Yikes! You were so busy getting everything in that suitcase that you forgot your coveted hair products. In your mind you can see them sitting ever so lonely on your bathroom counter wondering why they didn’t get to go to the Caribbean, Italy, Australia, or wherever you decided to take a break from reality for a few weeks. Even worse, maybe you forgot to transfer your products to 3oz container and now, your 6oz products are in the trash can. You are in panic mode and cannot wait for the plane to land so you can figure out just what to do. Well, panic no more. We’ve got some help for you that may just salvage your vacation, so you can relax, enjoy, and still protect your tresses.


Many airports have necessities that a lot of tourists need because let’s face it…most of us will forget something. They also know that many tourists are waiting on flights or have to stay overnight. So, even abroad some places have great airports with little stores filled with some hair care products. Now, don’t get it twisted…you are not going to find your favorite shampoo or conditioner by any means. You are getting the basic of the basic but hey, something is better than nothing and below I’ll explain how you can spruce it up.

Grocery Stores

Unless you are in the middle of nowhere you are going to find a grocery store that will have some shampoo, conditioner, and oils. Yep, it’s time to get DIY in this moment of need. Hit the oil aisle and get some olive oil (which most destinations will have) or coconut oil and breathe a sigh of relief! It’s great to add in a cheap conditioner and shampoo that may not be as moisturizing by itself. Another tip is to dilute your shampoo with water. Problem solved!

Hotel Concierge

They are worth their weight in gold. The hotel concierge is at your beck and call for emergencies such as these. Need some special conditioner? They know the right store to get it from and will have it for you before the day is over. Forgot your hair accessories or hats? They will find some that are not only functional but stylish. This is what they do and do well, so if your hotel has one then tell them what you need and be amazed at how quickly they can come through.

Tourist Traps

These little boutiques, stores, and souvenir shops are filled with hats and scarves that will be great to keep the sun out of your hair and face. They can be turned in to headbands and hair ties and will make you forget that you forgot anything! You may even run into a few that actually have well-known brands of shampoo and conditioner, so check them out and see what you can find. Don't forget that when wearing a scarf that is not silk, satin, or nylon, wear a satin scarf or bonnet underneath to protect your strands.

Vacation Spas

Many vacation spots have spas in the hotels that offer the very products they use on their clients. You will be getting the high-end shampoos and conditioners, but when in a bind you may have to pay for pleasure. Even if your hotel doesn’t have a spa, head over to the nearby ultra-plush hotel and see what they have to offer.

Bottom line, you can make it work even if you don't have everything, so don’t lose your cool and ruin your vacation. Do what you have to do and remember to relax and enjoy your well-deserved time away from reality!

How did you save your hair when you forgot your products or had to toss them at the TSA checkpoint?