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From Hair Woes To Hair Wows!

Don’t let your hair problems ruin your holiday. And, well, don’t let your holiday ruin your hair either! Here’s a ready hair reckoner to fix your holiday hair horrors.

Text: Benaifer J. Mirza

Just the sound of the words ‘holiday’ or ‘vacation’ put a smile on anyone’s face. Holidays are always fun and exciting – be it exploring unseen places, eating exotic food, or simply experiencing a break from the mundane life. Sadly, your hair may not get as excited as you do at the mention of holiday. From dry hair on a mountain holiday, to messy locks on a beach vacay, these are just a few of the things (read tortures) that your hair may undergo.

Broadly speaking, the three types of destinations that most of us head to are – the beaches, the mountains and the desert or safari. While each one of these is unique and enjoyable, these also come with its own set of hair horrors. Fret not, as we offer total solutions to your holiday hair woes and see that your locks look as lustrous as your.



The sun, the sand, and the sea…sounds picturesque, doesn’t it? No wonder Goa is India’s most favourite holiday destination undisputedly. But, this very sun, sand and sea can cause absolute havoc to your mane.

Zaara Kazi, Style Director, Jean-Claude Biguine Salon & Spa India comes to the rescue.

Dos and don’ts

It is important to protect coloured hair, or hair that has undergone protein treatments, or chemically-treated hair, from sunlight and beach and/or chlorine water. Any leave-in cream, serum, or hair mask can be used before stepping into beach water. It is important to shampoo and condition your hair really well once you’re done with your beach day, to avoid further damage. And, of course, it is important to hydrate your hair, as it tends to go really dry in such an environment.

Style notes

  • A half or full messy bun
  • Twist the sides and leave the lengths loose
  • Side-swept hair (on one side) and then scrunch the rest of the hair

Product picks

  1. The Olaplex range is sulfate- and gluten-free, and lightweight, and hence doesn’t leave any residue on the scalp or hair.
  2. The Cadiveu Sol Do Rio products are best for beach or chlorine water. These products are infused with amino acids and coconut water to protect your strands against damage from the harmful UV rays and pollution.
  3. Moroccanoil products help in protecting the hair, as the keratin tends to run out faster when in contact with beach or chlorine water.FOR THE DESERT DAMES

Whether you’re exploring the deserts of Rajasthan, or driving through the sand dunes of Dubai, or are probably on a hunt to spot the Big Five in Africa, there’s something so distinctly raw, rustic and adventurous about safaris or desert holidays. But, what a bummer it would be if you miss out on spotting one of those mighty Big Five’s in that split second, simply because you were scratching your hair or detangling a nasty knot.

Shirin Merchant, Proprietor, Kut N Make Salon, tells us how you can enjoy the holiday, without ruining your locks.

Dos and don’ts

Prevention is always better than cure. Thus, to begin with, use a hat, cap or scarf to protect your hair from the sand and scorching heat. Use products, such as leave-in conditioners, which will protect your hair and scalp from severe heat. Moreover, your shampoo and conditioner should also be able to protect your hair from the sun. Keratin-based shampoos and rinse-off conditioners protect the hair really well and help in restoring the hair’s natural keratin against external factors, such as the sun and dust. Apart from this, don’t forget to drink lots of water. This will help your hair from getting dehydrated inside-out.

Applying oil and going out in the sandy deserts is a big NO. Oil attracts dust and sand, and thus washing your hair would be a task. Moreover, rigorous shampooing would deplete your hair’s natural moisture. Also, don’t use an anti-dandruff shampoo, as it could dry your hair further. Speaking about dryness, avoid using a hair-dryer too often, as the external (natural) temperature would anyway be hot and thus dehydrating.


Style notes

  • A messy bun created by simply rolling your hair and then twisting around it would be the best bet. Accessorise it with a cutesy floral hairclip. On a hot day, having no hair around the nape area would be such a relief.
  • A simple high ponytail on your crown, with some non-fussy twists taken around the front hair, is a cool hairstyle.
  • If you have a short crop, use matte pomades or hair waxes instead of greasy, sticky and wet gels, as the latter would attract dust and make your hair even dirtier.

Product picks

  1. Use products with SPF such as Aveda Protective Suncare Hair Veil and Wella Professionals Sun Protection Spray.
  2. Applying apple cider vinegar is an affordable homecare product. It helps in retaining moisture and conditioning the hair. Apply a little vinegar after shampooing and before conditioning your hair, for an extra protective layer.


A holiday in the mountain spells peace, mist and much more. It’s probably the best way to get away from the chaos of our typical city life. But, of course, a vacation to the mountains comes with its own share of hair horrors. Dreading a hair wash (because it’s often so cold in the mountains) is just one of the issues that these magical mountains bring with them.

Sunita Motwani-Makhija, Director, Schnell Hans Salon & Academy, Mumbai, promises to make things better for you.

Dos and don’ts

Mountain destinations are refreshing, cool and instantly lift your spirits. In the dry, no-sweat, cold climate, you can leave also your hair open. Flaunt your wind-swept hair to complement your winter coats, denims, etc. Use a leave-in conditioner to compensate for the dryness. Additionally, you could use a hair serum, too. Also, it would be a good idea to blow-dry your hair, at times, to create volume.


Style notes

  • French braids and buns are a great option for those who prefer to keep their hair tied. Another cool style is tying two ponytails and then braiding them.
  • Still apprehensive about your hair getting all messy (even after using hair products)? Or is it too windy? Then tie a loose, low ponytail for an easy style.
  • If you are a ski-enthusiast, stick to low buns and braids. Stay away from top knots, which could get squished inside your helmet.

Product picks

  1. Wella System Professionals Volumize Leave-In Conditioner provides perfect weightless conditioning.
  2. The Moroccanoil Hair Serum nourishes your hair in harsh cold winds.
  3. L’Oréal Professional’s Expert Série Liss Ultime Shine Perfecting Serum is formulated for anti-frizz shine and gloss.

Travel takeaways

It is as easy to take care of your hair on a holiday as it is to ruin it. Stay wise, as we share some closing tips to help you keep your hair lustrous and beautiful throughout your holiday.

  1. Keep your haircare products super-handy on a holiday. Don’t pack them in the remotest corner of your travel bag. The last thing you want to do is tire yourself out trying to find that little pouch with your hair products!
  2. Keep your hairstyle simple yet cool. You don’t want to spend hours doing and undoing your hair.
  3. Before you leave for your holiday, do some research on the existing weather conditions of your respective destination. It will not only help you in packing the right kind of clothes, but also in figuring out what you do or don’t need for your hair.
  4. Due for a haircut? Go for it before leaving for your vacation. Why? To begin with, why not look all fresh and vibrant in your new haircut when on a holiday (and in the photos that you’re going to upload on social media!). And, more so, a haircut means that you have less damaged hair to deal with.
  5. Hair accessories, caps, scarves, etc., not only look fashionable but can be great saviours on a day when your hair isn’t looking that wow. Ensure you pack them too.


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