hold

If you want your hair to stay in place throughout the day without much movement, high hold hairsprays are for you. They are a good choice for up-do’s, and slick ponytails.

Apply to dry hair.

Mousse

Mousse provides volume, hold, and definition and can be used on a variety of hair lengths, thicknesses and textures. It is a versatile product that works well for a wide range of styles. Mousse can be applied to damp hair and left to air dry to create a wet look, or blown out to provide volume and hold. If you have curly hair, mousse is a must-have for volume, curl definition and humidity protection.

Apply to damp hair.

Oil

Unlike a serum, hair oil is not meant to be used as a styling product, but as a conditioning/ nourishing treatment for your hair. They help repair split ends, detangle, prevent breakage and work to improve the overall health of your hair. Hair oils will soak into your strands and can be applied to wet hair or used on dry hair as a mask. Make sure to distribute the product evenly throughout your hair.

Apply to dry, damp, or wet hair.

Paste

Hair paste is a versatile product that provides medium hold and medium shine. The consistency is slightly thicker than a pomade and is usually water-based. A paste will provide texture, volume, and flexibility. The more you use, the stronger the hold will be.

Apply to slightly damp or damp hair.

Pomade

Pomade provides a high-shine, wet look with medium-to-high hold. The product does not dry completely after application, so it allows for some flexibility to rework your hairstyle throughout the day. Pomade is best for shorter hairstyles that you want to stay in place and works well with thick hair. There are two types of pomade: oil and water based.

Apply to damp hair.

Serum

Serums are great for treating and protecting hair. They can help shield your hair from humidity and sun damage, prevent frizz and tangles, add shine, and treat dry or damaged strands. Remember that you don’t need a lot of product and that a little goes a long way. It is also important that you keep serums off your roots because it can weigh down your hair. Serums are meant to work as a styling tool, so apply them to your hair before you begin styling your hair.

Apply to wet hair.

Texturizing Spray

Texturizing sprays and sea salt sprays add texture and body to hair and work best on medium to long length hairstyles. The spray can be reapplied and scrunched through hair throughout the day if desired. The salt in most texturizing sprays absorbs oil from hair and helps to create beachy waves.

Use on slightly damp or damp hair.

Wax

Hair wax is a medium hold product that is available in medium shine or matte finishes and work best with straight, short to medium length hair. Waxes are a slightly lighter hold than a pomade, and are more flexible than a gel, allowing flexibility for restyling throughout the day.

Apply to dry hair.


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