Beauty Never Goes on Vacation: Take it With You!


I learned a good lesson this past December. My husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a quick trip to New England…just a few days, a change of scenery, and then back to work. Because it was such a quick trip, I thought, well, I don’t need my usual beauty supplies; I’ll just use what the hotel provides. BIG mistake – it turns out that our return trip was delayed by days, not hours, and using the hotel shampoo and conditioner left my hair limp, lifeless, and – as my husband pointed out to me – without that great MoroccanOil smell.

Now, if anyone knows the benefits of travel size products, it’s me – and yet, I chose not to listen to heed my own advice on this one trip. Luckily, when I got home, I saw my Fantasia Hair Care Specialist who quickly brought back the luxurious, touchable, and aromatic touch to my tresses – and I swore I would never make THAT mistake again.

The TSA “3-1-1” rule allows beauty manufacturers to provide travel size versions of their most popular products. The “3-1-1” says you are allowed to bring 3.3 ounce bottles of liquids, aerosols, gels, and creams – as many as you can fit in a quart-sized bag. You need to be flexible in substituting your favorites with something that fits into a 3.3 oz. container. For instance, a special soap, or solid deodorant would NOT have to be packed in the quart-sized container.

Travel size products offer many advantages, not the least of which is it offers you the chance to “try out” a product before buying a large liter size. I’ve tried almost every Fantasia product offered, and I can tell you, it’s a great way to save money, and to test certain products on yourself.

One of my faves, MoroccanOil, offers the complete MoroccanOil experience in travel-ready sizes. The Argan oil-infused essentials for beautiful hair and skin on the go, include the Moroccanoil Treatment– the original foundation for hairstyling that can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. There’s also the well-known MoroccanOil Moisture Repair Shampoo, which gently cleanses while infusing each strand with restorative nutrients, and the MoroccanOil Moisture Repair Conditioner, to gently detangle and soften hair while restoring elasticity and manageability.

Other MoroccanOil travel products include the Intense Hydrating Mask, a high-performance, deep conditioning mask, MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream, Dry Shampoo, and Luminous Hairspray. Surface is another Fantasia favorite, with travel size versions that include their Color Vita-Complex, which combines Ceramide 3 and Vitamins A, C, and E antioxidants to lock color into and onto the hair. Surface accomplishes this by eliminating the free radicals following color services and preventing the breakdown of the color molecule. When these ingredients are combined, they deliver the ultimate in color locking technology.

The beauty of all Surface products is that they are formulated with sustainable harvested ingredients and certified organic botanicals. Surface is committed to providing naturally derived oils and vegan proteins to hair, with mineral ferments, plant botanicals, and, perhaps most importantly, natural color, with no added dyes. Your Fantasia Hair Color Specialist can recommend one of these color-locking products for you to try – again, in handy travel sizes.

Here, in the Upper Midwest, we are well-known for our snowbirds – people who flee the cold wintry months for warmer climates – and it’s the perfect time to stock up on Fantasia travel sizes, which trying out the latest hair-care products, too. Stop by Fantasia Salon, and check out all our travel size products – good for vacations and staycations, too!

Colleen Szot is a passionate client of Fantasia Salon and has been a writer for over 40 years. Featured in Steve Dworman’s best selling book as the only writer highlighted, Colleen has established herself on the writing stage as a voice to be trusted.