As you pack your bag for your upcoming trip, you’re probably contemplating what hairstyles will suit the outfits you’re taking along. While it’s fun to dream up lounging on the sand with bouncy, bombshell waves or an intricately woven waterfall braid, remember that pulling off these looks could take a slew of styling tools and products you may not have space for in your luggage, as well as hours of style prep when you’d rather explore local hotspots.
“When traveling, I suggest doing hairstyles that don’t require much maintenance,” says New York-based celebrity stylist Kahh Spence. “You don’t want to have to think about dealing with it, or even doing much with your hair. I always tell my clients to do braids, messy buns and ponytails. These are simple in their own way and don’t require a lot of time to accomplish, which is great when traveling.”
Ready to explore your options? No matter what your hair type or length, these effortlessly chic hairstyles require minimal product and prep time.
On the Plane: Topknot
Sitting with your head against an airplane seat for more than a couple hours can cause flat hair. Prevent this by tying your hair into a loose topknot. Start by flipping your head forward and pulling all your hair upward. Secure the knot with a no-tug hair tie.
By the Pool: Undone Bun
Not only does this hairstyle look sexy with any style of swimsuit, it also protects your hair from heat and chlorine. For a more textured look, spritz some texturizing spray, like One ’n Only™ Speed Style™ Dry Texturizing Spray, on dry hair before gathering it into a loose ponytail. Twist your hair into a bun and secure. Make sure to leave some loose pieces around your face for a more dramatic finish.
On the Road: Fishtail Braid
For trips that include multiple destinations, you can never go wrong with a braid. It’s versatile, and you can even take it from day to night. For the most effortless look, start with a deep side part. Gather your hair in a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Braid the entire tail onto one side and over your shoulders. Once you’ve reached the end, move the elastic band to the end of the braid to secure. Gently tug sections of the braid apart for a messy, tousled look.
In the City: Twisted Halo
If you want a more sophisticated look, this hairstyle requires minimal time and effort but promises a whole lot of wow—and it works whether you have short or long hair. For a simple yet stylish twist, smooth flyaway strands with an anti-frizz cream like One ’n Only™ Argan Oil Cream-to-Serum Styler. With your hair parted in the middle, grab a thin section from one side and twist several times towards the back. Secure it with a bobby pin then do the same on the other side.
Sunday Brunch: Side Pony
No time time to wash your hair? A side pony is great for second-day hair. To create volume, lift the hair at the crown and spray with a dry shampoo. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and then pull the sides taut. This will give your hair a little bit of pouf at the crown. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and pull the entire tail towards your shoulder.
When you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed, count on these easy-to-create hairstyles to do the trick. Just remember to bring a few essential hair care products with you to give your locks some TLC wherever you may be.