8 Pro Hair Hacks from Jetsetting Celeb Stylists
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As the holiday season goes from almost to official, it’s time for many of us to hit the road. Whether we’re visiting relatives, the families of our SO or just heading out of town to see friends, unpredictable winter weather, strenuous travel conditions and minimal packing space is the perfect storm for bad hair. Well, this year we’re helping you keep the elements in check. We tapped some of our fave stylists, known for both jet setting themselves and their always on-the-go clients, to find out the ultimate hair hacks for the holiday traffic travel season.
Change your part on the road
“Whether it’s a car, train or plane seat, your hairstyle can go flat from leaning against it while you travel. For an instant refresh when you arrive, a simple part switch will do the trick,” explains celebrity stylist Laurie Heaps. “Before you leave for your trip, create a deep side part and part your hair the opposite way you wear it normally. Then, mist the area with White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Styling Spray to act as a root lifter. Using the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer: $399.99, lift hair and up and away with a mini round brush for added volume. Jet set off and when you arrive at your destination, brush hair over to the way you normally part your hair. This will perk up your style and give you volume again!”
– Laurie Heaps, celebrity hairstylist
Don’t let the dry shampoo or texture spray stray
Keep your hair looking fresh while traveling with dry shampoo and texture spray. “My favorite products to use are R + Co Dry Shampoo: $30 and Oribe Dry Texture Spray: $22. “Another good trick while traveling is having the Dry Bar Tiny Tress Press Iron: $49 with you. It is so small it can fit in almost any bag, which makes it very convenient. Also t3 curling irons: $160 are amazing because they have interchangeable parts, so you can change them with any size depending on your hair length—they won’t let you down,” he adds.
“Before traveling are get a fresh blow out,” Anthony advises. On day 3 of the blow out use the dry shampoo of your choice and add a sight bend to hair using either a flat iron or curling iron for a lived-in natural, textured wave.”
“Also, depending on your travel time braids are always a good idea. They keep your hair locked in a style for a couple of days.”
– Anthony Holguin, Nine Zero One celebrity stylist
Plan your travel style around your destination
“This is an important topic for those of us that travel for work or for pleasure. I prescribe travel-specific haircare routines, to all of my hair color clients, based on where they’re traveling and what they plan to do while away from home,” says celebrity stylist and brand founder Chad Kenyon. “Swimming in saltwater or chlorine? Be sure to use a “hair-shield” to form a barrier between your hair and saltwater/chlorine. Olaplex N°3 Hair Perfector’s: $28 creamy consistency works really well at safeguarding hair against harsh water and it simultaneously strengthens your hair. The new Olaplex N°4 Conditioner: $28 also works well.
Another precautionary measure is to use a good spray-on hair primer, detangler, and leave-in conditioner (my current favorite is Ouai Leave in Conditioner: $26 before jumping in the water.” If you’re more of a low-maintenance globe trotter, Chad recommends his new line of Tinted Dry Shampoos, available for “lighter tones” or “darker tones. “Both blend in seamlessly with your hair color, absorb impurities, smell divine, and cover grays (a lifesaver when away from your colorist for any period of time).”
Otherwise Chad recommends wearing a cotton hoodie or silk head wrap while on the plane. “Those polyester sandpaper-like airplane pillowcases and upholstery can snag and wreak havoc on the integrity of your hair. Wearing a loose boho-braid with a silk hair tie while jetsetting is practical, protective and stylish. Airplanes and road trips can zap the moisture from hair so a super light or “dry” hair oil such as Oi Oil from Davines: $45 will keep hair hydrated.”
– Chad Kenyon, celebrity stylist and brand founder
Bring your own blowdryer, sleep on silk, stay organized
“I never trust the hotel blowdryers, so I always bring my ghd flight: $99 on a long trip,” says ghd ambassador and celeb stylist Justine Marjan. “I love that it has universal voltage and folds up so that it doesn’t take up a ton of space in my luggage without sacrificing its power!”
Justine’s other major must is to protect your style in your sleep. “I always bring my own Hollywood Silk Solutions silk pillowcase to put over the hotel pillows or in flight pillows. This way I know I am preventing frizz, breakage, and sleep crease during the night, meaning my blowout and hairstyles will last longer and I can spend less time re-styling it in the morning,” she advises.
She also recommends packing multi-use tools, bringing travel sized products and organizing not just what you pack, but how you pack. “If I don’t want to bring all my irons, I’ll just bring one that works for multiple looks! The ghd platinum+ styler: $249 has rounded edges that make it easy to create sleek looks, curls, and waves!” she says. “I always have a supply of travel sized products with me so I don’t have to bring a huge can of hairspray with me on a trip. I love that Tresemme, Moroccanoil, OUAI, Oribe and Fatboy all make small versions of the classics.”When it comes to packing, Justine separates her items by category. “I put them in different calpak travel packs so that everything stays organized in my luggage,” she says.
– Justine Marjan, ghd ambassador and celeb stylist
Prep before you board and know the weather
“I’m often traveling with my clients, and while getting your hair done on a plane may sound glamorous, it’s a can be tricky for the stylist,” says Kardashian go-to/celeb stylist Andrew Fitzsimmons. “Since we’re without our hot tools during the flight, I always recommend doing any prep with a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron before you board and leave the flight for finishing steps and touch ups.”
“Another tip is to anticipate the climates of your take off and landing cities. You might start in a humid climate and land in a super dry area (or vice versa), all of which can impact the style. I always like to carry plenty of oils, lightwight oil mists and hairsprays that can hold up to various conditions. Favorites include NatureLab. TOKYO’s Perfect Hair Oil: $16, Alterna Haircare’s Caviar Anti-Frizz Dry Oil Mist: $34 and Paul Mitchell’s Freeze and Shine Super Spray: $25.”
– Andrew Fitzsimmons, celebrity stylist
Pack a scrunchie and embrace your curl
“If someone is traveling and they want to prep their hair before getting on the airplane, so they don’t need to deal with their hair during/after the flight, then before your flight, I recommend using PALM SPRINGS Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask: $29 before washing your hair with TELEVISION Perfect Shampoo and Conditioner: $32,” says Garren, celebrity stylist + co-founder of R+Co. If you have really frizzy hair, you could use ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner: $30 after PALM SPRINGS (instead of TELEVISION). Finish how you would normally finish it without putting too much product in,” he advises.
“Then when you get on the plane, if you are going to sleep, take your hair and put it in a loose scrunchie (if you have long hair). This will help keep the hair’s shape without flattening it down. Just be sure not to make the scrunchie too tight around the hair,” says Garren.
“If you want to get more mileage out of your hair, during the course of your trip if you’re not in the water or sun, you could use SKYLINE Dry Shampoo Powder: $36 on the second or third day. If you have really fine hair, you could put it on the roots and rub your fingers on it. That will give it life and lift. If you have longer hair, you could use a cold blow-dryer and blow it through your hair. Now if you wanted to get more movement, you could use SAIL Soft Wave Spray: $29 or FREEWAY Defining Spray Gel: $29 – this will create different textures while you’re away,” notes Garren, who says SAND CASTLE Dry Texture Crème: $29 is another option.
“Now if you still don’t feel like shampooing (after a few days), you can use SPIRITUALIZED Dry Shampoo Mist: $28,” which he says will “dry clean your hair.”
“If you go into a climate that’s really dry, or humid and causing frizz to the hair, and you want to calm it down – take NEON LIGHTS Dry Oil Spray: $29, spray it on the hands and then run it through the ends of the hair. This will help to calm down the frizz, without saturating it, and will help correct the wave pattern (if you have curly/wavy hair).
– Garren, celebrity stylist + co-founder of R+Co
Stay hydrated and protect your hair in your sleep
Celebrity stylist Vernon François packs a hydration essential kit for every trip, which is a “combination of products selected for hair that looks visibly soft, shiny, hydrated and healthy.” The products are “particularly good for color treated and curly hair,” says Vernon. Vernon recommends using his CO~WASH Shampoo: $28 before traveling. “It nourishes, softens, and revitalizes; cleanses, conditions, and detangles in one step,” he says.
Next, he says work in the RE~VAMPTM Moisture Spray: $26 which “treats damaged hair, controls frizz and refreshes your style between washes.” To super guard against drying travel conditions, use the OVERNIGHT ~OIL Treatment: $42. “It’s a lightweight, leave-in moisturizing oil complex, delivered in a fine spray to replenish hair nutrients overnight,” he explains.
“Travel with a silk and satin scarf to protect your hair. A 100 percent silk cap to maintain protective hair styles, minimize friction, and promote healthy hair condition while you sleep.”
– Vernon François, celebrity stylist and brand founder
Do a damage treatment ahead of time, create an oil concoction, wrap your hair and try a fun bun
“If you fly a lot like me and are constantly in different climates, you may experience your hair and skin feeling drier than usual,” says celeb stylist Lacy Redway. “I like to keep my hair and skin moisturized. I use a face mask on the plane and I keep my hair hydrated by locking in moisture with the Keraphix Reconstructing Treatment: $15.99 which adds extra protein into my hair shaft. When you’re finished washing out the treatment, add some leave in conditioner back into your hair before adding Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine: $22, along with a natural oil concoction I like to make at home which contains various oils like Jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil, etc. If you can, you can either wrap the end of your hair in a baggie to keep them moisturized while flying or wrap your ends in a bun to secure the moisture. A fun bun is also a great hairstyle to travel. You can place it high for more comfort and add hair accessories to showcase your personality.”