Editing down our beauty collection for travel—skin, body, and makeup included—can be a challenge. However, packing becomes even more strategic when you have natural hair. For most people, reducing their jumbo tub of conditioner and shampoos into tiny sample-sized jars isn't enough for combing through and keeping them styled and healthy while on vacation.
While the product options in the travel aisle have certainly upgraded over time, there's still a lot of improvement to make for TSA-friendly natural hair options (that don't include squeezing your wash day into bottles). Still, there are plenty of brands prioritizing natural hairstyles in their travel-sized lineups so you don't have to choose between your hair and vacation or—worse—pay to check-in luggage with full-sized products.
To help make packing for your next trip a breeze, we scoured the shelves for the best TSA-friendly natural hair products to maximize your space and routine. Find our favorite picks, ahead.
Best on a Budget
This Mixed Chicks package is small but mighty. It comes with the brand's shampoo, deep conditioner, and leave-in conditioner, which is all you need for no-fuss styling on the go. The entire kit will only set you back ten bucks and you can toss it directly in your toiletry bag.
Best For Splurging
Adwoa Beauty's trial kit is the TSA-approved version of its cult-favorite baomint collection, which is designed to promote a healthy scalp and defined curls. Unlike most travel-sized hair kits that come with only a shampoo, conditioner, and styler, this set comes with six options for your hair including cleansers, a deep treatment, styling creams, and oil. The bottles are also recyclable and refillable so you can keep using them on the go.
Best For Working Out
Working out on vacation can be fun and energizing, but the build-up of sweat and products can leave your curls feeling dull. Uncle Funky’s Daughter brings versatility to their travel pack by focusing on eliminating smell, odor, and helping reinvigorate hair after a night out or working out at the gym. The kit includes a refresher spray, leave-in cream, curl definer, and hair polish to revive your hair after activity.
Best For Wash-and-Gos
Bread Beauty Supply packaged its four best-selling products in mini sizes so you can take the goods with you on the go. While we're fans of the entire Bread lineup, the mini hair cream is a standout because you can use it to define curls, or with a dense brush to slick your hair into a ponytail or bun.
Best Size Value
As I Am's travel lineup features six different products to keep your curls hydrated on the go. Each item in the kit (including co-wash, conditioner, gel, and cream stylers) comes in a generous three-ounce bottle so you get more bang for your buck without TSA flagging your bag.
Best For Frizz
Brigeo's Farewell Frizz kit features a shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in spray with ingredients like rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to help detangle and smooth all hair types. It's perfect for keeping in your suitcase—or even your gym bag—when your hair needs a quick spruce-up.
Best For a Simple Routine
Rizos Curl's four-step travel kit is a small iteration of the brand's wash-day regimen, with shampoo, conditioner, curl-defining cream, and detangler. Each formula is packed with shea butter, moringa oil, and sunflower oil to keep your curls soft and shiny.
Best For Hair Repair
If you've been curious to try Sienna Naturals, the clean hair care line co-founded by Issa Rae, you can try it with this kit. The Mini Repair Ritual comes with the brand's shampoo, mask, and leave-in conditioner, all packed with powerful plant-based ingredients like baobab seed oil, honeysuckle extract, and coconut oil to make your strands feel stronger.
Best For Moisture
This kit is great for two things: If you primarily turn to conditioner style and detangle your hair, and if you want to dabble in all of Tracee Ellis Ross' Pattern formulas. Each nourishing formula is designed for various curl textures but can be cocktailed to your preference. They're especially clutch if you use larger amounts of conditioner when styling your hair at home so that you can layer them on from the hotel bathroom.
Best For Soothing Scalp
If you're struggling with an itchy or irritated scalp (or just got a new protective style), you'll want to scoop this Girl + Hair set, complete with an ACV rinse, leave-in conditioner, and scalp balm to cleanse, soothe, and moisturize your scalp. The formulas come with nozzle applicators so you can apply the product directly where you need it and don't have to sacrifice your scalp for your vacation style.