We all know that flying can wreak havoc on our bodies. Every time we board a plane, we’re faced with dehydrated skin, germs, stiff legs, breakouts, neck cramps, and, worst of all, limp locks. These reasons alone make us never want to fly again, but in today’s world it’s sometimes unavoidable. And what are we supposed to do on those trips when have to go straight to a boardroom (or a romantic rendezvous) after deplaning and there’s no time to stop by a Drybar on the way? For those situations and more, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to tame your tresses after a long flight that are guaranteed to have you meet-the-parents (or investors, boss, friends, exes, etc.) ready in no time.
Keep reading to see how you can revive post-flight hair in five minutes or less!
The Solution: No one is ever happy about the flat spot on the back of the head that develops due to leaning against the headrest for hours on end. If you have long hair, flip your head upside down and pull your hair into a loose topknot using one of Goody’s Ouchless Ribbon Elastics ($4). Leave it in for just five minutes to give your roots a boost before you deplane. For short hair, lightly spritz the spot with water or a water-based spray like Evian’s Mineral Water Spray ($13) to reset the root direction, which will give you volume again within a minute. If you don’t have a spray bottle, get your fingers wet in a bathroom sink or a cup of water and massage the root area to reset.
Total Time: 3–5 minutes
The Solution: By the end of a long flight, all the movement of your head against the material on the seats can make your hair really wild and full of static. After you make it to the terminal, smooth some Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil ($39) through your hair to tame those pesky flyaways and rehydrate dry ends, making hair smooth and shiny again in seconds.
Total Time: 60 seconds
The Solution: Your hair will fall flat while you fly, and the easiest way to create great lift is by spraying a volumizing dry shampoo like Skinnyskinny’s Rose and Black Pepper Organic Dry Shampoo ($32) at your roots. Dry shampoos in powder form are totally TSA-friendly, and (bonus!) this one smells amazing. Flip your head over to tousle the dry shampoo into your scalp, and your hair will appear full of life in two minutes or less!
Total Time: 2 minutes
The Solution: Or plan ahead with a three-minute braid. To ensure a full-bodied look upon arrival, braid your hair before takeoff and undo the style right before landing. You’ll be able to debut beachy waves that are so manageable and chic, no one would ever guess you were just binge-watching The Good Wife on your personal entertainment device. To keep your waves in place throughout the day, spritz hair with a finishing spray like Redken’s Windblown 05 ($22) for airy, long-lasting texture and fullness.
Total Time: 3 minutes
What’s your favorite post-plane beauty trick for looking your best? Let us know in the comments below!