Much like your hand luggage, your hair goes through a lot when you travel. Breaking from your normal routine and exposing it to very different elements can take a toll on your hair. We asked our scientist and some frequent travelers some the hair troubles they experience while flying. Here a few tips to help maintain healthy hair during your travels.
Flight Attendants, Prepare For Takeoff!
Pack travel sized items of your favorite products currently in your hair routine in your carry-on to maintain hair during your travels. If you can’t find travel sized items, you can also fill plastic travel containers and take it with you on the airplane. This way, you don’t have to part with your favorite products and it’s convenient!
Frequent flyer Tip 1: Moisturize hair during your flight
Hair strands can get really dried out during a flight. The air is arid and the humidity is low – leading to dry hair and static. To combat, try this: before the flight add a little bit of conditioner to your palms to emulsify and apply to hair. This gives a protective barrier to your hair and prevents the moisture from leaving your strands. Even better if you put your hair in a bun or updo!
Frequent flyer Tip 2: Oily roots? Use a dry shampoo!
Dry shampoos are great for cleaning hair when you just don’t have the time for a traditional shampoo. It’s the easiest way to get rid of dirt and oil and gives your hair life without using water. And best of all, it saves time! Opt for a volume boosting dry shampoo to put some movement back in after sitting for so long.
The sun and sea salt water from the beach can leave hair feeling dry and even crunchy, leading to split ends and brittle, damaged hair. It’s important to take care of your hair as you would your skin.
To avoid exposure to the sun, wear a hat or pin hair up in a cute bun to avoid excess sun exposure and contact with the water. Using a thermal protectant such as NIUCOCO’s Renewing Serum to keep hair protected from the heat is also a great idea! It also tames frizz. BONUS: it’s small enough to pack in your carry on! Here are some pre and post-beach tips to protect and replenish hair from the drying effects of salt water:
Wet hair with fresh water before exposing it to the salt water. Hair is porous, so saturating it with fresh water will slow down the absorption of salt water. Treat your hair prior to exposing it to the salt water by coating strands and scalp with a little bit of coconut oil. The oil will repel some of the salt water and will also keep hair moisturized. Remember to only use extra virgin, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil for maximum purity.
Shampoo and condition hair right after exposure to the water, so that sea salt is removed from hair and strands can be revived. We recommend NIUCOCO’s Hydrating Shampoo to cleanse hair without over stripping the hair’s natural oils followed by NIUCOCO’s Smoothing Conditioner to add softness and shine to hair.
While traveling, if hair becomes extremely dry, the best way to remedy it is to add moisture by using an oil treatment. Coconut oil is a superfood and one of its many amazing properties is to replenish dry strands. It is one of the only oils that has been scientifically proven to penetrate strands, thereby adding strength to damaged hair. To apply it, liberally coat strands with coconut oil and let it sit for 2 hours to overnight. Shampoo and condition for healthy and moisturized hair. Repeat oil treatments on a weekly basis until hair is back to healthy.