Last weekend I took a trip up to North Wales to see some of my uni friends. I had to lug everything with me on the train so I needed to pack as little as possible, but here’s where it gets tricky. As much as I’d love to be a complete and utter minimalist, I also feel much better when I’m prepared for every eventuality. I’m working on finding a balance between the two.
Luckily I’m pretty lazy when it comes to doing anything with my hair, so choosing what to take was easy. My hair gets oily at the roots fairly quickly and I knew I’d have to wash it while I was away (dry shampoo can only do so much). I threw in a mini shampoo and detangler duo from John Masters Organics and some styling spray by Ogario London, all of which I received in a LoveLula Beauty Box. One wooden comb later, and that was that.
John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair*, £5.50 for 60ml
This Lavender Rosemary Shampoo does its job, in that it leaves my hair feeling clean, although it doesn’t prolong the length of time I can leave my hair between washes (it’s perhaps a little too nourishing on my oily roots). You can really smell the lavender and rosemary — they balance each other out quite nicely — and the scent doesn’t linger on hair, which could be a plus or a minus depending on how much you like the fragrance. Personally I’m not keen on lavender but I do like it when mixed with other ingredients.
As with most sulphate-free shampoos, this one doesn’t lather up as much as you might like but this doesn’t affect its ability to cleanse the hair and scalp, it just takes some getting used to if you’re not familiar with it. I wouldn’t buy the full-size product but it’s a handy to have a mini shampoo at my disposal, plus I can save on waste by reusing the bottle for future trips once it’s empty.
John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler*, £5.50 for 60ml
I’m a sucker for citrus scents and the combination of citrus and neroli smells lovely. The formula is a little lighter than my regular conditioner but since I have very fine hair this isn’t a problem! The Detangler provides much-needed moisture and makes combing through tangles much easier; those with thicker strands might like to use another conditioning product afterwards. I’m not sure if I could quite commit to buying the full-size version but I’d certainly buy another travel-size mini if I needed to.
Ogario London Styling Mist*, £16 for 60ml
It’s rare for me to find a styling product I can be bothered to use, so hats off to Ogario for managing it with their lemon zest and oats spray. The key, I think, is that this isn’t much of a faff — you soak up excess water with a towel after washing your hair, shake the bottle, then spray 2-3 times above your head and let the mist settle. If, like me, you rarely heat-style your hair then you just leave it to do its thing and if you prefer a blow-dry then away you go. It’s that simple.
The first time I used this someone said ‘Your hair looks nice, have you done something different with it?’ (As usual, I was incredibly awkward taking the compliment.) The Styling Mist does make a subtle difference, though, by enhancing my hair’s waves and giving them more of a beachy, tousled texture. You only need a little bit, although even when I got carried away spritzing (as you do) my hair didn’t really go crispy or dry out. It just looked healthy, which is all I want.
Using this trio on my trip meant I could wash and go, leaving more time to enjoy the stunning Welsh countryside and catch up with my friends.
I’d recommend buying the travel-size versions of the John Masters Organics products to see if they suit you before splashing out on the pricier full-size versions, which cost £17 per bottle. There’s not a miniature version of the Ogario mist, however it more than fits the bill if you want tousled waves but don’t want to use a drying salt spray.
What do you pack when you go on holiday? Do you struggle choosing what products to pack? Let me know in the comments!
Products were sent to me by LoveLula for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.