There are loads of things to think about when traveling, and looking after your hair might seem pretty far down the list. But think about it – do you really want out-of-control frizz, greasy roots or patchy colour ruining those traveling pics? Whether you’re interrailing for three weeks or heading off on a full blown gap year, these tips will keep your hair looking as Insta-worthy as those sights.
Get a low maintenance colour
If you regularly get your roots touched up, you might want to re-think your hair colour before setting off on a six-month-long adventure. Finding a colourist you trust while away could be a challenge; plus, a full head of highlights isn’t always doable on a backpacker’s budget. Before your trip, pop into your local salon and ask about your colour options and whether you can opt for a full head of highlights or whether it’s best for a more subtle ombre or balayage. The latter two methods usually leave your hair darker or natural looking at the root, meaning that it still looks great as it starts to grow out. So what are you waiting for? Find your local Supercuts salon and opt for one of our affordable Colour Packages that will get your locks travel-ready.
Prepare for the weather
If you’re travelling somewhere with a much different climate to the UK, (so really anywhere with more than 2 weeks worth of summer) then it’s important to pack some products that will keep your hair in great shape whatever the weather. If you’re visiting hot countries, bear in mind that your hair needs protection from the sun just as much as your skin does, so be sure to cover your head with a scarf or hat for some of the day. If you’re heading to colder climates, you could find yourself suffering from a dry scalp; having some deep conditioning treatments on hand can help keep your scalp and hair feeling great.
Stock up on dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is a no-brainer when travelling, as it instantly banishes greasy roots and leaves your hair feeling fresh. But did you know that it’s also amazing for adding tousled texture through the lengths of your hair? Our stylists recommend TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Dry Shampoo for an impressive lift at the roots as well as leaving your hair feeling fresh, with loads of bounce and texture. Perfect if your hair’s feeling flat after a night on the sleeper train!
Master some easy hairstyles
If you’ve got long hair, then you’re probably not going to want to wear it down all the time. Whether you’re fighting the humidity or need your hair off your face for a hike, there are so many styles you can experiment with that are cuter than the basic ponytail. Before you go, try to become a dab hand at a few simple travel-friendly styles – braids and double buns are our winners! Check out our YouTube channel for easy-to-follow tutorials and inspiration.
Choose your electricals wisely
Some people will say that hair tools aren’t essential, but if you can fit them in your luggage and have a travel adaptor then why not? The ghd Flight hairdryer has been specifically designed for travelling, being lightweight, small and foldable. A must-have for any style-conscious jetsetter, the ghd Flight also comes with a coordinating travel bag for added ease. All of the ghd stylers also have universal voltage, meaning you can use them wherever you are in the world and get the same amazing results you would expect at home. The contoured edges of the plates also mean you can create waves, curls and straight styles with the same tool, saving you precious space in your bag.
Don’t forget to take these backpacking beauty tips away with you and you’ll be ready to slay those selfies in every continent! For more hair tips and advice straight to your inbox, you can sign up to our Newsletter.