If you have naturally curly hair like I do, you know how ridiculous it can be at all times of the year. My hair ranges from a super poofy lion’s mane to “omg, I can’t believe I’m so lucky to have this curl” to “I really look like I rolled out of bed, but I swear I spent time on this.” For a long time, I tried to fight the curl with my flat iron and trusty flat iron spray. This past year, I’ve embraced my curls though, and today I’m giving you a list of my curly hair travel essentials!
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My Travel Hair Strategy
I make sure I wash my hair the morning or night before we leave. I’ve found my curls just don’t like to look cute when I try to style them day-of. I style my hair the morning before our flight or we set out on our trip. If we are on an international flight or a long (6+ hours) road trip, all bets are off and it’s in a bun or ponytail.
I normally take only one hair appliance with me when we go on a trip. Since my hair is naturally curly, it’s easier to reach for the curling iron. If I blow dry my hair, it will not hold curl to save my life (weird, I know) so I tend to not do that.
Favorite Curly Hair Travel Products
Here are some of my favorite products to use while we are traveling:
Salt Spray by Not Your Mother’s
I’ve tried several and this is my very favorite. You can find it in travel sizes at your local drug store too so that is a bonus. It really brings the curl out in my hair without the frizz or poof that mousse does.
You need a really solid hair spray that is somewhat flexible in order to tame those waves while you’re out and about. I particularly love this hairspray.
Coconut Curl Cream by OGX
Sometimes I would rather use a cream-type product. I love this one because it really does tame the frizz that comes having naturally curly hair. And bonus – it smells amazing!!
Dry Shampoo by Batiste
Of course, you need a good dry shampoo to keep your hair grease-free and to extend your style! My favorite is this one. I tried another brand recently and it sucked, so I need to learn to stick with Batiste!! (Also, if you have very dark hair, they have a dark hair option too!)
Essential Curly Hair Travel Headwear
Here are my favorite ways to hide my hair when it’s just too big and frizzy:
Headbands have made a comeback recently and I am HERE. FOR. IT. I got one as a gift. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I actually love them. They tame my hair and it keeps it out of my face, which is the most important part to me when I travel. These are sooo cute – *adds to cart* – I’m getting them ASAP. The one I’m wearing above is from a local boutique, but these are similar! I wore this one on our most recent trip to New Orleans.
When in doubt, throw your hair into a bun. I have not perfected the messy bun, but I had a really good one going that I LIVED for while we were in Paris. There are only a few photos of me with my hair down because it was just too hot and I couldn’t handle it on my neck. I use these hair ties for this bun, they are my absolutely favorites!!
Another option is to get a cute travel hat. I used this one a few different times on our Paris trip last summer. When I went to Florida a few years ago, I found a super cute hat at Maurices that was perfect for the beach.
And last but not least, if it comes down to it and your hair is just completely WHACK, put your hair in a bun AND use a hat!! I also did this in Florida because humidity (see above).