Must-Have Travel Items: Hair Products

Monday, May 30, 2011

So here I am with part 2 of my travel products for my upcoming trip to Switzerland and France. (Scroll down past this post to read the first part about the makeup I'll be taking with me!)

As a hair product junkie, it was probably hardest to narrow down all the stuff I wanted to bring with me to all the things I actually need. My hair, despite how I'm a wash-and-go girl, is incredibly dry so the thought of leaving all my beloved deep conditioning masks behind was a little heartbreaking. But I'm determined to suck it up and pack (reasonably) light!

1. The Body Shop Banana Conditioner: I'm not too picky about shampoos, so I'll just use whatever my grandmother/brother has lying around. However I'm not too sure either of them will have a conditioner rich enough for my perpetually arid hair, so this intensely delicious stuff is coming with me. I talked about this product at length in my Body Shop haul post.
2. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush: And not just one can, folks, but two! Any of you who have read my post on this Holy Grail product shouldn't be surprised. This dry shampoo comes with me everywhere I go--they even make a miniature size for my purse!
3. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product: I love a good multi-tasker, and this just might be the king of them. This leave-in cream/serum claims to do ten things from adding shine to preventing split ends. You can read up on everything it supposedly does here. I'm not too sure if it really does all those fabulous things, but it does leave my hair really silky and healthy looking.
4. Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender: I honestly don't know how I haven't done a post on this before. But my theory is that I've been using it for so long that I've just forgotten about how important it is to my hair care routine. This leave-in conditioner doesn't actually fix your split ends (though I don't know if any product can do that) but it really does hydrate those ends of hair notorious for being damaged and brittle. It makes the hair there especially soft and healthy-looking--perfect in my quest for longer hair! For some reason, I tend to think of this leave-in as a sealant, as though by putting it on the ends of hair, I'm sealing moisture in? I swear, it makes sense in my head. But so do a lot of bizarre things...
5. Biosilk Silk Therapy: This item is sort of reminiscent of other de-frizzing, shine-enhancing serums like the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny, or the John Frieda Frizz-Ease. As far as I can tell, they all do pretty much the same two aforementioned things, but the Biosilk smells better (delicious floral scent!) and I have the smallest, travel-appropriate bottle of it.

In case any of you were wondering how I'll be packing all this stuff, I picked up empty plastic bottles from Duane Reade which I'll decant all the products into. (With the exception of the conditioner, because it's a pretty small bottle on its own).

And again, it sounds like a lot, but because I don't need very much of the products, I can get away with taking small amounts--it takes up a ridiculously small chunk of my suitcase. Especially in comparison to the vast quantities of Asian food I'll be bringing my grandmother.

Maybe I'll take a picture of all my stuff when it's packed up--if anyone would find that helpful, or proof that I'm not a crazy over-packer.

Skincare products up next! Happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all those who have protected and served our country!

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