Keeping up with my beauty routine is by far one of the hardest elements of being on the road. More times than not, I start to look like I’ve been ran over with a steamroller. I’m also one of the unlucky ones who has dark hair so going two days without shaving is mortifying. But while I let go of some beauty routines, there are some parts of it that I will keep until the day I die. Now that sounds like I spend hours a day getting ready, but I don’t. I’m talking about the hair cuts, the waxes, the manicures/pedicures, that type of beauty. While I can live without nails and massages on the road, there’s one thing that I refuse to let go regardless if I’m in the middle of nowhere or in a big city, and that’s my eyebrows. My eyebrows are a very dramatic element to my face; they’re dark and bushy and if they’ve gone array, you can tell from miles away.
You might think of this as a vein, but feeling good about the way I look makes me feel more confident. And confidence is a key factor in traveling. So when I feel better about my appearance, I don’t worry nearly as much. But how do I keep up my beauty regimen while I’m on the road?
I plan everything
No joke. If I’m going on a three-week trip, I will get my eyebrows waxed and my hair cut and colored just before I leave so it’s nice and fresh for my trip. Taking care of these things well ahead of time makes for a better trip in my opinion. I don’t want to be searching endlessly for someone to cut my hair or color it while I’m traveling. I want to be seeing the sights and meeting other travelers!
I get recommendations
I value people’s recommendations while I travel more than I do at home. I feel that when you travel there’s more behind the recommendation. Rather than just saying ‘so-and-so said they were great’ you get a full story of why you should go to them and how incredible their service was PLUS there’s always a tie-in to the place they’re at. I always get extra tips on how to spend my time in the city or places to eat or see.
I stick to what I know
I get my waxing done at LunchBox Wax Salon in Portland when I’m at home. They are the BEST! They are the most consistent wax salon I’ve been to anywhere in the world. I also have very sensitive skin and they’re homemade wax is all-natural and I never, ever, breakout afterwards. For me, this is huge. That’s the last thing I want is to be all red and bumpy after my waxes on my face. They truly take care of you and understand that people don’t necessarily go home after a wax. They actually have to go back to their schedule! But the biggest reason why I love LunchBox Salon is that they are located across the entire U.S. I can travel and book appointments and any of the salons and know I will get the same, great service. Read on to get a free promo code from my friends at LunchBox!
I bring the goods with me
If I’m moving to another country or am traveling for an extended amount of time (places where LunchBox doesn’t exist!), I bring an excess amount of products with me. I know it’s not the best travel-packing wise, but when a product works for you, it works for you. I bring extra eye liners, wax, and mascara. For those who have traveled to Australia or New Zealand, you understand the insane price of cosmetics compared to the rest of the world. I refuse to buy a Covergirl mascara for $25.
I feel there’s no shame in wanting to keep up your beauty routine while on the road. If it makes you feel confident and beautiful, then DO IT! Yes, wearing full-blown make-up while you’re backpacking and taking smouldering bus rides in SE Asia it would be a bit much, but if you want your eyebrows or hair to be on point, then get your wax and hair did before you go. It’s that simple 🙂
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About the Author:
Jen Heuett is the creator of Travel + Trust & Wanderlust, an online community to educate, empower and inspire women to travel solo. Her words can also be found on Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and Travel Hooligan, her first travel company that inspires young adults to utilize the Working Holiday Visa in Australia and New Zealand. When she’s not traveling the world, she’s enjoying the Pacific Northwest and her mom’s tacos.