5 Travel Hair Styling Tips for On-the-Go Guys
Anyone who travels regularly knows that every inch counts… especially when it comes to your luggage. With flight delays and airport overcrowding, managing to get everything you need into a ‘carry-on and one personal item’ is a win. So when defining your essential travel hair styling needs, it’s important to pack smart. Prioritize compact items that will come in handy throughout your entire trip (and even serve multiple purposes in a pinch). Items like the Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with nanoe™ and oscillating quick-dry nozzle — and before you ask, we’ll talk more about nanoe™ and why it’s important later.
Travel is tough on hair, and proper hair care when you’re on-the-go is vital. Airplanes are drying and ever-changing climates, and altitudes can wreak havoc on your follicles. It’s important to have go-to travel hair care tips that will keep your mane properly maintained.
Here are our top 5 tips for quick travel hair styling and maintenance:
1. You need a good travel hair dryer.
My own recent travels have shown me that hotel hair dryers can be unreliable – sometimes even nonexistent. That’s why a good travel-size option is essential. The Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer will take up minimal space in your carry-on and will prove to be a lifesaver in just about any situation.
Nanoe™ technology creates moisture-rich particulates nearly 1,000 times more effective than general negative ions. That means you’re keeping your mane’s moisture, smoothness and shine even in the driest of climates. This technology also helps protect from damage caused by over-brushing and styling.
You can use this at the hotel gym, or even shove it in a backpack if you think you might not make it back to your hotel between sight-seeing and dinner. (Plus, if you’re clumsy like me and sometimes need to quick-dry spots on clothing that you maybe got wet while getting ready — this lightweight dryer comes through in a pinch. Bonus!)
2. Ditch the hotel shampoo.
Every once in a while hotels supply top-end, high-quality products. Quite often, they don’t. Supplies are bought in bulk and sit in dispensers for weeks, if not months. And even if it is top-quality, that doesn’t mean it’s the right product for your hair.
So, yeah, it’s beneficial to pack your own shampoo and conditioner from home or swing by a local drug store to pick up a brand you’re familiar with. And when it comes time to style, the Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer comes with an oscillating quick-dry nozzle that’s perfect for enhancing curls, giving your hair some body, or just a quick dry for that messy look that’s all the rage.
3. Avoid washing your hair every day. Seriously, stop it.
Over-shampooing is a top cause of dried-out hair, so give your mane a break when you travel. Consider using a dry shampoo or moisturizing product, which is also great for days when you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have time for a wash and style… which, let’s face it, feels like every day on a work trip.
4. Hats, bandanas, and hair bands are your friend.
Now, this may not be ideal for work trips or fancy dinners, but if you’re sight-seeing or adventure traveling, who says you need to do your hair at all? Get it wet in the shower, give it a quick dry with your Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer, then wrap your hair in a bandana or a hair band and go.
Experiment with fun colors and patterns to give your head a fun, fresh look. It also pops in vacation photos (trust me). And if all else fails, throw on a hat. Over-styling your hair can take a toll. You’re on vacation, so your hair might as well get some time off, too.
5. When in doubt, remember Mariah Carey’s words.
Mariah Carey made “I don’t know her” famous when she dissed JLo. And depending on where you’re traveling, you might not know anyone you encounter… which means they don’t know you… which means this is the perfect time to try something new.
Try a new hair product, or a new hairstyle. Maybe give your hair a break for a few days and don’t do anything at all. Who’s going to judge you if it doesn’t look fantastic? The beauty of being a man in a strange land is that if you try something out and it doesn’t look good, no one needs to know.
And if you stumble upon a new style that makes you look like a million bucks, well, now you’ve got your new Hornet profile pic.