6 Hair Care Tips for At Home and On the Road

Hair Care Tips for Travel

If you’ve been part of the Hopscotch the Globe family for at least a year, then you may have noticed I’ve had blonde, brown, red and black hair all in the last 12 months. I love expressing myself through my physical appearance and one way I do that is by dying my hair. It is one of the easiest, cheapest and most dramatic ways to change my look.

So, with all this hair dying, how do I keep my locks looking so healthy? By popular demand, I’m sharing my 6 tips with you for maintaining healthy looking hair at home and on the road:

Quality Box Dyes Are Awesome!

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While I’ve dyed my hair a few times at the salon, the majority of the time, I do it myself at home. I’ve been using box dye to colour my hair for the last 13 years. Throughout those years, I’ve probably used every brand. While some hair dye lasts only a few washes, others dry up your hair. After a lot of trial and error, one brand that does an excellent job at making my hair shiny, healthy, soft and vibrant is the Vidal Sassoon Salonist line.

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I’ve been using this line for a while now. Vidal Sassoon Salonist uses a 2-step technique to treat roots and lengths differently than other dyes. If you are dying your hair for the first time, Vidal Sassoon Salonist treats virgin roots absorbing colour for the first time differently to previously coloured hair, helping to achieve natural, rich colour all over. Which is a huge plus!

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The line has a range of 24 shades from classic golden blondes to rich, natural looking browns and sexy reds. The dye has a fairly mild smell and is very easy to clean off your skin, which I find rare. When you apply it, it foams a bit which makes it easy to see the spots you’ve missed. This is a plus when you’re doing it yourself. Whenever I use Vidal Sassoon, I get people asking me where I get my hair dyed because it looks so vibrant, silky and healthy. The best part is I only need to dye my hair every few months since the colour lasts a while.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day!

Best red hair dye

The best way to keep your hair vibrant longer is to wash less often then you do now! This is especially true for red hair.

You may have heard this one before, but I can’t encourage it enough! I realized that some of you may produce more oil from their scalp than others, but there is a way to train your hair to last several days, and still look good without a wash. Daily shampooing is actually doing more harm than good to your locks. When you wash your hair every day, you actually strip your hair of all the nutrients and natural oils it needs to be healthy. This can lead to breakage, brittle strands, very little shine, and overall, it will dry out your scalp.

I wash my hair every 3 days. Sometimes, I’ll even go 4. I have friends who wash their hair only once a week! When I travel to places where I’m near the ocean, I wash my hair even less since the salt water does the job for me. I’ve noticed that the less I wash my hair, the healthier it gets. It may take a bit of time to train your hair to be less oily, but give it time. It will be worth it!

Coconut Oil it up!

Coconut Oil

I use Coconut in my hair every week and on my body after every shower.

If you’ve been to the south of India, you would have noticed that the women have the most beautiful, silkiest black hair you’ll ever see. How do they achieve those long silky locks? Coconut oil!

Coconut oil has the magical laurites that helps give hair the conditioning it need. Using coconut oil regularly enhances the beauty of your hair by keeping it ultra soft and smooth and constantly repairs damage. It binds the hair proteins and holds them giving you stronger, shinier and healthier hair. It also helps reduce frizz and repairs split ends faster and works wonders for your hair. I cover my hair in coconut hair once a week. I typically brush it through my hair, adding extra to the ends, wrap it in a silk scarf and sleep with it in overnight. In the morning I was it out using shampoo and skipping the conditioner.

Get a trim every season

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How I feel after I get my hair trimmed. Light and fresh!

Split ends. Everyone gets them and nobody ever wants them. If you want to grow your hair long, you need to get it trimmed often, but not too often. I know this may sound like it defeats the purpose, but in reality, getting a regular trim lets your hair grow long faster and healthier. While some hairdressers say trimming your hair every 4-6 weeks is good, that can get a bit pricey. I get my hair trimmed every season. That’s four times a year in Canada. Of course if you have shorter hair, you’ll most likely get a trim every 4-6 weeks to keep the style.

Seal with cold water

Shower head

I know cold water sucks, but just make it a quicky. Your hair will love you for it.

Before I get out of the shower, I rinse my hair with colder water to help seal the hair’s cuticles and ends and add some glossy shine to my locks. I also avoid rinsing out all of the conditioner from the ends of my hair. This helps to keep them hydrated.

Don’t blow dry it

Buffer Festival Screening

My hair in this photo air dried over night and then I curled it with a barrel curler in the morning.

I hardly ever blow-dry my hair. I let it air dry and then will either straighten or curl it. Since I like to straighten and curl my hair a couple of times a week, I try and do less heat damage by avoiding the hair dryer.

When I travel, I leave the hair straightener and curler at home and just let it air dry. This gives my hair a break from heat damage all together.

Do you have a hair care tip to share? Let us know below!

If you’re looking to change up your hair colour for the New Year, check out Vidal Sassoon by click on this link to save on any of your purchases.

Discloser: Article made possible in partnership with Vidal Sassoon. As always, all content and opinions are my own.

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.



  1. September 4, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Thanks Kristen for sharing these great hair tips. This is wonderful. Good Job.

  2. September 3, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    This is help for myself. My hair is damaged a lot, thanks to this article I will take care of your hair better. thank you

  3. September 1, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Thanks for sharing great tips to care for hair in a short time. You did a great job. This is amazing for me!

  4. July 21, 2018 / 7:47 am

    As a hairdresser i obviously disagree with the box dye part 😉 100% agree on the regular cuts thpough – even if you are growing your hair it’s vital to get regular cuts to stop split ends and damage travelling up the shaft of the hair.

    • July 23, 2018 / 10:14 am

      It’s always nicer to have my hair dyed at a hair salon for sure! Sometimes when I’m on the road though, I can’t find a good place so being able to touch up on my own is a plus.

  5. Alfred
    July 18, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Thank you

  6. July 7, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Great post and listed tips are wonderfully described.

  7. June 28, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    This is a wonderful information to share with my friends.
    Also as much as you wash your hair all the time,there are some natural ways to replenish all lost nutrients with aloe Vera

    • July 5, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Do you use straight aloe vera from a plant or what? Would love to know!

  8. June 6, 2018 / 8:53 am

    This is some great hair tips for fashion. Thanks for sharing great tips to care for hair in a short time. You did a great job.

    • June 7, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks for reading and watching! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll have to share more 🙂

  9. June 5, 2018 / 5:17 am

    This article is a great resource for all women that would like more hair care tips for home and on the road. You’ve included some very important points that many women need to know about when it comes to caring for their hair, such as avoid over-heating and over-washing your hair. Each point has a lot of detail within it making this an ideal post for all women who want to improve their hairs appearance.

  10. April 5, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Wow, amazing tips. I never know that cold water actually seals my hair’s cuticles and give shine. Will definitely do in summers 🙂

  11. January 30, 2018 / 5:29 am

    These hair care tips are super amazing!
    thank you so much for sharing this and helping with the hair care.
    Keep on bringing. Cheers!

  12. December 25, 2017 / 1:01 am

    I realized that some of you may produce more oil from their scalp than others, but there is a way to train your hair to last several days, and still look good without a wash.

    When you wash your hair every day, you actually strip your hair of all the nutrients and natural oils it needs to be healthy.

  13. August 29, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Great tips! Trying to not wash my hair as often is something that I still struggle with. Thanks for sharing!

    • September 6, 2017 / 10:11 am

      It’s hard at first while your hair is adjusting. In time, it will feel better and look so much healthier.

  14. August 24, 2017 / 4:24 am

    Start with a good haircut and then follow these steps to maximize your investment and sail through your beauty routine.

  15. July 28, 2017 / 2:51 am

    Hey Kristan,

    You have shared awesome 6 Hair Care Tips. The Hair Dye at Home is a very useful information which can save our time and we can do it ourself at home. The coconut has its own Do’s for our hair and it is a natural product so don’t have any side effects. I also want to share some information regarding the hair care which I have gone through and need your valuable comments so that I can get more valuable information from you.

    Natural Haircare and remedies

    We also would like to see more information/tips on your website regarding the Hair Care and conditioning of the hair.


  16. July 25, 2017 / 7:39 am

    If your hair is really dry, deep-condition at home. Apply conditioner to clean, damp hair; slip on a plastic cap and let your hair absorb for 30 minutes.

  17. July 6, 2017 / 1:18 am

    I’ve been using green tea for my hair at least twice a week been using that green since when i was in college till now.. and all i can say it has a great result.. my hair never been dry or any split ends..

  18. June 30, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Awesome tips! I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in my hair’s quality since I’ve stopped using a blow dryer altogether. It’s just not worth the damage! Thanks for sharing!

    • June 30, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      For sure! I find that using coconut oil in my hair once-twice a week allows me to let it air dry and still look really soft and frizzy-less 🙂

  19. April 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Hair care has become a difficult task with busy schedule. Thanks for sharing great tips to care for hair in a short time

    • April 19, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. I hope these tips help you out on your next trip 🙂

    • March 1, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks a lot! I’ll have to do more videos and posts like this one.

  20. February 2, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Your hair does not need to be washed every night and for those of us who need to fix dry hair quickly, washing can exacerbate the dryness issue further.

  21. January 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Be careful about using hair care products with too much protein. Too much protein can leave your hair feeling desiccated and brittle. While protein is the building block of healthy hair, use conditioners that come with balanced ingredients

  22. January 5, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Finger-combing your hair can help distribute natural oils from your scalp, down to your hair shafts so you create a natural moisture treatment, just with your hands!

  23. December 21, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Your hair looks great! Coconut oil is the best multitasking product! Thanks for sharing some of your hair tips!

  24. December 21, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Wash hair sparingly and use a good-quality shampoo. Washing hair too often can leave hair dried out, leached of its natural oils, and may damage your hair. Aim to shampoo your hair at most every other day or only twice a week.

  25. December 15, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    You’re right about hair becoming used to a wash routine. While there is a time span wherein most scalps will begin to react with negativity, people have found that extending their wash days to a maximum time span can provide healthier strands. They’ve also found that they can reduce incidences of dandruff and more with items like tea tree oil or more concentrated forms of dry shampoo.

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Absolutely! I was speaking with someone about this yesterday. Once you go a certain amount of time without washing your hair, it actually starts washing itself. The body is pretty amazing!

  26. December 7, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Brushing our hair may feel good, but the old saying of we need to brush it 100 times a day to make it healthy is not true!

  27. November 16, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Use conditioner that matches your hair type, length, and treatment damage. A good rule of thumb is to condition every time you shampoo your hair, although very processed or dyed hair probably needs a little more love than natural hair.

  28. October 31, 2016 / 12:37 am

    This is some great hair tips for fashion

  29. October 31, 2016 / 12:36 am

    Caring for it at home is great. Take your time provide great home care service. Pamper !

  30. September 12, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Rinse hair with tea for shiny hair.Tea can upgrade hair shading, so make a point to utilize a tea that works with your hair shading. Blondes ought to utilize chamomile tea; dark tea may obscure their tresses. Brunettes ought to utilize dark tea to improve sparkle and advance shading.

  31. August 18, 2016 / 4:58 am

    Thanks for sharing great tips to care for hair in a short time. You did a great job.

    • August 19, 2016 / 4:52 am

      So glad you liked them! They’re just easy fixes so I don’t have to be walking through an airport looking like I just came out of the clothes dryer or something 😉

    • May 23, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      Yup it’s a really dye for at home experimenting 🙂

  32. December 22, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Wash Your Hair Every Day 🙂 By the way, ladies… if you want to lose belly fat, here is the link – bit.ly/1m65HMx Thank me later..

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