How To Ensure You Don’t Have A Bad Hair Day On Your Next Flight
Flying can be glamorous, and also arduous at times – but there are some easy ways to ensure your hair looks almost salon fresh when you arrive at your destination.
You’ve perfected your on-board skincare game, but what about your tresses? Often overlooked, a pre-departure, on-board and post-flight hair care regime is essential for keeping your hair healthy, and to look fabulous every step of the way.
From hydration, to the right products and accessories, you can emerge almost salon-fresh after a long trip.
Travel Hair Care Tips
Hydrate And Moisturise
Marathon plane rides can do a number on us physically. The plane environment is harsh and unforgiving on your strands – lacking clean, fresh air. The low humidity point creates a moisture vanishing act that leaves your hair dry, listless and flat and even frizzy.
Prepare for your flight by washing your hair the day before, applying a leave-in conditioner or hair mask to thoroughly condition your ends. When dry, lock this moisture in with a nourishing serum or hair oil so that your hair doesn’t become brittle.
Also ensure you drink plenty of water during the flight to stay hydrated from within. This will prevent a dry and itchy scalp, which is the last thing you’ll want if you’re going to be on board for a long period of time.
Some Products For Flying (they have smaller sizes):
This divine honey infused leave-in conditioner by Gisou is a lightweight and versatile spray designed to condition your hair. It’s loaded with Mirsalehi Honey to hydrate, smooth, detangle and protect hair from heat damage, pollution and breakage. This nourishing cocktail pampers your hair, leaving it supple and silky, and its rich, sweet fragrance is feminine and fresh.
Olaplex’s No.7 Bonding Oil takes your hair to the next level, enhancing shine while rescuing and rejuvenating damaged and weakened hair. And that’s not all – No.7 also works its magic to reduce any pesky flyaways and that annoying frizz. But beware, it will flatten your hair, especially if your hair type is fine.
Avoid Tight Hairstyles
However tempting it may be to pull up your hair tightly, we’d strongly advise against it. Ponytails, buns and other tight hairstyles increase tension in the hair, making it more prone to breakage (especially if your hair already needs TLC from the cabin’s stale air!).
To avoid stress on your hair follicles, leaving your hair down or putting it in a loose braid is a great solution. Using a soft hair-tie is key to minimise any strands getting ripped out.
If you need some extra volume when you arrive at your destination, spritzing a texturising spray or dry shampoo at your roots will reinvigorate your hair.
These scrunchies from Slip are made of 100% silk, designed to prevent any creases and dents in your hair when taking them out.
This texturising spray from Ouai is part hairspray, part dry shampoo, and completely game-changing, creating impressive volume and texture on even the flattest of hair. Free from talc, it’s full of volcanic minerals that absorb oil, ensuring your hair stays voluminous and lively.
Strands Of Silk
Silk can play a crucial role in maintaining hair health, as it minimises friction and ensures your hair retains its moisture while you rest. Its non-absorbent properties also complement your hair care regime by allowing products to stay and sink into your hair.
A silk head scarf can shield your hair from the friction of the aeroplane seat, which could otherwise lead to pesky split ends and unruly frizz. Bringing a silk pillowcase in First or Business class can ensure that your hair remains sleek and smooth during the whole trip.
This hair turban from Slip is crafted with a double layer of silk – incorporating a twist detail and elastic to accommodate various head sizes.
Bring A Scent
Hair is super porous, so it can soak up a mix of scents, which is why your hair can smell funny post-flight. This can be combated by bringing along a small bottle of your favourite non-alcoholic hair fragrance. Be wary of using perfume on your hair though, as fragrance commonly contains alcohol which can be more drying for your tresses. Opt for a hair-specific scent that can give you the illusion of freshly washed hair until hotel check in!
This hair mist by Maison Francis Kurkdjian has the same romantic, woody scent as its signature Baccarat Rouge 540. Made without alcohol, this scent perfumes your locks delicately and adds a healthy sheen without weighing down your hair.
Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia Hair Mist is feminine, elegant and fresh, containing argan kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5 to give your hair a beautiful shine.
Happy flying, and even happier hair days!