How To Do Your Hair for Long-Term Travel


We know, we know: You want to focus on your travels while abroad, and not your hair, but, you still want to look cute and not have to fuss with your hair all the time. If you actually want to avoid worrying about your hair all the time, then consider getting laser hair removal done, it’s be much easier that way or if you don’t want to get rid of your hair then you may want to learn more about a multi therapeutic hair transplant.

Though it might sound trivial, how you do your hair can actually affect the experiences you have while traveling, and the way that others perceive and treat you.

For example, in the Middle East, it can be considered bold and disrespectful to wear your hair up and show off that sexy neck of yours.

Plus, being away from home for an extended time is a great opportunity to try something new. Changing your hair radically from a hair salon before a long-term trip means you have no need to fear what your friends or workmates might think and, if you don’t like it, no matter: you can wrap it in a scarf, dismiss it as your “travel hair” (no one will blame you – you’re traveling!) and rest easy, secure in the knowledge that it’ll be back to normal by the time you fly home.

If you’re wondering how best to wear your hair while traveling, here are a few things to think about:


Changing the length of your hair can be a big deal, whether you’re growing it out or going for the chop, if you suffer hair loss and what to growi¿ it out try these Womens Hair Loss Vitamins. Undoubtedly though there’s no better time to try, as time is on your side – an extended trip means that you can get through that awkward “growing out” phase away from prying eyes.

Whether you opt for long, short or mid-length hair while you travel is up to you, and there are pros and cons to each. Long hair can mean instant glamour, but may require more upkeep (not to mention my own personal pet peeve: it can feel hot and cumbersome, especially when it gets stuck between your back and your backpack). Short hair is often easy to look after, but requires more frequent haircuts, and sometimes a whole host of styling products as well. Mid-length hair can offer the best of both worlds – enough length to work with, but still easy to look after.


Similarly, long-term travel offers many women a great chance to experiment with a new color or a balayage treatment . A major change or unusual shade might get the attention of the people around you, especially if you pair it with some eyebrow microblading to end up looking gorgeous.

It’s also common for women to consider changing their hair color before a big trip to blend in better, particularly if you’re blonde and are heading anywhere in Asia or South America. Coloring your hair may help you keep more of a low profile, but keeping it natural may also be a conversation starter while you travel. If you think you’re going to be uncomfortable with extra eyes on you, dye it.

However, keep in mind that dyes will grow out over longer trips – meaning that if you don’t wanna go au naturel, you might need to re-dye en route, or else embrace the roots.

Alternatively, if you have dyed hair that you want to grow out, then this is also a great time to let things go and slowly let your hair return to its natural shade (you can always pass of the roots as “the sun must have highlighted my hair,” right?).


Curly or straight: whichever one you have, it’s practically guaranteed that you wish you had the other. Many women, who are ordinarily addicted to their straightening irons and curling tongs, choose to leave them at home for longer trips, deciding that they’re not worth the effort. Travelling can be a great time to let your hair return to its natural state, and repair some of the damage that long-term meddling with it does.

However, this is no reason to feel like you must leave your beloved straighteners at home. If you think you’ll use them and they’ll be worth the weight, then by all means pack them. You’ll find you’re never short of new female friends when you whip them out in a busy dormitory, as they’re in high demand on the road!

Another thing to consider is having your hair chemically straightened or permed before your trip – such treatments aren’t good for the health of your hair, and will grow out as does dye, but will mean you won’t have to worry about maintaining your favorite style for the duration of your travels.


If there’s a style that you’ve always wanted to try but never quite had the guts to – now is your chance! Want to shave your head, or get dreadlocks? Just go for it! Travel really is the best time to try something new and let your hair down (pun absolutely intended!). Look around and keep an open mind – although low-maintenance is usually a good call!

What do you do with your hair while traveling? Leave it and forget it, or try to style it on the road?


About Author

Leah Eades is a compulsive traveller and freelance writer, whose adventures so far include working in an Italian nightclub, contracting a mystery illness in the Amazon, studying at a Chinese university, and cycling 700km along the Danube River. She blames cheap Ryanair flights for her addiction. Having recently graduated with an English degree, she is currently based in Florence, Italy.


  1. French braids are my go-to for tackling hair on the road! If you don’t have access to straighteners or curlers, or are currently growing your fringe out, it’s so easy to tuck those annoying strands away from your face. Plus, wavy hair is especially good for travellers who don’t have access to showers every day as it hides oily hair alot better than straight hair! And even if you don’t want to look like a schoolgirl with braids, just leave them in overnight, and by the next day your hair will be nice and wavy! 🙂

  2. I cut my hair short for my 4-month round the world trip. I recently trimmed my bangs with a pair of scissors. Now 2.5 months down the road, my hair looks like a mullet (eeek!) but at least no one really knows me here in Buenos Aires.

  3. My hair is super straight, so I find long hair to be much more convenient than short. I don’t have to straighten it, curl it or anything. On hot, sweaty days, it’s in a ponytail/bun and in the winter, it’s an extra blanket in the cold.

    But it’s true, if you’re about to hit the road, it may be the best time to try a new style! Nice thoughts!

  4. I found that due to a lack of hot showers and cold mornings, my hair was greasy and I hated it. I took talcum powder. Instead of pouring, I just squeezed the bottle and it would cloud out, run fingers through and give an upside down shake and it worked a treat. Especially if you don’t want to carry a big can of dry shampoo or have hand luggage only.

  5. I found the “away from prying eyes” bit for experimental style or growing out to be a little bit misguided for today’s world. The average person will be posting pictures (probably more frequently than normal, access permitting!) of themselves in all kinds of cool locations. And/or you’ll be showing off your pictures to friends & family on returning home. Do you really want your awful ‘experimental’ or ‘growing out’ hair to be the you in those pictures that you’ll be saving forever? I’d say instead, play with hairstyles at home during times when you have no important, likely-to-be-photographed events coming up!

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