I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to tame my wavy hair into stick straight submission. When I’m in Sydney, I go to the hairdresser every week for a wash and blow dry and my trusty straighteners are always in reach. I don’t want that burden when I travel. I still want my hair to look good and be easy to manage (which it is NOT when it is a frizzy tangled mess!), but I don’t want to miss out on the fun by spending precious hours styling. Surely there is a better way? Well there is. Hold on to you hats ladies because Peptame is here! A Peptame hair treatment before you jet off makes managing your locks while travelling a whole lot easier. I tried it before my recent trip to Bali and I’m hooked. Read on for all the details …
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Travel Hair Dramas
Anyone who has ever been to Bali knows it’s steamy. The humidity is through the roof and that plays havoc with straightened tresses. Unexpected rain further adds to the drama. If you haven’t been you really shoold check of my epic list of 110+ things to do in Bali. I rarely carry an umbrella, but I am a whiz at fashioning a makeshift rain hat out of whatever is available. I was rather proud of this fetching green number I made while on the Sunshine Coast but it’s exhausting constantly dodging downpours. I envy those blessed with naturally poker straight hair. I have considered chemical straightening, but my hair is drier than the Sahara and I figure I already subject it to enough trauma keeping it blonde. I starting looking for a more natural alternative and my research lead me to Peptame.
What Is Peptame?
Peptame is set to change the way you think about straightening your hair. This unique product promises to tame your hair into a sleek, smooth, straight mane of manageable, weatherproof, glossy locks. Peptame contains sugarcane peptides and glycolic acid which are less damaging than commonly used straightening treatments. The active ingredients penetrate the internal structure of the hair to rebuild and restore. The best bit? It’s as easy as shampooing your hair!
Toni & Guy Cronulla
Peptame is relatively new in Australia and only a select few salons offer this revolutionary treatment. I visited Toni & Guy Cronulla in Sydney’s South. It’s most definitely not the closest salon to my home, but it was well worth going the extra mile. The service at Toni & Guy Cronulla was exceptional. From the moment I stepped through the doors and into the modern luxurious space I felt welcome. I was greeting warmly, seated promptly and given a very thorough explanation of my treatment before starting. And did I mention they gave me wine? And samples to take home? Yay!
Getting A Peptame Hair Treatment
The Peptame process couldn’t be simpler. The taming shampoo is applied and left on for 20 minutes to work its magic before rinsing. The masque is then applied and massaged through for a few more minutes. There are no noxious fumes or nasty smells, in fact, Peptame smells delicious. Like oranges. You can style your hair any way you like afterwards, but you must apply heat. Simply blow drying it will ensure your Peptame hair treatment lasts between 2-4 weeks, but I recommend asking your stylist to pass the straighteners over your finished do to keep your hair looking great for 6-8 weeks. It does take a little longer that a normal wash and blow dry but it’s no hardship at Toni & Guy Cronulla. Did I mention wine?
Of course I have included the obvious before and after pics. Excuse the split endz! I’m obvs overdue for a cut! But what you can’t see is how my hair FEELS. It feels freaking Ah-Mah-Zing! So soft. So healthy. So smooth. So shiny. So how did it hold up to the Bali humidity? Exceptionally well. We had constant drizzle for the first few days and I would normally have spent my days dodging drops but I confidently got out and about. My newly Peptamed hair fought the frizz admirably. Our premier pool room at The Magani Hotel meant I was in and out of the water quite a bit. When totally saturated my natural waves did return but without the frizz and styling was much quicker and easier. I wash my hair infrequently so I got about 10 weeks out of my treatment. I loved it so much I went straight back for a top up. That was two weeks ago and my hair still feels fantastic. If you want to try Peptame yourself, Toni & Guy Cronulla are offering a wash, cut, blow dry and a Peptame hair treatment for just $169 until the end of August.
Q&A With The Expert
During my visit to Toni & Guy Cronulla I was lucky enough to steal some time with the owner Louise Blake (second from left). Louise is an exceptionally talented hairdresser and an all round amazing woman so I put on my hard-hitting journalist hat and I asked her to solve all your travel hair dramas. Here’s what she had to say ….
FTF: Besides a pre-trip Peptame treatment, do you have any tips for beating the frizz in humid environments?
LB: Hair tends to frizz when it’s dry. To help keep frizz under control use a treatment once a week for a few weeks before your trip. I love the Wella System Professional Hydrate Mask as its 100% moisture. Keep moisture levels high while you are away by using a leave in conditioner. It will keep your hair smoother than a regular wash out product. Don’t over do blow drying as it will encourage frizz. Keep things simple and work with what you have rather than fighting nature. If you have natural movement scrunch in a cream based product (it’s more moisturizing on the hair cuticle) and let your natural texture do its thing.
FTF: What is a really simple style that ladies can do to disguise a bad hair day when travelling?
LB: Embrace the current trend for messy, low maintenance hair and put your hair up while you are away. Think buns, braids and messy pony tails, which are both easy and effective. If you don’t have the length or thickness for buns and pony tails, the half up, half down look is massive right now. Remember to pack a few hair bands and bobby pins (Invisibobbles are great as they don’t pull and tear your hair), then just twist, braid and knot hair casually. Don’t make it perfect and neat, texture and tousled is key!
FTF: I am a fan of straighteners (obvs!) but with tight luggage restrictions they don’t always make the cut. I’ve looked at the mini’s but I’m skeptical. Do you rate them?
LB: Mini straigteners are an awesome idea for trips when you have limited room. I would use them sparingly though as often the technology in the plates won’t match your regular high quality irons.
FTF: Often people have a complicated inventory of hair product at home. Given liquid restrictions what do you recommend people absolutely take and what can they leave at home?
LB: Avoid hotel shampoo at all costs! A quality shampoo is critical for keeping your hair clean and healthy on the go. To cut down on space, skip the conditioner and pack a leave in treatment instead. This handy little multi-tasker will moisturize, protect, fight humidity and act as a barrier when swimming. If you have a little space left over consider adding a curl cream or sea salt spray which are both great for adding texture and keeping the frizz at bay. Many popular hair products now come in travel sizes but if yours doesn’t grab some mini bottles and travel tubes to fill with your own products.
FTF: Lots of swimming in chlorine while travelling can lead to a green tinge in blond hair. Is there any way to prevent this?
LB: Dry hair acts like a sponge and absorbs the copper and chlorine in swimming pools which gives your hair that green tinge. Where possible, wet or wash your hair before you take the plunge. If you want to be extra cautious, apply a leave in conditioner to wet hair before you swim which will provide a moisturizing barrier against the chlorine.
What are you favourite tips to keep your hair under control when you travel? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Toni & Guy Cronulla for my Peptame hair treatment. I loved it so much I returned and paid in full for my second treatment. This post contains some affiliate links which will earn me a few cents to contribute to the running of this blog if you make a qualifying purchase at no extra cost to you