Tuesday, June 25, 2013

¡Buen Viaje! - Travel Essentials Part 2 - Haircare

I have never been a "wash-n-go" kind of girl (I don't think that any of the "and-go" adjectives would ever apply to my beauty routines...), and whenever I have tried to be one, my fine, wavy-if-I-do-nothing-to-it-but-not-"pretty-wavy" hair goes full-force Bon Jovi.  I have a lot of hair, and it requires a lot of work to "tame" it to make it look smooth and frizz free.  Even when I have been stuck without a hair dryer or somewhere with no air conditioner and even the thought of drying my hair made me sweat, I still have had to follow a certain routine to get pretty, air-dried, beachy waves.  Whether I'll be able to "do" my hair or just have to let it dry on its own, here are the products that I always travel with:

 - I bought these 3 oz. sized containers recently at The Container Store, and they seem a bit more sturdy and hopefully leak-proof than your average drugstore travel bottles. (*Always remember to squeeze a little bit out and close the containers with them still "squeezed in" so that they'll have room to expand and not explode at high altitude.  Quito is 9,000 feet above sea level, and I always find one or two casualties of this in my bag.)  The shampoo is Herbal Essences Body Envy, and the conditioner is Giovanni 2Chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra Sleek Conditioner (I have been loving both the shampoo and conditioner from this line lately. They are excellent for smooth, frizz-free hair). And, even though I'm sure these two small bottles will not be enough for my whole stay in Ecuador, one of the things I LOVE to do when I travel is visit the local pharmacies/drugstores and try new products. Yes, I get excited about foreign shampoo, and I'm not ashamed.
 - It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner - I LOVE this leave-in conditioner!  I can't remember off the top of my head all of the "10" things it does, but I can tell you that it leaves my hair soft and frizz-free and also serves as a heat protectant.
 - The Wet Brush - You need this brush!  It glides through wet hair of any texture so easily, and it's also good for brushing/styling your hair after you have dried it.  I found it to be much better than the famous Tangle Teaser, too.  It's the only hair brush that I'm bringing on this trip, as a matter of fact.

- GHD straightening iron - This is the most expensive hair tool I've ever owned, and it is worth every penny!
 - I always take a few velcro rollers with me so that I can create volume at the crown (I straighten each section first, then lightly spray it with hairspray and wrap it around the roller to set while I straighten the bottom layers).  I love velcro rollers.  They're my lazy alternative to round brushing.:)
 - Dry shampoo (I just happen to have this travel-sized bottle of Oscar Blandi, but my favorite dry shampoo is Batiste, which comes in an aerosol spray) for my no-wash days.  I usually wash my hair every other day, unless I get all sporty and sweaty for some reason that day (which hasn't happened much lately...)

 - Mousse (this one is Vidal Sassoon, but any brand will do for me)
 - Travel size spray of Sebastian Shaper hairspray.  Where have I been all these years?  This hairspray is GREAT and has a nice scent and a brushable, flexible hold.
 - Morrocan Oil (transferred to another container that has a pump) - This is an essential finishing touch to ensure that my hair stays frizz-free.

Even if I am somewhere where I let my hair air dry (In hotels on the coast of Ecuador, it is not uncommon for your only source of cool air to be a fan and a steady ocean breeze.), I still use the leave-in conditioner, mousse, and Morroccan oil to help my hair dry into beachy waves.

One last essential that is not pictured in this post is this nifty little ionic travel hair dryer that I picked up at Sally's today.   I have no tolerance for wimpy hotel hair dryers and their slow-drying ways.  

What are your travel essentials for hair?  Have you found any great travel-size hair styling tools or containers?

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