Hello SOTGC Community,
Happy summer to ya!
Now that you’ve got the 411 on Must-Have Travel Bags and how to pack them perfectly, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of pocket three in your travel roll-up bag : Hair on the Go. If you’re traveling for business, your days can be longer than usual with less personal time to work out, shower, and get your business look polished. If you have only an hour from wakeup to head out, it’s my hope you’re spending at least 20 minutes of that in prayer or meditation and some form of exercise to get your mind and heart centered and keep stress at bay. That leaves 40 minutes to primp and prep like the rock star you are! And if you’re on vacation, you certainly don’t need to spend 1.5 hours getting ready to surf, lay by the pool, or hike so use the extra time to truly relax and enjoy more of your interesting locale.
Image really is important in making and leaving the right impression with your colleagues. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while or know me personally, you know by now I’ve come to believe, from real world experience, thousands of conversations with women across the globe, and social science research, that when we look and feel great, we give out and bring back greatness from the inside out. It’s worth the extra five minutes of gloss to feel powerful enough to rule the world! Wouldn’t you agree? I thought so. Wanna know how to do it quickly and without a personal stylist and makeup artist?
Okay, workout done, shower and positive affirmations completed simultaneously, body lotion and facial moisturizer applied makes us ready for the 5-8 minute hairdo.
Wash only every three days: Washing strips hair of natural oils important to a healthy scalp and shiny locks. If you have naturally oily hair – don’t brush from the scalp to ends too often, and make dry shampoo your friend. This is great news for travel as it saves on morning prep time. Wash the night before or morning of your first day out, and wear it down and fresh looking. If your hair is long enough, you can head out with it wet and creatively twisted up in the back. When you take it down the next morning you’ll have totally on-trend feminine waves, and you can smooth it with a little glossing polish.
Dry Shampoo: Day 2 – Whether you got sweaty during your workout or your hair is naturally a bit oily, a few shots of dry shampoo to your roots is the best starting point for a fast style refresher; this works great for afro-textured hair too. Be sure to spray roots while holding can about 6-10 inches from hair and let sit for 2 minutes while you brush your teeth or apply your foundation primer and foundation. Don’t let the white color freak you out, you won’t look gray haired when done. Follow by brushing it out if you’re wearing a straight do, and just run your fingers through if your hair is curly or wavy.
Top 3 rated brands for non-afro-textured hair (from personal experience and confirmed on TotalBeauty.com)
Best All Around
Lush No Drought Handmade Dry Shampoo $13.95 4.6oz: Best smelling with lime and grapefruit extracts, longest lasting supply and allows hair to remain shiny rather than matte like other dry shampoos. Application is a little tricky since this isn’t in a spray form – puff into your hand and then roll the bristles of your brush in it then proceed to brush your hair. These benefits make the mid-level price a worthwhile investment. Because this comes in a squeeze bottle you can pour some into one of your Human Gear GoToobs.
For a travel-size option and ease of use
Klorane Labratories Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk or Nettle $19.50 3.2oz: Easy to use in aerosol or non-aerosol versions. Follow the link above for a quick how to video. This is the most spendy of our top three but has received “Best of” awards for years. Still leaves the white residue on dark hair if not totally brushed out.
For the budget-conscious
Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo $3.74 5oz: Least expensive and easy to use, this fabulous little product can be picked up at any number of local drugstores and is a good place to start if you’re just learning about dry shampoos.
Top 4 rated brands for afro-textured hair – special thanks toEssence magazine:
Best All Around
Evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo $25 10.14oz: Great smelling and easy to apply. Leaves textured hair bouncy and reduces itch until next styling or wash.
For an itchy scalp
Phillip Kingsley One More Day Shampoo $12: This product is infused with soothing agents that calm irritated and itchy skin, while combating flakes thanks to active ingredients like Zinc PSA.
For the scent-sensitive
Rene Furterer Naturia $24: This dry shampoo has a light, airy scent and contains the peppermint and basil extracts that add an additional cleansing feel.
For the budget-conscious
Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo $6. A drugstore gem! It works effectively without breaking the bank.
Simply touch up your style with a flat iron to wear it down or scrunch with a little hair spray to wear it wavy or curly if your straight coif gets a little kinky when you sleep. You can even curl or beach wave your long or short hair with a flat iron so you only need one tool for multiple styles. Practice when you have time at home and ask your stylist to teach you the best technique for your hair so you’ll be an expert on the road and able to move quickly through the sections of your hair. I even use this little trick on my angled bob cut.
Here’s a quick video tutorial
Ultra Speedy Up-do’s: Day 3 wear it up if you have enough to pull back. For longer locks the famous “sock bun” will keep you looking totally polished and professional. This style can be worn a little messy for day or super sleek and adorned for nighttime glamour. Wear it high, low, or slightly off center. You can also use it to curl your hair overnight. Sock bun it when damp, and when you take your hair down the next morning you’ll have lovely waves. You can make your own sock bun but why spend the time when you can buy one that will last longer and matches the color of your hair so it won’t show through? Depending on the style you prefer or how thick your hair is, you’ve got options like these:
Here’s the lovely TiffanyD teaching you exactly how to do it – EASY BREEZY!
If your hair is shorter, add some height to the top back from the top of your ears back (think about the section behind where a headband would rest). Then braid or twist it back in 3-5 sections and pin it for a well-styled short up-do or semi-up-do or just push on a headband to keep the bump.
If your hair is too short to pull back, a few more pumps of dry shampoo and quick freshen up of yesterday’s look will work beautifully.
Wash, rinse, and repeat:
For quicker dry time and lower heat requirements when blow-drying, pick up Coolway Transform Styling Spray 6.7oz $24.95 www.coolwayhair.com
BONUS: Totally Terrific Travel Tools
Save weight and space in your bag and have great hair styling tools to save time in dealing with bad hair mishaps by checking out two of my favorites: T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Ionic Tourmaline Hair Dryer and T3 Compact Flat Iron.
Can’t wait to plan your next trip? Well tell your friends and share the wisdom on Facebook and Twitter!
Fastly Fixed and Feeling Fabulous,