The holiday season inevitably means travel, travel and more travel. Whether you're traveling by car, plane, or railroad hand cart...to the Shop Rite, holiday travel is a study in patience. After my hurried dash to the airport in what always seems to be the middle of the night, I am en route to Frankfurt.
In my opinion, a plane journey longer than four hours is complete torture. Since all of my flights of late seem to be well into the 18+ hour range, I am thisclose to accosting the next flight attendant who wakes me with over salted packets of nonsense.
No I won't... being hauled off a plane by the marshall is not on my list of life accomplishments.
Anyway, I find myself in a real conundrum when it comes to keeping my already dry hair reasonably moisturized and looking like something during one of those long flights. The facts are these. According to everydayhealth.com "...the air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent." This means dry skin, dry mouth and dry hair. Crunch, crack, I'm having a styling heart attack.
Aside: Note - this only strengthens my case against the aforementioned flight attendant.
I am struggling! I mean the struggle IS REAL - to look like something, anything on arrival. My hair is useless, parched, smashed on the side I finally managed restless sleep on, and no matter what I do to right the situation in that glorified refrigerator box they call a restroom, I land looking like - tragedy.
The first piece of "Air Hair" advice I received was during my sophomore year in college. My friend Danielle, decided to skip out of the rest of our year abroad in Spain and return home to her fantastic boyfriend. Anyway, a former beauty queen...yes. sigh... she told me she was tanking up on water a day or two before the flight, curling two day old hair into pin curls secured with bobby pins, and spraying the whole thing down with a moveable hair spray - Matrix Biolage Hair Glaze hairspray to be precise, (Biolage PULEEEAAASSEE bring this product back!) and uncurling before landing time! Fabulous!
Results? I have no idea as, Danielle fled, married Mr. Fantastic, and I stayed in Spain. However, another friend said pretty much the same thing many years later. Aside from looking slightly odd and security having a wand problem in the scalp region, this could be a solution!
My question is this. What about that mysterious, handsome stranger one might sit next to on the plane??? Does one go into the refrigerator box and emerge tousled and perfect? I ended up sitting next to a wonderful Italian grandmother who plied me with amazing hazelnut filled chocolates and stories of her summers in Greece so it wasn't a complete loss. But still, is there no other way to arrive looking moderately in control of your life?
Let me know if you have any "Air Hair" advice. My begging Matrix Biolage Haircare to bring back the Hair Glaze may prove futile, but in the interim if you want to step off the plane looking ready to receive your beloved like Danielle or are just in search of an excellent moveable hairspray that comes in a travel size I recommend L'Oréal Paris Elnett Flexible Hairspray Hold Extra Strength. (This stuff is the business! No crunch! No flake!)
Got any "Air Hair" tips and tricks? We're all listening! please comment below.