Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to show some extra love to the matriarch of the family. If you’re wondering what to get your traveling mom, the perfect gift may just be the best products to help her with a good hair day to feel at her best while jetsetting around the world. Whether she’s looking for a high-tech tool for styling or a serum that’ll help repair her locks, this last has you covered. And the best part? These items can be used while on the move and back at home. Below, here are 10 of the best hair products to give your traveling mom.
This may be a splurge, but it’s well worth it and one that mom will thank you endlessly for. Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer is a game-changing tool, drying hair at a fraction of the time compared to other offerings on the market. But if your mother also likes to style her locks, the Airwrap is the best option. The complete kit comes with six attachments that includes barrels for curves, smoothing and volumizing brushes, and a pre-styling dryer. It’s designed to work for various hair types and delivers results in minutes. Due to its high energy consumption, it can’t be paired with outlet converters in foreign countries, but can still be used for domestic travel and trips to Mexico and most of the Caribbean.
If mom already has a Dyson Supersonic and needs a styling tool to go along with it, but doesn’t need all of the attachments that the Airwrap comes with, the company’s Corrale is the perfect gift. The cordless straightener is designed so that it can also be used for curls and waves. Boasting manganese copper alloy plates that flex around hair, it leads to better control and uses less heat, thereby reducing damage to strands. Just like the brand’s other products, it delivers results quickly, meaning mom can spend less time getting ready and more time exploring. It’s equipped with a battery disabler so that she can travel with it on planes—with the exception of Japan, where regulations are stricter—and can be used internationally. It also comes with a travel pouch to keep the Corrale safe when packed away.
If mom is looking for the secret to luscious, shiny hair, 14th Night’s the Hair Elixer is the answer. Vogue alumnus Negar Mohammadi has tried “everything on the market and was disappointed to learn that so many of the luxury haircare brands, while claiming to feature effective plant botanicals, were mostly composed of silicone and alcohol.” Moreover, she adds, “the clean haircare brands felt ineffective and lacked the luxurious fragrance and texture I was seeking.” So she came up with her own serum that would produce desirable results while skipping harmful ingredients. Turning to her Persian heritage, she uses prized botanicals from her culture like pomegranate, which she explains is “a royal fruit that symbolizes authority over death in mythology” and the oil from the seeds “literally brings hair back to life” as well as almond oil, which is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and Vitamin B7, commonly known as biotin, which helps with follicle growth. The Hair Elixer also contains argan oil, known for its nourishing qualities. The result: hydrated hair that’s smooth, silky, and strong. And coming in at just one ounce, it can easily fit in a carry-on bag.
If mom has never been happy with her store-bought shampoo and conditioner, it’s time to go custom. Function of Beauty’s thorough quiz takes into account hair type, structure, and scalp moisture to create personalized shampoo and conditioner for better results. Their products are also made without harmful sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and gluten, and can also be done without silicone, dyes, and fragrance. The full sizes will need to be checked, but if you’re looking to buy some accompanying TSA-friendly containers, consider Cadence’s leak-proof capsules made from recycled ocean-bound plastic.
Traditional hair brushes are a little wonky to pack, but Virtue’s Flourish Manta Health Hair Brush is compact; eschews the awkward, breadstick-size handle; and has been uniquely designed for fragile hair. This innovation sports gentle, flexible bristles that minimize breakage and is easy on the scalp while gliding through strands effortlessly. With the first brush your mom will instantly feel the difference. Plus, it comes with a travel pouch to keep it clean while tucked away in a suitcase.
It’s time to toss out those cotton pillowcases and opt for silk. The natural material doesn’t require stitching together like other fibers, making it easier on hair, reducing friction that can cause tangling and breakage. Silk also naturally regulates temperate and doesn’t absorb much moisture, meaning that hair will better retain its natural oils. And if your mom happens to sleep on her side or stomach, the smooth texture will also do wonders for her face as it won’t wrinkle skin. Fisher Finery’s pillowcases are made with pure Mulberry silk, comes in 11 colors, and feels incredibly luxurious. They won’t take up too much room in a suitcase, either, making them easy to pack for any trip.
Whether it’s too much time in the sun or exploring a city where the air quality isn’t ideal, hair takes a toll. To help combat these effects, Davines has come up with seven masks to help the scalp and hair recuperate. Each one has a different purpose to meet different needs and can be combined for multiple results. They only take about 10 minutes to use and are small enough to pack in a carry-on bag.
If mom loves going to tropical destinations, but hates what the humidity does to her hair, Oribe’s Imperméable may just be what she needs. This spray helps to combat frizz and can work with any hair type. So whether she wants to protect her sleek blowout or maintain her perfect curls on the muggiest of days, this will get the job done. The full size will have to go into check-in luggage, but there’s also a smaller option that’s TSA-complaint for carry-on bags.
Hair is in its most vulnerable state when it’s wet, so the quicker you can get it dry, the better. Microfiber towels are significantly more absorbent and not as rough as traditional options. And as a result of less friction, they also help reduce breakage and frizziness. Plus, these towels are compact and lightweight, making them easy to pack. Matador offers their version in both small and large sizes—but the latter may be a better option as it’s big enough to be used on the body as well—and come with their own silicone case with a carabiner.
For something that’ll help hold styles while simultaneously improving the overall condition of hair, It’s a 10’s Potion 10 Miracle Styling Potion will do the job. Lightweight with no residue or stiffness, this product delivers shine, conditioning, and lasting results. The full size has to be checked, but there’s also a miniature version that’s suitable for carry-ons