Monday, 24 September 2012

Pack light Pack smart: 10 things you need in your travel hair kit

I have never been a light packer. But after taking several unplanned trips I have developed a great sense of respect for people who pack light/smart. Packing only things that are needed is an art mastered by people with a lot of experience. 
You should take only things that are needed. Neat, clean and well groomed is exactly what you need to be, and you can achieve that exceedingly well even without carrying extra baggage.
I asked 50 women about their travel-packing methods and I found out of every 10 women 7 tend to forget/neglect carrying haircare products. Yes, you might carry your LBD or your crisp white shirts but none will make you look good if you are having a bad hair day.

Follow my suggestions below, honed over dozens of trips:

 You need 10 things and 10 things only:

1. Shampoo and conditioner
You don’t need to carry a full sized bottle or even a travel sized one. For a two-three day trip a sachet is more than you will need. Pantene has an amazing new offering where one side of the sachet is a shampoo and the other side is a conditioner.
2. Hair-dryer
Panasonic EH-ND11 Hair Dryer, Rs. 569
A lot of good hotels do provide you with blow-dryer, starightners and curling irons but I have had trips when I had to walk staright out of the airport into a meeting. A mini blow dryer comes handy during such times. Just apply a shine serum and brush your hair, at the same time, blow-dry the brushed strand of hair from above holding the blow-dryer nozzle at a 90-degree angle. This will give you sleek, shiny, flyaway-free hair.
3. Hair serum
Catwalk by TIGI Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm

Always carry a multitasking product like this one protects hair from thermal heat as well has makes the hair smooth without weighing down the hair.
4. Bobby pins
There is no need for me to explain how incomplete any hair kit is without bobby pins.
5. Hair grips
Divo hair grips

A smart girls guide to perfecting a ponytail, bun or braid is the right use of hair grips. Always carry the thin black rubber ones along with the bright coloured ones. 
6. A comb
Divo Comb
A must-have in your handbag and your kit. A paddle or round brush can also be your best bet while travelling.
7. Dry Shampoo/Mattifying Powder
Schwarzkopf OSiS Dust It
As I mentioned earlier make sure you pick multitasking product. This dry shampoo doubles as mattifying powder to give extra oomph to your any backcombed hairstyle.
8. Hair accessories
Carry some small hair accessories like these pastel coloured hair grips to accentuate your hairstyle and to divert attention in case you are having a bad hair day. Make sure they match the outfilts you are carrying.
9. Nylon hair rollers
They come handy to fix the misbehaving strands of hair that decide to twist and turn in unshapely manner, ruing your hairstyle or when you are having your ‘There’s something about Mary’ hair moment.
10. Pouch/Bag
A bag big enough to fit all the above and small enough to fit in your suitcase.

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