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How to Take Care of Your Hair While Travelling

Nobody wants a bad hair day on holiday. Follow our 7 tips to protect your strands on holiday.

At long last, the season of travel is upon us. You're probably already counting down the days, drafting your packing list ahead of that summer holiday, and haircare ought to be at the top of it.

As tempting as it may be to fill your suitcase with clothes and leave the bulky beauty products at home, holidays is when your hair needs you the most. With the heat, humidity, long plane journeys, harsh hotel water, chlorine, sun, and sweat, your locks will need extra love and care — especially if you expect them to look fresh for photos.

Don't worry: caring for your hair on holiday doesn't have to take up your whole morning (believe us, we know how precious that personal-time-off is). Check out our collection of travel companion products, plus some of our top tips for keeping hair healthy and photogenic no matter where your summer may lead you.

1. Opt for travel sizes or solid formats

Travel-sized beauty products are handy for saving space in checked luggage, but they're absolute must-haves if you're traveling with liquids in a carry-on bag. 

Discover Travel Sizes

2. Care for hair before and after swimming

You'll no doubt want to take a dip — maybe many — if your holiday involves a beach or a pool. Well, the salt of the sea and the chlorine in pool water can dry hair out, stripping it of the natural oils that help protect it and keep it looking its best. One way to protect hair from damage from swimming is to keep a leave-in conditioner like our SU Milk on hand. This hydrating hair milk comes in a travel size bottle perfect for the holidays. Just spritz your strands before going for a dip and rinse the product out afterward.If you have coloured hair, you might also be worried about the pool water damaging it. In addition to applying a leave-in conditioner before you swim, you should also wash with a colour-protecting shampoo after your pool dip. Our MINU shampoo formula made with nutritious caper blossom extract works great to improve colour, and it's available in travel size.

3. Protect your hair and skin from the sun

Prolonged sun exposure can not only damage your skin — including your scalp — the UVA and UVB rays can also compromise the hair cuticle, the protective layer that goes around the strand. It's been said that hair can become damaged after just eight minutes of sun exposure. After an afternoon at the beach, you might notice your luscious vacation locks turning brittle, dry, dull, and frizzy. Be sure to pack a hat or a silk scarf to cover your head with if you're going somewhere sunny; also, bring with you some specific products of our SU range to protect your hair and skin.

SU Hair & Body Wash 150ml

SU Hair Mask 150ml

SU Milk 135ml

4. Stay hydrated

It's important to increase your water intake, especially in warm and sunny locations, to replenish the water you lose. Hair needs hydration in the same way — to stay healthy and strong even when subjected to stress. To prevent them from looking dull, feeling rough, becoming too greasy, and losing volume, hydrate your strands from the inside out by drinking water.

5. Think carefully about what to bring with you

We've all made the mistake of packing a styling tool — or any electrical item — on a trip, only to find that it isn't compatible with the sockets in our destination. Only with the appropriate power plug adapter, a compact and affordable must-have you can pick up from any travel accessory retailer, will you be able to use the hot tools you brought from home abroad. Do your research, as it isn't always clear whether you'll need an adapter. For example, while all of North and Central America uses the same plug type, sockets in the UK and Ireland are different from those throughout the rest of Europe.

6. Don't forget to pack a hair mask

These travel-size Davines masks will keep your locks looking lush and feeling strong while you're busy enjoying your holiday.

The Let It Go Circle

The Quick Fix Circle

The Spotlight Circle

The Wake-Up Circle

The Purity Circle

The Renaissance Circle

7. Never go too far from a hairstylist!

Let's say you wind up staying in the sun a little longer than you should have or taking one too many dips in the heavily chlorinated pool and wound up with an accidental tint. No fear! Our Davines hairstylists have you covered — and they're located all over the world.