Love to travel, but hate the after-effects on your hair and skin? Shabana Patker-Vahi shares secrets to keep your travel beauty woes at bay.
I love travelling—seeing the world and all that’s in it, but my biggest bug bear is watching people de-plane. I absolutely loathe people who exit planes looking dishevelled, with that lingering, ‘aircraft smell’ and papery dry skin to boot. Ugh! So post several, unbearable journeys of watching people alight (they almost always look like the abominable snowman with hair on end), I’ve decided to share some fundamental travel beauty dos. All it takes is a little pre-flight prep and a visit to the rest room.
#1 Travel beauty horror: Frizz, frizz and more frizz
Static from the seats and blankets, coupled with dry, pressurised cabins wreck havoc on even the best-behaved hair. And if you take more than five or six flights a year, chances are, your hair will end up looking like the young Sarah Jessica Parker’s on steroids.
Beauty arsenal: Leave-in conditioner
There should be a ban on using the word ‘hair oil’ and ‘travel’ in the same sentence (except this one). For all its purported wonders, one application of oil and you could end up with a mop that attracts bits of fluff, lint and travel dust. There is one thing you would manage to keep at bay with hair oil though—eyes that are wide with hair-envy. The only way to go (literally) is a leave-in serum or conditioner. It hydrates the hair from inside and will leave it shiny, manageable and well-groomed.
Application: Wash your hair on the day of your flight and swap your regular conditioner for a leave-in.
#2 Travel beauty horror: Dry lips
The number 1 assault on your skin in a pressurised environment is dryness and the first victims are your lips. The skin on your lips is the thinnest and most prone to drying. Plus saliva is alkaline and licking your lips only dries them out further.
Beauty arsenal: Petroleum jelly
Flavoured or not, lip balm is your number one lip life-saver. And if you’re travelling to a country that’s drier than your own, your lips will thank you for this protective barrier.
Application: As often as possible especially after in-flight meals.
Shabana Patker-Vahi has written about the beauty industry for 14 years. She started out as market correspondent for an international beauty publication and has been Associate Beauty Editor at Vogue India and Beauty Editor at Femina.
A complete product and travel junkie, Shabana always has at least six must-use products at any given time. She is often bribed by friends for impromptu makeup lessons (payments for which are accepted in chocolate). When not cooing over beauty products, styling, consulting, or flying around India and the world, Shabana is busy arranging grooming workshops for those in need.
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