When travelling, we'd all love to look like that fabulous celebrity this time of the year, waltzing through airports with perfect hair, an impeccably tailored outfit, and those ever-present sunglasses, but the reality is different for many of us. For those who have to travel over the holidays between trains, planes, and automobiles, your hair can often be neglected. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, or Chinese New Year around November, December, and January (or a combination), I'm sure you'd rather not have to put your hair into the ubiquitous 'messy bun', calling it a day; we'd all love to turn up to that Turkey Curry Buffet with gorgeous, hydrated, glowing, and envious locks. For amazing hair over the holidays, let's take a look at some hair care hacks for travelling.
Water promotes cardiovascular health and maintains the function of all of your body's systems, including the brain, heart, and muscles. Water also carries much-needed nutrients to your cells, flushes bacteria from your bladder, and prevents constipation--definitely not something you want when you're visiting your Aunt Susie and she's going through a slide show of their summer trip to Saint Tropez.
If you want amazing hair when travelling, you need to keep your body healthy, especially over the holidays when people are more prone to illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods, packed with essential nutrients.
Over the holidays, we often reach for the hairdryer, the flat iron, and the curling iron which can be damaging to your hair. But don't worry! We have just the thing that protects your precious hair from damage and reverses previous heat damage. Our On the Glow Travel Set includes everything you need to protect your hair from heat, rescue it (if you need it), and soften your hair, for that lovely holiday glow. The set is perfect for when you're going through airport security and even includes a handy travel pouch and comb. Plus, the hair serum will keep your hair shiny and healthy and protect it from all those times you'll style it over the holidays.
When you're on the go or out for a walk with family, you'll potentially want to put your hair up in a plaited or braided hairstyle, pin up some curls for later (only if you're driving and no one will see you), or tie your hair back in a loose ponytail. An easy hairstyle will keep your hair out of your face so you won't touch it or add extra oil and it will keep it looking nice for your evening events or meals.
If you need some inspiration, here are some videos on how to style your hair for travel.
If your hair is looking a little lacklustre, you can rescue your hair with our Hair Rescue Travel Set which includes a travel pouch, our beautiful wooden comb that's great for your hair's health, our Superfood Recovery Shampoo, Anti Pollution Protein Treatment, and our Sunday Detox Exfoliating Shampoo. You will have everything you need to keep your hair healthy.
Use the recovery shampoo or exfoliating shampoo to clean debris, dirt, and oil from your scalp and add the pollution treatment to protect your hair from the elements. Then tie it up, protected and ready to be styled later.
To keep the natural oils distributed throughout your hair strands and remove the loose hair (we lose about 100 hairs per day--eek!), you'll want to keep your hair brushed. If you want to keep your ends perfectly moisturised, we have our Abyssinian Oil Hair Serum that adds lightweight shine and treats split ends (among lots of other benefits). Brushing your hair daily or twice daily will keep your hair healthy and luminous for all holiday occasions.
Most people know that you aren't supposed to wash your hair daily. (Although, our products are so amazing and nourishing you can wash your hair daily if you want.) But, as a general rule, it's best to leave your hair between washes as it will improve your hair's health, especially if washing daily means you'll apply harsh products or heat style more often.
Most shampoos contain harsh chemicals that strip the hair's natural oils, drying out and damaging hair--causing it to look dull and drab. We recommend washing your hair with our anti-pollution wash to remove any bacteria from the scalp and protecting your hair with our Abyssinian Oil Serum to condition your hair deeply, lock in moisture, and create a healthy shine. If you want to read all about the benefits of Abyssinian oil, read our blog post 'What is Abyssinian oil and what are the benefits?' here.
Many hair products can build up on the scalp and cause hair to be heavy and limp so it's important not to let products build up on the scalp as it makes your hair unhealthy. Of course, Abyssinian oil is lightweight, natural, and naturally anti-bacterial and doesn't cause damaging build-up, but if you're combining our products with others, ensure that you take care of your hair or eliminate these products from daily use.
Before you pack, consider a rejuvenating hair treatment. Our Abyssinian Oil Hair Mask nourishes, repairs, and hydrates hair, causing a natural glow. It is safe on colour as well as sulfate, phosphate, and paraben-free. The treatment is lightweight with a concentrate of silk proteins to get your hair ready for travel.
When you're packing all of those presents, you may not have room for full-size products, especially if you're travelling by plane so make sure to pack the travel-size versions of your favourite products so you're never without them! We recommend our On the Glow Travel Set or our Hair Rescue Travel Set so that you have everything you need to keep your hair healthy over the holidays.
Keep these eight hacks in mind for travelling over the holidays and you'll be sure to have noteworthy hair for all of those family photos. With these tips, you can ensure your holiday focus is about the important things and not how your hair looks--because these products will make it legendary.
Happy holidays from all of us at Abyssinian Haircare. Let us know in the comments which holiday hacks you use!