10 Simple Hairstyles For The Jet-Lagged Traveller

Yes, it’s totally possible to look good as soon as you step off a long-haul flight. All you need to do is whip your hair up into one of these 10 easy peasy hairstyles. (Left: Image by @glorian27, Right: Image by @melaninmichie)

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There’s a reason why a woman’s hair is often referred to as her crowning glory. It is, after all, the ‘crown’ we never take off. It’s also totally normal to want to be presentable all the time — even after you’ve flown halfway across the world.

Of course, flying to another time zone can be most exhausting, and more often than not, we don’t look or feel our best after a long-haul flight. But that’s where our ingenuity comes in! It’s amazing what something as simple as whipping up a quick hairdo can do to make you feel good and look good. So, here are 10 super simple hairstyles you can whip up in the aeroplane bathroom so you look fab for your holiday shots as soon as your feet hit the tarmac.

1. Half-up top knot

If your hair roots look a bit oily after taking a redeye, that’s fine! It’s actually the perfect hair condition for this updo as this hairstyle looks impressive on slightly grimy hair. Moreover, you can pump in some curling products and protect your hair from damage if you have curly hair. All you need to do is take the top half of your hair into an easy and messy top knot and just rock it.

2. Dutch boxer braids

Form meets function with this ‘do. On the one hand, it looks nice and neat, and on the other, it’ll help keep everything in place for when you need to sleep on the flight. To make these beautiful boxer-braids, part your hair into two identical halves and make this braid on every side. This hairstyle looks stunning with every outfit you wear, and it will also protect your hair from dryness.

3. High ponytail

Transform this traditional ponytail into a flight-ready style by gathering all your hair into a high ponytail and securing it with a scrunchie. To all you jet-lagged women travellers, you can sit and eat comfortably on your seat as your ponytail won’t rub against the headrest on the flight.

4. Low side braid

Gathering all your hair to one side implies your hair won’t press against the headrest’s back. Additionally, it’s the most hassle-free braid type. To make this easy-peasy hairstyle, just pull your hair to one side, simply braid, and secure the ends with a hair tie.

5. Sleek fishtail

Think of the fishtail as the trendier cousin of the classic and elegant braid. Admittedly, this hairstyle will require some practice, but you’ll have plenty of time on a long-haul flight! Just don’t forget to download a YouTube tutorial first.

6. Pineapple ponytail

Hey, curly-haired ladies, what about this sleek pineapple ponytail to look spiffy in a jiffy? For a hassle-free pineapple ponytail, apply any hair oil to the ends for optimum moisture. Then, flip your head over and gather all your hair at the crown, securing it with a hair tie. So cute. Need a pop of colour? Adding a scarf will help you achieve that!

7. Don a scarf

Travel like Katherine Hepburn by tying a small scarf to your classic top knot or low bun hair styles. It’ll instantly glam up your in-flight ‘do, plus, the scarf will double as an ideal accessory. Besides lending some 40s style to your look, the scarf goes a long way towards hiding pesky flyways and flight-induced oiliness.

8. Double braids

Okay, we know what you’re thinking — this looks the same as the boxer braids! But let us assure you that it isn’t. This one’s actually easier to do, and it’s a classic! Besides being easy and elaborate looking, double braids are sure to work double duty as well.

With this style, you’ll be able to focus on more important things — whether it’s eating in peace as you watch an in-flight rom-com or finish up on work — as it will keep your tresses out of the way. As a bonus, if you keep these braids in place long enough, all you need to do as soon as you land is shake them out for a wavy, tousled look.

9. Space buns

Now, this is a super cute look. Even on grown-ups. Just be sure to position your space buns high up on your head and off the headrest. That way, your ‘do will be comfortable without compromising on the cuteness.

10. Low barrette

This charming style works best on medium to long hair lengths. And, it’s the simplest style of the lot. All you need to do is place a thick barrette at the nape of your neck so that it does not press against your head in flight. Pull out a few strands at the front to make the style look more intentional; especially for those among you who have post-plane places to be as soon as possible.

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Armughan is a full-time lifestyle blogger looking at the world with the desire to change it for good! He loves to spend time with his family and pet cat Whoophie.