Before I leave for long trips, I tend to cut my hair drastically. I know I’ll be gone and won’t want to deal with drying it or straightening it every day, so I keep it low maintenance. This means I don’t have to pack a blow dryer, straightener, or a large amount of shampoo, and that is definitely conducive to packing light!
It also gives it time to grow out in front of strangers if I end up hating it, which I luckily never do.
I’ve had shorter hair for almost four years and wouldn’t turn back, especially as my lifestyle becomes more travel-centric. Here are some of the items that I recommend for fellow short-haired travelers.
Headbands and Scarves
For moments where I don’t want to have hair in my face or style it, I’m glad to have headbands and scarves. They are both essential items for traveling in hot climates and especially when volunteering. You can wear both in so many ways, whether like a headband, a kerchief, across your forehead or upside down in a 50s updo.
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Brush or Comb
Some short-haired gals swear by their bristle brushes and others prefer the simplicity of a comb. Whichever you prefer, make sure it’s a travel sized version that won’t take up unnecessary room in your toiletries bag. I pack a small comb to straighten out my hair after showering as well as a fold up combination mirror brush for when it’s dry.
Clips and Bobby Pins
Even if I can pull up my hair into a small ponytail, I end up having lots of wisps that fall down. Bobby pins and clips to pull my bangs half up keep me from wanting to literally pull out my hair.
At all times while traveling, I keep bobby pins strewn about my person and belongings, including a small container of them inside my toiletries bag, a few floating at the bottom of my purse and at least one slid onto the bottom of my shirt. I’m never without one! There are so many uses, as Christina shared with us. You also never know when you might need them to MacGyver your way into your locked hotel room.
For girls with very short hair, a couple of blingy clips can be a great way to fancy up an outfit for nicer events on the road. Plus, they’re just extremely packable.
I’m fairly low maintenance with my short hair, apart from my necessary addiction to dry shampoo, but you may want styling products suited to your hairstyle. Waxes and pomades are ideal for short hair and travel as they won’t count against your TSA liquids bag and add some texture and hold. Hairspray is another option, but can be tricky if you’re trying to avoid traveling with aerosols. Go for the pump bottle if you truly need it.