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How Do I Choose the Best Travel Hair Spray?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

When choosing a travel hair spray, also known as travel-size hair spray, you should consider your mode of transportation, the amount of room you have in your luggage, as well as the quality of the hairspray itself. In some jurisdictions, bringing hair spray or any other liquid onto an airplane may be perceived as a potential security risk. If you are allowed to bring a travel hair spray onto an airplane, you should find out whether there are any size restrictions on its container. You should also consider the weather and climate in the place that you will be visiting, as your choice of hairspray should consider humidity and high winds.

People generally use hairspray as a way of holding a hairstyle in place, though some may use hairspray during the styling process as well. While it is understandable that you would want to take your hairspray with you while you are traveling, you may decide that bringing along a full-size container of product is not a practical option. This is particularly true if you have limited luggage space or are going away for only a short weekend. Travel hair spray is typically packaged in small containers that can fit easily into a small bag or toiletry kit.

Travel hair spray.
Travel hair spray.

More importantly, some countries have placed restrictions on the types of items that can be carried on airplanes. For example, in the United States, travelers can only carry containers of liquids that are 3 ounces or less in size in their carry-on luggage. Fortunately, many manufacturers now produce travel hair spray, which is often available in drug or grocery stores.

Ideally, you should purchase a travel hair spray that works well with your hair and styling preferences. Both aerosol and pump air sprays are available, so you will have to decide which you prefer before making your purchase. Hairsprays are typically available in a variety of holds, ranging from light to strong. The less you want your hair to move after styling, the stronger your choice of hair spray hold should be. You may also want to select a hairspray with a stronger hold if you are going to a place with weather that may disturb your hairstyle.

Other considerations include whether the hairspray has a sunscreen, which may be useful if you are traveling to a sunny climate. The sunscreen may protect your hair and hair color against sun damage. Price may also be a consideration, although most travel hairsprays are usually fairly inexpensive due to their small size. If you normally use a specific brand of hairspray, you may have to do a bit of searching to find it in travel size, or you may have to select a different brand for your trip. If you are particularly fond of your current brand, do some research before you begin your journey so that you can find an acceptable travel-sized substitute.

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@donasmrs-- My favorite salon hair care brand has a great travel bag with travel size shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and hair wax. This is what I always take with me.


@donasmrs-- Try the travel size aisle of larger stores. They usually have more choices and more brands. Some pharmacies carry small versions of salon hair products as well now. So you may find a small hair spray in the shampoo and conditioner aisle.

Is your regular hair spray in a aerosol can? If it's not in an aerosol can and just a spray bottle, you can transfer some to a small spray bottle and take that with you. Just make sure that it's not larger than what airlines allow.

This is what I do personally. I also love my hair spray and it's in a spray bottle. So I bought an empty travel size spray bottle and put some of my hair spray in it. This is probably the best solution.


I went on a trip last weekend and I needed to take hair spray with me. I checked out the pharmacy near me and they only had two options for travel sized hair spray. I'm not a fan of either brand, but I needed something so I picked up one.

Unfortunately, the hair spray didn't work for me at all. It wasn't like my regular hair spray. It was hard to work with and gave me a terrible time when I washed my hair.

How do people who travel regularly deal with this problem? If I take a small bag as a carry-on, there is no way I can take my regular, full-size hair spray.

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