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The Thanksgiving Weekend Hair Survival Guide

Aside from the amazing food, Thanksgiving weekend can be super stressful, especially if you have a lot of family, or live far from home. The airport at Thanksgiving = a nightmare, especially given the circumstances this year. But just because you may or may not have control over your weekend plans doesn’t mean you have to give up control of your hair. And seriously, there’s no reason to wake up on Sunday with a serious hair hangover. Don’t just survive the weekend, own it. Here’s how!

Thanksgiving Hair Guide | Mane Addicts
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Travel Savvy

The cabin air is infamously dry. Avoid dehydrating your strands for the whole weekend with a Mane Addicts’ favorite—the hair mask and braid duo. Slather on your favorite hair mask or hair oil then tuck your hair out of the way and into a braid for the duration of the flight. After a quick rinse upon arrival at your destination, your hair will be moisturized and soft, perfect for a grandma-approved no-fuss style.

Pack Smart

The old hairdryer in the guest bathroom at your parent’s house is going to cause you more headaches than you need. You don’t need that stress in your life, especially with the addition of Drybar’s new Baby Buttercup Dryer. It’s got its own travel bag and packs the power of a serious dryer, the kind that cuts styling time and imparts shine.

When it comes to products, there are a ton of great travel-sized options. For Thanksgiving, we suggest a styling cream or paste to smooth flyaways (like Oribe’s Crème for Style), extra elastics, and a mini dry shampoo for the transition from day to night.

Eat and Drink for Your Hair

This may not be exactly what you want to hear when you’ve been looking forward to home-cooked turkey and stuffing since last year’s meal, but one way to keep your hair from spiraling into chaos is to watch what you eat and drink. Stay hydrated by drinking less alcohol and more water and pack your plate with veggies that contain vitamin C and iron, like spinach. Some seasonal hair-healthy foods? Cinnamon, sweet potatoes, and oats—yum.

Use Protection

We know what you’re thinking, but more often than not you will be outside at some point during the weekend. Protect against the sunshine with products that pack UV protection and tie your hair up so that the wind does dry it out or cause unnecessary tangles and breakage.

Will you be cooking the Thanksgiving feast this year? Wear one of THESE hairstyles that are perfect for your time in the kitchen!


Hey, mane muse! We wanted to give you a heads up that some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that Mane Addicts will collect a small share of the sale from any purchase you make from the products we recommend.


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