“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar that it can be taken for granted.”
This quote by Bill Bryson made me the travel enthusiast that I am today!
However, I never expected that during my first backpacking trip, I would come face to face with my ‘ugly tresses’ and unmanageable hair. While, I am no Madonna in real life, my beauty style is that of Audrey Hepburn – simple and neat and in the enthusiasm of traveling around with buddies and living out of a backpack, I threw my neat beauty style out of my priority list.
I stopped caring for my hair and tortured my skin with my erratic traveling routine. Plus, I was traveling with guys who could care less about how to keep my tresses manageable while on the go. During the trip, I found myself overwhelmed with the feeling of not caring and enjoying the adventures. However, it ruined my overall look and the quality of my hair. After my first backpacking trip, I figured that it is important to know the difference between ‘being a beauty queen’ and ‘not’ taking care of yourself while on the go.
After coming back, I searched about travel experiences of women and how they take care of their skin and hair during backpacking trips. To my surprise, the most popular question that popped up on female travelers’ message boards is – how can I manage my hair during backpacking? Should I cut it short, braid it or just shave it all off? Will my hair survive without products and hairdryer?
After some research, I learned that with a few adjustments and handy products, I can have the best of both worlds! My second backpacking trip is a proof that travel and hair can actually mix without hairdryers, hair straightners, frequent spas or stupendous amount of products being involved.
While backpacking, all you need to do is put your best foot forward and keep right hair care products handy so that your hair can be as good as it was before you went on the backpacking adventure. Be it plane, bus, train, car or any other mode of transportation, traveling can actually take its toll on your appearance.
Here, I am posting a few hair care methods that require no fancy hairdryers or conditioners but work wonders for the frequent travelers.
Luxor Professional “The Wet Brush” Detangling Shower Brush
I discovered this product after my horrible ‘tangled’ hair experience during my first backpacking trip. Apart from being a traveler, I am also impatient and hyper. This hair brush collection works as a boon for someone like me during my trips and when I am home because it can be used on both wet and dry hair. This means, I do not need to wait for my hair to dry so that I can comb. It also eliminates tangles quickly and painlessly and is perfect for all hair types.
Some features that made this brush a must have during my backpacking trips are:
- It is perfect for thick, curly and straight hair
- Comfortable to hold
- Comes handy, perfect for travel
- Detangler and massager
- Does not break wet hair
Crack Hair Styling Treatment with UV & Thermal Protection by Prolana
Sunshine, or rather, sunrays can give you a warm and happy feeling but UV rays are definitely not healthy for your hair. Crack leave in hair cream is a great way to manage your hair while on the go as well as at home. It comes with UV and thermal protection and does not need to rinse out. Some features I liked about this cream are:
- Protects hair from dryness and chemicals
- Thermal and UVA/UVB protection
- Moisturizes hair from the cuticle till the ends
- Lightweight, super moisturizing hair fix
- Adds shines and slip without making hair greasy
- Keeps hair looking healthy and polished all day
Traveling can provide you an experience that no luxury can and the last thing you would want to do is beautifying your skin and hair in your tent or hotel room while there’s a whole new world out there to be seen, so many interesting individuals to meet. Backpacking is not the time to look fancy but it is important to take care of yourself. After adding ‘The Wet Brush’ and ‘Crack Hair Styling Treatment’ in my travel list, each time I get back from backpacking, my hair is in much better condition and I feel beautiful, ready for another adventurous trip!