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4 Style Tips for Flawless Vacation Hairstyles

Let’s be honest – no one wants to devote a bunch of time to vacation hairstyles when they’re busy on a trip. You’re supposed to be relaxing, exploring, and enjoying a much-needed break. On the same note, leaving your hotel room with a mess on the top of your head is mortifying.


Not only would you get some awkward stares, but it ruins your entire look and eats at your self-esteem. Surely, there has to be a solution to vacation hairstyles, but what is it? 


Read on to see our tips for keeping up with your vacation hairstyles when you’re on the move.


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How to Maintain Your Vacation Hairstyles

Style Before You Go


If you don’t want to be bothered with your vacation hairstyles while on holiday, the most practical solution would be to have it styled before you leave. There are a few attractive hairstyles that can last several days with little to no maintenance. Below are a few suggestions. 


Braids – Braids are popular protective vacation hairstyles. When done correctly, braids can withstand the sun, humidity, extreme cold, water, sand, and any other elements you might face on vacation.


You can have your natural hair braided or request extensions. Cornrows and box braids are some of the most trendy as they go well with just about any attire. As for maintenance, spray some oil sheen and wrap your hair at night. 


Short Cuts – Short styles for women are common vacation hairstyles these days. Styles like low fades and pixie cuts are attractive, creatively expressive, and low-maintenance.


You can brush or comb your hair and be out the door in just a few minutes. You can add some character and personality by dying your short tresses. 


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Curly Styles – It is challenging to straighten your hair and keep it straight on vacation. The smallest amount of humidity or water causes your hair to become a frizzy, curly mess.


So, instead of going against the grain when it comes to vacation hairstyles, consider going with a curly look for your trip. Your hairstylist can give your hair some TLC with a dermatologist recommended shampoo and conditioner and then apply heat to give you beautiful curls.


To keep the salon look on vacation, simply use rollers, twists, and knots as they are easy to put in and take out and save you time getting ready in the morning. 


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Simple DIY Styles


If going to the salon isn’t your thing, there are still solutions to flawless vacation hairstyles. With a few hair styling tools and accessories, you can achieve a trendy look in no time. 


Messy Bun – If you’re looking for a quick and easy vacation hairstyle that’s also versatile, then the messy bun may provide a solution. All you need is a few ponytail holders and hairpins to keep the hair in place.


Brush your hair to the top of your head, wrap the scrunchie around the hair, add a few pins, and you’re ready to go. You can embellish a bit with headbands, beads, flowers, and other hair accessories.


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Fishtail or French Braids – Putting a bunch of single braids or cornrows in your hair could take hours, but one large braid takes only a few minutes. A fishtail or french braid is easy to do and looks fantastic whether you’re going on a hike or out to eat.


Gather your hair to the desired location (the middle or either side), separate the hair into three pieces, and begin overlapping them to create a beautiful braid. Add some hair accessories or throw on a hat, and you’re done. 


Wash And Go – Give your hair a break while on vacation by opting for the wash-and-go look. It’s when you allow your natural tresses to flow freely without the use of heat and other common hair styling tools. Wash your hair, add some conditioner, apply gel, and then style your curls in anyway you’d like. 


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Wigs, Hats, And Scarves


Whether you want carefree vacation hairstyles or your original hairstyle was ruined throughout the day, wigs, hats, and scarves can save the day. A large straw beach hat is trendy and protects you from the sun while you’re enjoying a day on the shore.


Wigs can be pre-styled and thrown on with a few hairpins for a variety of styles for women that love to switch things up. Using large headscarves and experimenting with twists and knots can create a beautiful headdress that hides your messy locks. 


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Basic Hair Care Products for Travel


While you may not want to spend a lot of time caring for your vacation hairstyles, neglecting your mane can have serious consequences. After all, the key to healthy hair is routine maintenance.


Although many hotels offer complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and dryers, they don’t work as efficiently as your home products. 


So, ensure you have your own products to wash, condition, and moisturize your hair. You should also bring along styling tools like a flat iron, rollers, or hair dryers.


Finally, accessories like scrunchies, pins, and headbands to match your attire and personality. 


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Final Thoughts


When you’re on vacation, you want to spend as much of that time as you can enjoy yourself. Dedicating hours to ensuring your vacation hairstyles are healthy and flawless is the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, the above hair care and styling solutions listed above ensure you don’t have to compromise your looks during your travels. 

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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