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5 Haircare Tips for the Road


Have you shuffled through your friend’s Instagram feed to seek motivation from their holiday looks and wondered how they get their tip-top hairstyle even during travel? Fret not, as the borders are slowly starting to re-open for traveling, travel jitters are common, and we have curated a list of essential tips for haircare before you hit the next travel destination.  

It’s no secret that travel can hamper those beautiful locks of yours. Albeit we all want to look our best while traveling, especially for those Instagram feeds. But more often than not, you might discover a frizzy mane after you’ve boarded the plane!  

Why? Because your hair is exposed to elements such as dirt, sun, humidity, and the various pollutants on the plane or travel destination which are not ideal conditions for hair.

Pixie cut or long hair, black or brown, straight or curly – a trip can be rough on your hairstyle and, ultimately, your hair health. To keep your hair in tip-top shape, follow our top tips below. You know what they say: Prevention is the Key! Do your research and prepare for the best holiday through intelligent planning and make sure you take your essentials – like haircare! 

1. Pay a visit to your hairstylist

An easy-to-maintain yet fashionable hairstyle should be the go-to before you hit the road. 

5-haircare-tips-for-the-roadImage sourced from Iles Formula Pinterest Board 

You don’t want a high-maintenance hairstyle to eat away your time with constant checks on your smartphone camera during your vacation. The trick is to stick to a realistic and comfortable hairstyle that is suitable for your face shape and will look cute and trendy. 

Whether you have a pixie cut, bowl cut, or long hair, a visit to your stylist for a regular trim will keep your look sharp and radiant. 

If your hair is prone to frizz, dryness, and split ends, then before you hit the road we have many salon ambassador salons that feature our Iles Spa Treatment finishing with a super blowout. Check out our locations page to find an Iles Salon stockist near you.  If you don’t have time to make the trip to a salon, consider the Iles Formula Spa Pack – it contains everything one needs for an indulgent spa experience and nourished strengthened hair.   

What’s more? All these products are packaged in a buttery colored vegan faux leather pack that has the look and feel of the finest Italian leather, with a waterproof inside and an extra-strong quality zip – PERFECT for traveling. 


The Iles Formula Spa Pack 

You can explore more inspirational hair trends like the one below on our Iles Formula Pinterest Board. If you like this short haircut, check out our journal post from last week.


          Image sourced from Iles Formula Pinterest Board

2. Pack your hair care essentials

You might not be the ultimate packer, but a little bit of planning beforehand goes a long way. Factors to weigh in before packing include: weather, duration, and space availability are the fundamentals for packing any item.  

For hair, let’s begin with this question: What is on your list of hair accessories that are the most essential?   

Well, this list might vary from person to person depending on your hairstyle, hair length, weather, and so on. Whatever your style may be, remember to tick this off your checklist while packing. You don’t want to walk around on the streets looking for a hairband to tie that ponytail to relieve yourself from the scorching sun. 

Pack haircare, hair styling products, and accessories that enhance smoothness and shine and lockout the humidity. Bobby pins, hair bands, hair clips, and other accessories can help you secure your strands as you like.

If you’re looking to elevate your hairstyle, consider the Iles Formula twillies – it’s the ultimate French girl accessory! They are 100% silk, made in France, and come in three chic designs: PASSIONNÉE, DISTINGUÉE, and FRIVOLE. 

5-haircare-tips-for-the-roadIles Formula Twillies – PASSIONNÉE, DISTINGUÉE, FRIVOLE 

 3. Moisturize those strands

Don’t forget to moisturize your hair when it is needed. Especially before you take off, make sure to treat your hair with a generous amount of moisture and hydration.  

The recirculated air in the plane cabin can snatch away moisture from your hair. Hence, it is advisable to treat your hair with some moisture before the flight. Keep your serum handy so that you can apply it when in need. You don’t want to be rummaging through your luggage for this magical essential during the flight.  

Be mindful of your hair’s moisturizing routine even while you are busy enjoying the hustle-bustle or the tranquil beauty of your favorite travel destinations. Cold weather can suck the moisture out of your hair, whereas extreme humidity can make your hair frizzy. Moisturizing is the way to keep coarse and kinky hair in shape. 

The Iles Formula Hair Mask is just the product you’re looking for. Whether it’s cold or sunny weather, its raw infusion of the best hair oils and vitamins will give your hair a quick boost for a strengthened and nurtured scalp and strands. To ensure that the healthy nutrients are absorbed by your hair, follow up with the Iles Formula Conditioner which is sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free and will seal in the goodness that this mask delivers. 


Iles Formula Hair Mask 

Soften up your tresses with haircare that contains natural ingredients such as argan oil and pracaxi oil and avoid those with sulfates, silicones, parabens, keratin, or protein as this can strip your hair of essential moisture, healthy oils and leave product build-up residue. This product build-up will then weaken your hair’s outer layer, leading to hair breakage and split ends.

4. Don’t let your hair fry

Prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your hair cuticle – the outside cover of the hair strand. UVA and UVB rays are incredibly harmful, causing various kinds of damage such as discoloration, thinning and frizziness, split ends, dry and brittle strands. 

Don’t limit precautionary measures only to the skin; it’s crucial to consider your hair too. Experts recommend the use of hair products with UV filters. 

The Iles Formula   Finishing Serum  and Curl Revive Serums both have UV filters that protect your hair from various sun damage such as color fade and humidity. What’s more? They are THE go-to tool to use when you style your hair with heated tools as they also have heat protection and humidity protection! What more does a girl need really?

 5-haircare-tips-for-the-road  Iles Formula Finishing Serum + Curl Revive

 Extra tip: If you’re close to the equator or going out in the sun for long, use a headscarf or some other accessory to protect those beautiful strands from overexposure to the sun.

5. Care before you dive

Swimming and holidays – these two words can bring instant joy even to a tired soul. Nowadays, many even venture out on exciting swimming trips.  

Chlorinated hair can make your hair more prone to sun damage too and lead to further damage such as frizziness and split ends. 

Make sure to consider these tips when you’re packing to enjoy and look your best without compromising your hair health. 

Holiday packing is a painstaking task – one must ensure that all essentials are carried without adding much weight to the lug. We have a perfect solution for this: Discovery + Travel Kit and Spa Pack. 

The Discovery + Travel Kit contains travel-sized signature Shampoo + Conditioner + Finishing Serum sachets + Conditioner Distribution Comb. 

5-haircare-tips-for-the-roadIles Formula Discovery + Travel Kit


Give these sulfate-free + silicone-free + paraben-free products a try for soft, sumptuous, nurtured hair that also offers instant hair repair. Let it restore your hair’s natural moisture and boost your beautiful locks.  

Want to share a sneak peek of your hairstyle while on holiday? Post a photo of yourself and tag us @ilesformula_hair and #ilesformula. Don’t let the chance to be featured on the Iles Formula Instagram Page go away. 

Want to learn more? visit the Iles Formula Journal’s page for more expert advice on maintaining healthy hair and products that promote growth! 

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