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Airplane-Approved Hair Tricks from Louis Licari

Who knew? Hair colorist Louis Licari has a blog! Although he has high-profile celebrity clients such as Susan Sarandon, his down-to-earth blog has a lot of surprisingly easy suggestions for low-maintenance women, too. I like his ideas for sporting pretty hair after a long plane ride because they're things you'd actually find time to do while traveling. Take a look:

  • Brush it and leave it alone. I know that you don't change the style of your hair on a plane but don't touch it at all. I don't think women are aware of how much they play with their hair. Touching your hair will make it dirty faster.
  • Ponies work! Long-hair girls can put their hair back in a loose ponytail. This keeps your hair up and off your face, and will look amazingly fresh when you take it down upon landing.
For three other ideas,

  • Hats can protect you from more than the sun. A loose fitting hat, something that won't give you "hat hair", will act like a barrier to keep your hair fresh.
  • Plane time is the perfect time to sport a twist or a braid. They always look good, on the plane and after you land, and usually look better when hair is a bit dirty.
  • Go to the restroom just before the "fasten seat belts, we are preparing to land" announcement. This is the perfect time to make yourself "land ready". This is when you fluff or brush your hair. Women with fine or oily hair should keep a pinch of baby powder in their bags. Brush it through your hair and it will absorb oils and give your hair a bit of extra body.

I like how simple these tips are, because they don't rely on messing around with lots of products (most of which you probably can't bring on board due to travel regulations). I'm off to find a cute travel hat for my next trip!


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beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 8 years
Great tips!
taradiddle29 taradiddle29 9 years
thanks for posting that- very useful!
lboogie693 lboogie693 9 years
Louis Licari is the "king of color"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 9 years
Yes, it is painful to do a high pony so I just usually will usually do a low ponytail and my hair stays straight and smooth without the ponytail crease.
mollyp mollyp 9 years
So true...
maisiegirl maisiegirl 9 years
Great tips!!! I fly nationally and internation often and by the end of a long flight, my curls have dredded at the back of my head. I'll definitely bookmark these tips. Ladies and Gents, note that carriers like Lufthansa provide misting spray in the bathroom, which are a great way to add moisture to those of us with curly locks.
blondeviking blondeviking 9 years
I take frequent trips between Sweden and the USA, and the flights are always red-eye. Just thinking of planes now makes me nauseous. My idea of hell is being stuck on an international flight. That being said - I usually wear my hair down on a plane and then style it into a ponytail or cute pigtails after I land, because my loose curls will be all stretched out and lanky by the end of the flight.
tickintime tickintime 9 years
I mess with my hair a lot during the day. It happens more when I'm driving...twirling it around my fingers.
madhatter madhatter 9 years
My hair is usually fine, but for flights from the West Coast to New York, or West Coast to London (which are both pretty common for me), I definitely need tips for touch ups.
shoppingprincess shoppingprincess 9 years
Great tips! I usually put my hair in a french plait before I go on the plane to jet off for my holidays :)
valepere valepere 9 years
Thanks for the tip Trace face!!!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
awesome site -- thanks for the tip!
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 9 years
Nice find, Bella.. his blog is definitely bookmarked. Seems like a very cool and knowledgable guy. For my girls with curly and/or frizzy hair, check out this website --> Lots of tips for caring for your hair properly and keeping it looking awesome. I'm in a long, arduous process of growing out my hair long (WITHOUT cheating with extensions, mind you!) and its hard to keep it looking nice in those awkward in-between stages. Take care peoples...
shafiii shafiii 9 years
these are amazing tips! i loveee
shini shini 9 years
I hate when a ponytail makes it hurt to lean on the seat backwards (duh), but a loose ponytail really does make landing touchups easy for the hair...thanks for the link!
rb24 rb24 9 years
Wow I have never been this early
hlcdlc hlcdlc 9 years
Thanks for the link to the blog, I have bookmarked it!
marley11 marley11 9 years
yea i definitely play with my hair way too much. good tipppppppp!
eddybea eddybea 9 years
Um, am I the only one who has never had trouble with my hair in regards to planes? Is this really an issue? I get on the plane; I get off the plane. Hair looks exactly the same.
luvspink luvspink 9 years
I always get hat hair, no matter what hat I wear! :( And, usually when I put my hair up in a ponytail, even for an hour, it leaves a kink. Boooo
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Good tips!
trala1 trala1 9 years
Louis is so right. I travel often and I'm a favorite of either leave it alone and it will be ok or a loose pony tail. Little thing on the loose pony tail, it must be "loose" otherwise you won't be able to rest your head to get a nap.
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
my problem is that dry plane air takes all the bounce out of my short curls. Anybody have any tips for that?
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
thanks! i need this :D
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I love these tips! Thanks!
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