The atmosphere inside a cabin, while obviously designed to keep travellers comfortable and (let’s face it) alive while hurtling through the air at 39,000 feet, does nothing for the look of hair once you have disembarked. Seemingly, the only thing for it is to admit defeat and get a professional blow-out upon reaching your destination.
But what if you want to look your best for a lover, long-lost relative or business meeting as soon as you come through the arrivals gate? Aside from joining the A-list and flying your hairdresser out with you, what can be done? Here we give you top tips for keeping those locks looking luscious. At 40,000 ft and on ground.
Apply leave-in treatment
One of the biggest problems for plane hair is the static caused by the regulation upholstery. One way of combatting the effects of such decidedly non-luxe materials is to nourish hair with a leave-in oil treatment. The original Moroccanoil Treatment contains anti-oxidant rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins. Run through hair before landing to restore smoothness and shine.
Get on the anti-frizz action
Perfect for those long-haul journeys, Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Eclat is a two-phase lightweight mist that promises shiny hair, 48-hour conditioning and 72-hour frizz control. The first phase contains coconut, argan, jojoba and avocado oil; the second, organic damask rose floral water with the added benefit of a delicate fragrance.
Rub in some absorbing powder
Adding volume to hair that has gone flat is made easy with hair powders and dry shampoos. We love Toni & Guy Root Lift Sculpting Powder with its easily absorbed micro fine powder, and weightless texture. Use either just on the ends of hair or sprinkle on the crown before backcombing for added oomph.
Treat your hair like a tumble dryer
Static flyaways seem to be a given following several hours cooped up in-flight but Kérastase Carré Lissant Smoothing Sheets are a genius addition to your carry-on luggage. Like the dryer sheets you put in the tumble dryer but for hair, these anti-frizz smoothing sheets contain advanced static-control technology to freshen while transforming plane hair into a vision of sleekness.
That final hairspray situation
Another clever trick we’ve picked up over the miles is to use a blush or powder make-up brush spritzed with a bit of hairspray (try Revlon Professional Style Master Hairspray Photo Finisher which works even on fine hair) to coax those individual static strands into line. Try it, it works!
Bonus tip without any product
A pre-boarding trip into Boots for a multi-pack of hair ties or pony bands is always on our list. Smooth hair back into a ponytail or pile up in a messy bun to keep hair out of the way during the flight, ready to prep pre-arrival.
If you can’t be bothered with any products, then visit any of the Kérastase counters that are popping up in airports from Beirut to Sao Paulo. The latest one to open is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2F and is an elegant white temple for your crowning glory. The professional hairdressers here will perform a quick 5-minute diagnosis using the Kérastase Hair & Scalp Profiler after which they recommend the best products for your hair to manage all that in-flight frizz. The stylists offer a speedy styling and brushing service to have you looking like you’ve spent the morning in the salon in less time than it takes to get through security. How’s that for value for money, hey?
If all else fails, a style tip borrowed from 1950s Hollywood should do the job. Wrap a silk Hermès scarf to hide lacklustre hair in the most glamorous way and help you make a head-turning entrance at the arrivals gate for all the right reasons.