Summer is around the corner, which means you’re probably thinking about flying away to the beach, or you’re planning your next getaway to a place other than home.
And we can’t blame you! It’s probably been a stressful year for you, and as we’ve already discussed before, stress can cause hair loss. A vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.
If you haven’t traveled with your wigs before, have no fear: it’s easier than many might think. It just takes some initial planning, a few bags, and you’ll be ready to look stylish no matter where you’re jetsetting to.
Everyone’s process will be different, but here are our suggestions for traveling with your detachable wigs and hairpieces:
- Know which wig you’ll wear on the plane. Many people like to wear their wigs while traveling because for one, you don’t have to pack it, and two, you still want to look your best at the airport. Most TSA scanners will not sound off from typical wigs and clips, and the agents are generally aware of these situations too.
- Decide whether you want wig travel cases or plastic bags to store your wigs: If you have wigs with delicate crowns or wigs with elaborate hairstyles or big curls, it may be worth your investment to get a hard-walled case for your wigs. You’ll insert the wig crown-first into the case, gently maneuver the hair into the crown, and close your case. For more storage, double up your wigs by stacking the crowns on each other, inserting them together, and maneuvering the hair in at the same time.
- If plastic bags are what you’ll be using: You can maneuver the inside of the crown in with the hair, so that when the wig is laying inside the bag (and then your suitcase), the crown won’t get too crushed. Some people even add newspaper or tissue stuffing into the crown to prevent a crushed wig. Then, cover the hair with a net and place into a bag. You can even turn the crown inside out, maneuver the hair in, and then cover that with a hair-net for added protection of the hair.
- Know ahead of time if you’ll place them in a carry-on or checked baggage: If you want to protect your investment, then we suggest placing your wigs in a carry-on bag. Checked luggage runs the risk of being lost or delayed, and may at times be rummaged through by TSA agents if something suspicious was found inside your bag through a scanner. Of course, with a wig case, it may be difficult to store that in your carry-on if there is not enough room.
- Once you land, remove your wigs immediately: One of the first things you should unpack once you get to your destination are your wigs, since you don’t want them to be packed for any longer than they should. This helps prevent moisture build-up and the chances for the wig crown to become more crushed.
When packing, don’t forget to also pack all your necessary hair products that you use on your wigs – detachable or not. A comb is a definite necessity, and if you can, bring your wig stands so you can prop them up wherever you’re staying if you’re bringing detachable wigs or hairpieces.
It may help to also do an online search for local wig and hairstyles in the area where you’ll be staying in case you need help with styling.
If you’re coming to one of the beautiful Los Angeles beaches like Venice or Malibu for your vacation, or any water-dense resort or location, be sure to check out our post on swimming with hairpieces.
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