Welcome to the first #BizTravelGals conversation! Road Warriorette and Carol Margolis of Pearls of Travel Wisdom are teaming up to chat about the important, the mundane, and the fun parts of life on the road. Share in this episode as RW and Carol, both biz traveling gals, discuss that ever critical topic: hair.
What are your favorite travel hair products? Do you have a strategy for which products to bring on trips?
Carol Margolis: I always travel with my own shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. Sometimes I’ll bring mousse for humid cities if I have travel sizes of this at home. I refill my small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and hair spray in between each trip.
Road Warriorette: Yes! I also always have my own shampoo and conditioner, plus shine serum. I needed hairspray on a recent trip and didn’t have one–I’ll have to add that to my list.
What products do you use at home?
CM: I always like nice shampoos (Redken and now Chi), my husband uses hotel shampoos that he brings home from his trips. So we have his-and-her hair products. I also have my full-size bottles of hair spray and mousse. Living in Florida, the humidity can make my hair flat in no time without these!
RW: I definitely can relate to the impact humidity has on hair. I have to use multiple products at home to avoid the frizz! A shine serum and either a straightening creme or a curling creme, in addition to my beloved Phyto shampoo and conditioner.
How do you feel about hotel hair products? What have your favorites been?
CM: I was recently at a resort in Cancun and they had Chi hair products. Aaaah-mazing! I got online and had big bottles of it waiting for me when I returned home. They even had a Chi hair dryer — BEST I’ve ever experienced in a hotel!
RW: Nice!! I typically stay far away from hotel hair stuff but admit that I hoard the Aveda toiletries from Renaissance hotels. I’ve never (ever) seen a hotel with a good hair dryer though…
CM: Oh, I love Aveda, too! In fact, I actually brought the Aveda bottles home from my trip last week. They were from a Hotel Indigo (IHG property).
Do you style your hair every day, or do you prefer to put it up?
CM: I so wish I didn’t have to style it every day. My long, thick hair takes about 20 minutes to dry and I’d much rather be sleeping. Though in my sleeping hours, I must toss and turn a lot because my hair is all over the place when I wake up. I think in all my years of travel, I’ve only ever been able to get away with ‘yesterday’s hair’ a small number of times. And it’s too layered to put up without it sticking out all over the place.
RW: My hair is so dry that I can only wash it a few times a week. That is lucky, on the one hand, because it means I can sleep later (hah). On the other hand, the dry air in airplanes can wreck even the best blowout. I often choose to just wear it up to get it out of my way for flights and then deal with re-styling it once I arrive.
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