Finally, it’s time for your holiday!! Your tickets are booked, itinerary set, your bags are packed, filled with your carefully curated looks and outfit combinations that are Insta-ready. After the mad dash of pre-holiday beauty prep, you’re finally “holiday-ready” and on your way, a glass of chilled Champagne in hand, with a fresh blowout to boot.
You land, ready to relax at your beautiful destination, but your hair is looking anything but! Why is it so hard to travel with perfectly coiffed, beautifully conditioned hair when you’re on holiday? And don’t even get us started on the post-holiday hair blues after your trip!
Well no more, here are our top insider hair care and styling tips that top stylists, models and celebrities use, for fabulous holiday hair that will take you effortlessly from the red-eye to the red carpet.
Your hair’s ultimate travel guide
1. Plan ahead
The first hair tip is: Before you whisk yourself away, treat your hair to a spa visit to your hairdresser first.
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Go for a healthy trim; damaged hair only gets worse in extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Or if you’re feeling bold, take this opportunity to switch up your style with a textured cut that creates movement and bounce on otherwise lifeless hair, for that effortlessly tousled look that styles in no time.
Now that your haircut is pre-trip perfection, lock in the moisture with a deep conditioning treatment before you subject your beautiful tresses to the onslaught of holiday extremes. Finish off with a professional blowout, and you’re all set!
If you’re tempted to color your hair before you set sail, make sure you do it at least a fortnight beforehand, particularly if you plan to spend your holiday sipping margaritas by the pool. Don’t forget to pack a finishing serum with UV and color-protecting functions to prevent sun fade and damage to your hair.
2. Moisture up
Travelling, particularly flying, can turn your sultry locks dry, full of static, not to mention flat or poofy hair before you can say “Are we there yet?”. To fight with this air dry effect, work through a little hair serum to smooth your hair, add a little shine and get that frizz under control before you leave the plane. The Iles Formula Haute Performance Finishing Serum comes with an added bonus of UV protection + protection against Color Fade and humidity not to forget to mention the lovely scent of fresh white flowers, an instant post-flight pick-me-up.
3. Fight the frizz
Prone to fly-aways? Learn from the super-glam Hollywood movie stars of the Golden Age of Glamor: Channel your inner Marilyn and wrap your hair in a silk scarf to create a barrier between your hair and the static-inducing headrest. Not only will you look polished and stylish on your journey, but the silk scarf will also protect your hair from the friction between your locks and the headrest.
If your hair flattens out with flying, work some nourishing finishing serum through your mid-lengths and ends to calm any frizz then loosely twist your hair up into a bun with a soft hair tie. When you’re about to arrive, remove the tie and tousle your hair with your fingers for soft, silky smooth, and luscious hair that is paparazzi-ready.
Holidays are a great time to give your stressed tresses a little holiday too. Embrace the holiday spirit and leave your straighteners and heating tongs at home, giving you more time for fun and extra suitcase real estate for that extra pair of shoes! In tip 7, we’ll share our top holiday-friendly hairstyles that are easy, fabulous and don’t require an arsenal of hair-styling tools
5. Sun protection
Usually, you pack the sunscreen onto your face to avoid getting sunburn or skin cancer. And you wear sunglasses protecting your eyes. But what about your hair? Your hair needs sun protection too. Our nutrient-rich but lightweight hair serum that contains UV and color fade protection will guard your hair from the sun, sea salt and chlorine. Before you head out, apply a small amount through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair and comb it through with a wide-toothed comb. After applying the serum, put your hair up, so when the evening rolls around, it’s as simple as undo, tousle and go, for organic natural waves.
6. Take care
For all you blonde bombshells out there, take extra care to protect your color when travelling. Sun, chlorine and different water qualities can soon turn your perfect blonde hair dull, brassy and even green! Using a sulfate-free shampoo and high performance conditioner as well as a protective finishing serum before you head out will help keep your color intact and prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural oils. Be sure to rinse your hair too as soon as you step out of the ocean or pool to limit the damage.
For all of you blonde bombshells out there, take extra care to protect your color when traveling. Sun, chlorine and different water qualities can soon turn your perfect blonde hair dull, brassy and even green! Using a sulfate-free shampoo and high-performance conditioner as well as a protective serum before you head out will help keep your color intact and prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural oils. Be sure to rinse your hair too as soon as you step out of the ocean or pool to limit the damage.
7. Holiday Smart: The Perfect Travel pack
To achieve this look above purchase the Curl Revive Pack, with everything inside one needs to nurture curl, wave and frizz. This pack makes summer holiday hair so easy... it's all inside from the sulfate-free shampoo + deep conditioning + protection serum that gives you extra security against UV, humidity and heat, and the Curl Revive to make your texture look like never before. Oh and a turban towel to remove excess water without disturbing the hairs natural movement, one super accessory for textured hair.
The smaller, the lighter, the better. You simply don’t want to lose precious luggage quota for extra bottles of hair products that you have to lug back home after.
You deserve beautifully nourished, smooth and silky hair with stunning bounce and luster in every pic. So get your hair picture-ready, relax into your trip with the best holiday looks and effortless style, and be the envy of all your friends this summer!