8 Carry-On Essentials to Manage Jet-Lagged Hair
Let’s be honest: every travel day is a stressful one. There are just too many factors working against us as we try to make it from point A to point B looking reasonably put together. Drastic time differences, hectic layovers, awful plane static: every trip to the airport seems to suck the life out of our locks, causing a sort of “hair jet-lag”. So if you don’t have an hour to primp and preen post-landing, you’re going to need a little in-flight TLC. Lucky for you, we tracked down the 8 TSA-approved carry-on essentials you need to get that mane looking magical before stepping off of the tarmac.
1. Ouai Anti-Frizz Sheets: $18
Airplane frizz is inescapable. Something about that compressed, recycled cabin air and those vinyl-like seats makes our manes stand on end. LA-based brand Ouai has come up with a simple but ingenious solution to this age old issue: anit-frizz sheets. These compact squares of hemp paper contain coconut oil and shea butter. A few swipes of these on those static-y strands and you’re good to go.
2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray: $17
Flat hair, don’t care. It’s Bumble and Bumble to the rescue with this salt-meets-oil spray. This powerful product contains a mineral complex and a knock-out blend of sea botanicals and tropical oils to give your hair some banging body as well as a dose of much-needed moisture. A must-have for our frequent flyers.
3. R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste: $28
Greasy hair is a persistent post-plane problem for most travelers. Luckily R+Co has the ultimate solution: the Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. At 2.2 ounces, this baby will make it through airport security with ease, unlike other aerosol dry shampoos which run the risk of being discarded by the TSA. R+Co’s innovative formula is effective and easy to apply, a necessary addition to every jet-setter’s carry-on.
4. Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine: $14
Moroccan Oil’s Glimmer Shine Spray is just the thing you need to take those stressed out strands from dull to delightful. Perfect for every hair type, this finishing spray instantly enhances highlights and brightens color. It’s the pick-me-up your mane deserves after hours of airports and ubers.
5. IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm: $15
Thank goodness IGK’s Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm comes in a convenient, carry-on approved, travel size. This leave-in treatment is ideal for prepping those strands at 30,000 feet. Simply apply a small amount of this mega-moisturizing product from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair and let the shea butter and argan oil do the rest.
6. Ouai Dry Texture Foam: $12
Limp hair might be the most annoying side effect of a busy travel schedule. But Ouai’s travel-sized dry texture foam is here to save the day. This groundbreaking formula works wonders. Simply spray a dollop of this creamy mousse-like product into your hands and run it through your dry locks for a serious boost of volume. And unlike other texturizing sprays, this non-aerosol foamy product is completely TSA approved.
7. Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosehip, Argan, and Coconut Oil Blend: $28
This luxurious oil blend is just the thing you need to revive those thirsty travel tresses. This oil blend helps hydrate your strands and control unwanted frizziness by sealing the hair cuticle to unwanted environmental impurities. Ideal for keeping that recycled plane air away from your mane.
8. Ohii Magic Hair Wand: $8
This innovative, pocket-sized product from Urban Outfitters’ newcomer Ohii Beauty works some serious in-flight magic. Just a swipe of this vegan styling gel will keep those brows and flyaways in place. The unique brush applicator is ideal for shaping those pesky wispies and stray eyebrow hairs for a more manageable mane.