It’s almost the Fourth of July, and the only thing standing between you and your bonfire-filled, cocktail-infused weekend by the water is your suitcase. Specifically, your vanity kit, which oftentimes feels like the most time-consuming part of packing. And while keeping it flexible is half the fun—a rigorous morning hike can turn into a beach dip followed by a lengthy bike ride (all of which could seriously cut into your early evening shower time)—it’s really best to bring your own haircare (yes, that includes shampoo).
Why rely on questionable hotel amenities and rental-house supplies when some of the best defenses against summer’s harshest elements like salt, chlorine, and fire from the grill are already built into easy-to-carry and protein-packed products?
For chlorine-soaked hair, a silicone-free moisturizing shampoo from Nexxus will cleanse and rebuild without weighing hair down, thanks to its highly nourishing caviar complex. A conditioner, when applied just at the ends, adds a healthy hydrating barrier that will not only untangle and rebuild broken lengths but also make them soft again.
For deeply dry and damaged hair, a replenishing masque that is water-based and rich in glycerin will add an extra-shiny overlay that’s actually moisturizing. An easy-to-pack serum is loaded with pearls full of conditioning oil and can remain in your beach bag, always. It’s good for both damp and dry hair, so no matter when or where you apply, you know you’ll be covered. Now, what’s easier to take away with you than that?
Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo, $13, nexxus.com; Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, $18, nexxus.com
Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum, $20
Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Masque, $20