If you don’t have a hair travel kit, first of all: who are you?
No matter what, I always bring my hair travel kit with me to take care of grease, scalp issues, frizz, and general hair woes that need fixing on the fly. Mini hairspray, dry shampoo, combs, anti-frizz wipes – all in my arsenal.
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But eventually, I needed smaller products, like mini flat irons and hair dryers. And while I could collect my own, I invested in a few pre-packed hair travel kits. And let me tell you: it was so. worth it.
If you haven’t begun to put together your own hair travel kit, I highly recommend – as do many others! – these 10.
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If you’re going away for a few days and will need some different looks, then Foxy Bae’s Mini Travel Kit has the three hair-styling essentials that you’ll need. Their hair dryer has three different speeds, so you’re not relying on one slow option to get the job done; at the same time, the flat iron and curling wand use the brand’s Rose Gold Tourmaline which keeps hair healthy and lasting throughout the entire trip.
GEMZ’s Bestsellers kit is packed with their bestsellers – like, 50 packs of shampoo and conditioner of various types. For example, you’ll find four Touchably Soft and seven Up All Night shampoos, and seven Light As Air and 10 Anti-Frizz conditioners. They’re single-use packets, so you’re not lugging around bottles and counting how many ounces you’ve poured into mini containers.
Color Wow takes a full hair routine and shrinks it down into a travel size kit, so you can have every step necessary in one small pouch. Start with their shampoo, move on to a detangling conditioner, smooth with a spray, give texture with the finishing spray, and lock in shine and softness with a blend of oil and serum. The products are totally clean, formulated without sulfates, essential oils, dyes, or citrus.
Whether you’re trying out this brand for the first time, or have fallen in love with them and need to bring them everywhere, this travel kit is exactly what you want. The entire kit loves up on your locks, from the moringa-oil- and shea-butter-filled shampoo, to its strengthening neem-oil- and hibiscus-oil- goodness, and finishing ultra-hydrating styling cream. Bonus: a scrunchie that secures and absorbs without stressing.
Ethique’s sampler, with three shampoo and two conditioner bars, gives you the best treatment in one little $20 box. Try the Frizz Wrangler to smooth flyaways, the Heali Kiwi to treat the scalp with an assortment of oils, and Saint Clements to manage excess oil, then follow up with the two conditioner bars: The Guardian is perfect for dry, damaged, TLC-needing hair, while the Wonderbar softens oily hair without adding grease.
Why do so many travel kits forget a brush? While not hard to find, the lack of convenience can be a liiiiittle frustrating. CHI noted this and decided to change the game by including a mini brush in their kit, fully owning the word “essentials.” Aside from a mini brush, you’ll find a travel size hair dryer, a ¾” flat iron, and a spray to help protect your hair from heat and keep it in place – all in one thermal travel bag.
I’ve included SEEN in many of my hair product articles, but especially those that mention fragrance-free options (like this shampoo and this conditioner). Naturally, I had to include the fact that these fragrance-free options come in mini sizes! But the kit isn’t just a duo of shampoo and conditioner – it’s a trio, with a fragrance-free leave-in creme included, too. Smell like nothing and look absolutely fab at the same time.
Some kits just don’t work for hair types that are curly or (especially) coily. Young King is fighting back against this with their products, including this seven-piece travel kit to give your curls the care they deserve. At your fingertips, you’ll have shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, essential oils, pomade, curling cream, and mousse. 3A to 4C hair, rejoice: there’s something for you, now.
If you have a quick trip and need to lift your curls for a short 24 hours, Better – Not Younger will give you the best “Curls Of [Your] Life” with four crucial products. The shampoo has ingredients like scalp-supporting vitamin B and softening and shining argan oil; the conditioner is fed with smoothing aloe vera and a nourishing kelp/rice/spirulina blend; the revival boost spray has honey to help hold shape; and the butter masque is a treat, with a plant-based butter blend and biotin.
Color Wow comes in at the very end as one final addition to the curl-savers travel kit list. I don’t have “curly” hair per say, but my waves can frizz out like no other. And when they frizz, my strands look lifeless. This travel kit battles frizz and coddles curls no matter where you go. The kit has shampoo and conditioner, both of which are sulfate-free, but the magic lies in the oil-serum blend for shine and a styling cream for dry hair to fight static.
Do you have a travel hair kit you bring with you? What’s in it? Tell us below!